Friends of the Occoquan wishes to thank all the volunteers that contributed to a very successful and productive Fall 2003 Clean up of the Occoquan watershed.
WOODBRIDGE, VA, October 18, 2003 – Volunteers from around the area and as far as Silver Spring, MD came to the Lake Ridge Marina, Bull Run Marina, Fountainhead Park, and the Town of Occoquan to volunteer their time and energy to help clean up the Occoquan watershed.Individuals and community groups including SGM Joe Neely, SFC Fred Elliott and cadets from the Woodbridge High School JROTC, Boy Scouts Troop 1115 of McLean, George Mason University, Godwin Middle School and the Bull Run Rotary Club came out and spent a beautiful Saturday morning hauling well over 3 tons of trash from the Occoquan Watershed. Bud Craft used his pontoon boat to take volunteers to different locations in the river. Claudia Cruise, Kathy and Chuck Burch were in charge of the volunteers cleaning up the Town of Occoquan. Bill Olson was in charge of Fountainhead cleaning operations. Maner and Stacey Lawton were in charge of cleaning up the Bull Run Marina; they used their two boats to ferry volunteers and pick up trash bags. Alex Vanegas and the Bull Run Rotary Club helped to clean the Bull Run Marina. Also present Chairman Sean Connaughton, who has supported FOTO since its inception, worked hands-on together with Marty Nohe, Prince William County Soil Conservation District director, Corey Stewart and David Brickley, former Director of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. As usually John Rothrock and John Chandler used their boats to transport trash to the collection points. Numerous tires, barrels, lawn chairs, sports equipment, and 150 trash bags were gathered up in an effort to maintain the beauty and integrity of the Occoquan River.