Watershed Newsletter

      September 2022


Clean Waterways, Healthy and Sustainable Environment!


Making A Difference In NOVA

                      "Get Involved This Fall" 

Help clean the Occoquan River; the drinking water source for most parts of Prince William and  Fairfax Counties


To register for this +25 miles Annual Upper Occoquan River Cleanup

Visit: http://www.pwtsc.org/2022/08/13-annual-upper-occoquan-river-cleanup-september-24-2022/

To register, Visit Friends of the Occoquan

Upcoming Cleanup Events;

  • September 10-16: Belmont Bay Community (Belmont Bay Paddlers)
  • September 24: 13th Annual Upper Occoquan River Cleanup (Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition)
  • October 1: Leopold's Preserve @ Haymarket
  • October 1: Occoquan River Cleanup (Friends Of The Occoquan)
  • November 5: Neabsco Regional Park Boardwalk and Wetland cleanup (REI Woodbridge)
  • November 12: Bull Run Shopping Center Area (Bull Run Protectors)
Registration for the 2022 International Coastal Cleanup is now OPEN. To sign up, visit this link: https://forms.gle/rHZzEK7uWQUq7KAy9
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 Prince William Waterways with '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 cleanup
  • Promote Water Quality Awareness
  • Get free cleanup supplies from the District
Volunteers Needed for the Chemical Monitoring program

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

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,

Marine Debris Project - Prince William Soil & Water Conservation District

Trash Collection for Educational Outreach and Water Quality Awareness in Prince William County.

The Conservation District is now collecting little portable/colorful/durable plastic items recovered from local waterways within Prince William County, its towns and cities. These items will be used to promote education outreach for more water quality awareness.

Collection period: August - October 2022,

Quality: Items must be made of plastic, attractive, colorful, durable, and not weigh more than 4 pounds.

Bring or send items to Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District.

Be part of this beautiful trash collection project!

Bring/send collected items to:

8850 Rixlew Ln, Manassas, VA 20109

The County's First Trash Trap "Bandalong" has 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)

Become A Certified  Water Quality Monitor in PWC!

Start Your Training Here!

Virginia Save Our Streams!

Promote  Water Quality Awareness in Prince William!

Save Our Streams Certification (iwla.org)

Farm Field Days Is Back!   

31st year anniversary!

October 12th and October 13th 

The Conservation District is excited to welcome back 4th graders at the Prince William Fairgrounds on October 12th and October 13th to learn about farms.

If you're interested in volunteering, you can fill out our form here:


For Promoting Water Quality Awareness
  • Congratulations to Leopold's Preserve in Haymarket and 
  •  Westridge Homeowner's Association in Lake Ridge for engaging in water quality monitoring and awareness in the community through the   Water Quality Monitoring program

Special thanks to Ms. Dalise Deville for supporting the Conservation Districts' Water Quality Program this summer.

Dalise enjoyed her volunteer time learning more about protecting water as a natural resource. She also learned more about the Conservation District and its conservation goals.

Ms. Deville is a student at Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Virginia Marine Debris Summit,

Sept 27 & 28, 2022 

The Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, and Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University, with support from the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center all invite you to this interactive summit as we explore solutions to marine debris from bottles, cans, bags, food containers, cigarette butts, and other consumer items

The Summit will be held at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach.

To register, visit: :https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_IHbdwidsnnh2ldwRgkgezZfPOYiEJVfRsMgWjnawRCOfDw/viewform

Saturday, October 22

Virginia Citizens for Watr Quality

Location: Randolph Macon College 

Time: 9.30 am - 4pm

Registration for the 2022 Virginia Citizens for Water Quality Summit is now open!

Registration is $25 and includes light refreshments in the morning and a boxed lunch. Click here to register now, registration will close Friday, October 14th

Some upcoming events

13th Annual Upper Occoquan River Cleanup

(Organized by Prince William Trials and Streams Coalition)

Saturday, September 24

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

For update, visit www.pwtsc.org

Occoquan River Clean-up video 2020 - YouTube

Occoquan River Cleanup

(Organized by Friends of the Occoquan)

Saturday, October 1.

9:00-12:00 Noon

To register visit: https://www.friendsoftheoccoquan.org/

Neabsco Regional Park Boardwalk Cleanup

(Organized by REI)

Saturday, November 5th.

9:00-12:00 Noon

For update visit: www. pwtsc.org and https://www.rei.com/stores/woodbridge

Bull Run Watershed Protectors

(Organized by Merrimac Farm Virginia Master Naturalists and Friends of the Square)

Saturday, November 12. (2nd Saturday of November & 2nd Saturday of March)

9:00-12:00 Noon

Clean Virginia Waterways
August -Early November
Register your cleanup events under this program for more cleanup and litter data in Prince William County.

Registration for the 2022 International Coastal Cleanup is OPEN and you can sign up using this link: https://forms.gle/rHZzEK7uWQUq7KAy9
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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