Nonprofit needs help cleaning up Occoquan River – Potomac News Online

It almost time for the spring cleaning of the Occoquan River.

Friends of the Occoquan, the nonprofit group that spearheads cleanup efforts, is sponsoring an organizational meeting from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the McCoart Administration Center, off the Prince William Parkway. The meeting will be held in the Occoquan Room of the building.

“We want to plan the cleanup and set a date,” said Herman Vanegas, an organizer for the group.

Friends of the Occoquan held their first two cleanup events last year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Both were successful in ridding a good deal of trash and debris from the river.

The importance of keeping the Occoquan River clean is paramount, according to the group, for the river is the source of drinking water for portions of Prince William and Fairfax counties.

The cleanups concentrate in three areas of the Occoquan River — the Lake Ridge Marina, the Bull Run Marina and within the town of Occoquan.

And more volunteers are needed, Vanegas said.

For more information, contact Friends of the Occoquan by e-mail at [email protected] com. The organization’s Web site is

Staff writer Aileen Streng can be reached at (703) 878-8010.

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