Watershed Newsletter

   January 2023



The Conservation District's Water Quality Volunteers in 2022, Saved over $129,500 of Taxpayers' Money in Community Science Volunteerism

Special Thanks to all the Conservation District's Volunteers


Your hard work and dedication in protecting water quality across Prince William in April 2022 got you recognized as the 2021 Winner of the National Earth Team Award by the National Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS, USDA).

2022 recorded more achievements under the Water Quality programs.

The Adopt-A-Stream/Pond/ River Program registered 39 cleanup events which covered over 88.62 miles of streams. This intercepted over 27,970 lbs. of debris from reaching the Chesapeake Bay. 1,199 litter bags and 134 tires were collected with an input of over 3,376 hours of volunteers’ time.

The Biological Monitoring program registered 20 monitoring events with over 128 participants. 4 new certified monitors and a certified trainer were added to the program. Thanks to Prince William County and Manassas City school systems for their engagement to promote science and data. Thanks to the Town of Dumfries Public Works Department for promoting E. Coli monitoring which is open to the public.

The Chemical monitoring program collects the following chemical parameters, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, turbidity, pH, and temperature. 9 new monitors joined the program in 2022 adding 22 new sites to the program’s map. Over 670 monitoring events were recorded. This registered over 538 hours of volunteer time.

Overall, the Conservation District’s Water Quality programs saved over $129,618. of taxpayers’ money as of Independent Sector Volunteer Rate (29.95/hr.).

Special thanks to all the local organizations, cooperate sectors, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and the County Government for their extra support of the program. 

Are you a Landowner or Farmer in Prince William?

Are you concerned about the future of water quality and more?

Join the Conservation District on January 24th!

Where: Cedar Run Brewery, 6- 8 pm

    Some upcoming Water Quality Events

January 21: Biological Water Quality Monitoring in Lake Ridge

Feb. 11: The 5th Annual Prince William Native Plant Symposium

March 4: Water Quality and Certification Event

March 11: Bull Run Protectors Cleanup

April 14: Potomac Roundtable Meeting in Prince William County

April 24-28: National Water Quality Monitoring Conference

Sept. 23: Occoquan River Cleanup (PWTSC)

Biological Water Quality Monitoring

Come get the Experience or Certification on March 4, 2023

Broad Run Watershed

Do you want to become a Certified Water Quality Monitor?

Virginia Save Our Streams Certified Monitors collect biological data and support the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) with data from the hundreds of miles of streams in Virginia that its staff cannot cover.

Contact: Veronica Tangiri: waterquality@pwswcd.org

Become A Certified Water Quality Monitor!

Start Your Training Here!

Virginia Save Our Streams!

Promote Water Quality Awareness. Protect Water for the Future generation!

Save Our Streams Certification (iwla.org)


For promoting water quality awareness and making a huge

difference in 2022

Adopt-A-Stream/Pond/ River Program

  • Aurora Flight Sciences
  • Bae Systems
  • Belmont Bay Paddlers
  • Bella Hogan-Pennington Traditional
  • Beckner Family
  • Bull Run Protectors
  • Congregation Ner Shalom
  • Freedom High School Center for Environmental & Natural Sciences (CENS)
  • Friends OF The Occoquan (FOTO)
  • Garfield HS
  • Lake Ridge Deer Management & Conservation
  • Leopold's Preserve
  • Lyon Family
  • NOVA Geocache
  • Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition (PWTSC)
  • Prince William Conservation Alliance
  • Shoemaker Family
  • Sheffield Manor Homeowners Association (HOA)
  • Town of Dumfries
  • Troop 964
  • The Clean Water Project
  • Merrimac Farm Master Naturalists
  • Micron Technology Inc.
  • Virginia Scuba Dive Club
  • Woodbridge Potomac Communities Civic Association (WPCCA)

Water Quality Monitoring

Biological Monitoring Program

Catharpin Team - Elaine Wilson

Cannon Branch Team

Bull Run Team

Broad Run Team

Powells Creek Team

Russia Branch Team

Quantico Creek Team

Chemical Monitoring Program

This special group of individuals collected data on conductivity, pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and turbidity from over 100 sites across Prince William, Manassas City, and the Town of Dumfries.

Thanks to the partnership of the Manassas Public Works Department, Town of Dumfries Public Works Department, George Mason University (GMU) and Keep Prince William Beautiful (KPWB).

There are more sites open for adoption. For more information, please contact

Veronica Tangiri at waterquality@pwswcd.org.

Join the Conservation District for Clean Waterways in Prince William

Are you inspired to make a difference in your community by adopting a waterway or pond? Locate any site (orange color) on the map or propose any waterbody/wetland close to home and be part of the District's Adopt-A-Stream/Pond/River Program.
Click here: https://arcg.is/enu04

Promote Science and Research in local Waterways with the 'Clean Swell' App!

Explore the Clean Swell App provided by Ocean Conservancy. Record your cleanup data from any location across the County.

Get the free download "Clean Swell" App

Land Cleanup <Enter Group Name <: "PWSWCD"

  • Enter your data as you clean up!
  • Promote Water Quality Awareness
  • Get free cleanup supplies from the Conservation District



Community Science Volunteers Needed for the Chemical Monitoring program

With the Conservation District's mission to promote clean waterways in Prince William, the Water Quality Monitoring program gets an additional YSI water meter to collect more chemical data in both shallow and deep water.

This program follows the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) data standards and supports the Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Cooperative (CMC) database with the following parameters: conductivity, pH, temperature, Dissolved Oxygen (DO), and turbidity.

Become a Community Scientist with the Conservation District

For more information, contact: waterquality@pwswcd.org

For Chemical Data and monitoring sites in Prince William County, visit: Chesapeake Data Explorer

Water Quality Volunteers Make a Difference!

Together, We Can Make A Change!

To adopt a waterway,



Video on Plastic Pollution Awareness


Marine Debris Project - Prince William Soil & Water Conservation District

The County's First Trash Trap "Bandalong" needs cleanup every Friday!

Do you know how this trash trap works?

Be part of this data collection program every Friday in the Neabsco Watershed!

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hughes (thughes@pwcgov.org).

Some upcoming events

Biological Water Quality Monitoring Event

Westridge Community in Lake Ridge

Saturday, January 21

Join Certified Monitor Sarah Caradetti at this newly adopted site along the Westridge trail as it flows into Airport Creek.

Parking: Westridge Elementary School 12400 Knightsbridge Dr, Woodbridge, VA 22192. Then 5 mins walk on a paved trail to the site. (Trail is marked in red).

Alternatively, park on the street on Flodden Ct. Or Orkney Ct and access the trail.

For more information, contact waterquality@pwswcd.org. (Spots are limited).

Register as an Attendee or as an Exhibitor

Thanks again for making a difference!
Prince William Soil & Water Conservation District is funded by Prince William County Public Works Department, Stormwater Management Branch, and through financial and administrative assistance provided by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Soil and Water Conservation.
Programs, activities and employment opportunities are available to all people regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or political affiliation. Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
PWSWCD,  8850 Rixlew Lane , Manassas, VA 20109, Ph.: 571-379-7514 ,Fax: 571-379-8305 

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