2013 Potomac Watershed Cleanup
Accotink Creek Watershed
weekends, April 6 thru May 4

All Friends of Accotink Creek Activities earn student Community Service hours.

GET YOUR BRAIN WET! Join Friends of Accotink Creek in partnership with the Alice Ferguson Foundation to get trash out of our waterways during the 25th Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup in Fairfax County.    

Let's Do It! is a worldwide movement focusing attention on illegal dumping sites. Friends of Accotink Creek is tackling some of these eyesores and health hazards in our watershed - strong arms needed!
Photo essay on the dumping sites of the "Bumper Dumpers".

See WHY WE FIGHT Video and WHY WE MUST CARE Video , then become the solution.

How can you help? - Join us at one, two, or as many cleanups as you like.

Have friends? - Invite them to join. Spread the word. Your civic association, club, school, business, etc. is welcome to join or share the news in newsletters or websites!

Are you a leader? - Take charge of one or more of our cleanup sites, by registering and directing volunteers. We provide supplies for the day of the cleanup, including trash bags, gloves, and sign-in sheets.

Volunteer to help clean the Accotink Creek watershed, contact Friends of Accotink Creek.
Also, check our calendar April & May . Or, check the Alice Ferguson web site.

All Friends of Accotink Creek Activities earn student Community Service hours.

April 6 Cleanup Locations:

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM     Join Lake Accotink Park's spring watershed cleanup day , Directions

April 13 Cleanup Locations:

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM     Accotink Creek at Fullerton Road bridge , Directions

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM     Accotink Creek at Franconia-Springfield Parkway bridge , Directions
(Including cleanup of Hooes Road dumpsite)

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM     Accotink Creek at Telegraph Road bridge , Directions

April 20 Cleanup Locations:

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM     Accotink Creek at Fairfax Blvd bridge bridge , Directions

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM     Accotink Creek at Chain Bridge Road , Directions

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM     Accotink Creek at Old Lee Hwy bridge , Directions

April 27 (Fairfax County Springfest/Earth Day/Arbor Day) Cleanup Locations:

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM     Accotink Creek at Pickett Road bridge , Directions

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM     Accotink Creek at Barkley Dr bridge , Directions

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM     Accotink Creek at Woodburn Road bridge , Directions

May 4 Cleanup Locations:

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM     Accotink Creek at King Arthur Road bridge , Directions

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM     Accotink Creek at Little River Tpk bridge , Directions

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM     Accotink Creek at Braddock Road bridge , Directions

May 18 Post-cleanup "Thank You" Gathering

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM     All cleanup volunteers are invited to gather for an expression of appreciation with refreshments, learning displays and guided stream walks at Hidden Oaks Nature Center , Directions

Other opportunities to be part of the solution in the Accotink Creek watershed:

  • April 6, 2013 9:00 - 12:00: Hunters Branch, Fairfax, contact Jack Buckley, E-mail 703-385-4874
  • April 6, 2013 9:00 - 12:00: Hidden Oaks Nature Center 703-941-1065
  • April 14, 2013 9:00 - 12:00: Fort Belvoir Accotink Bay contact Kevin Walter US Army 703-805-3969

MAP of Cleanup locations

Three million tons of trash - what the Alice Ferguson Foundation has removed during annual Potomac Watershed Cleanups since 1989. We can't rest now - the litterbugs never rest!

Want to stop litter before it starts? Contact your Virginia legislators to support HOUSE BILL 1381 , HOUSE BILL 1591 , and SENATE BILL 970 , putting a tax on disposable shopping bags. This makes the fourth year running similar bills have been tabled in committee without action, but let your legislators know anyway! Sen. Adam Ebbin and Del. Scott Surovel sponsor this kind of bill every year.

See how others contributed to last year's cleanup.

   

When you live underwater, no one can hear you SCREAM!
We must listen for those screams from the water and repeat them LOUDLY!


"...the nation behaves well if it treats the
natural resources as assets which it must
turn over to the next generation increased
and not impaired in value..."
- Theodore Roosevelt, 1919


Directions to Accotink Creek Watershed
Fairfax County, VA Cleanup Sites

 Accotink Creek at Barkley Dr: From I-495 take Exit 8 to Arlington Blvd (50) west, go about two miles and turn left on Barkley Drive, take first left onto Karen Drive. Parking on Karen Drive, continue south on Barkley on foot 60 yds to creek. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Braddock Road: From I-495 take Exit 5 onto Braddock Road (620) west, take first right into Wakefield Park (Audrey Moore Rec Center), turn left into ballfield parking lot. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Chain Bridge Rd: From I-66 take Exit 60 onto Chain Bridge Road (123) south, go about one mile and turn left onto Kenmore Drive. Parking on Kenmore Drive. Meet on right side. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Fairfax Blvd: From I-66 take Exit 60 onto Chain Bridge Road (123) south, turn left at 2nd light onto Fairfax Blvd/Lee Hwy (29/50), go about one mile and turn left at Rebel Run into Regency Furniture/P.J. Skidoo parking lot. This is where we will meet. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Franconia - Springfield Parkway: From I-95 take Exit 169 onto Old Keene Mill Road (644) west, go about 1.5 miles and turn left onto Hunter Village Drive. Go about 1 mile. Park on road by Rockledge Ct and meet there. Access is the trail on left down hill to Accotink creek. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Fullerton Road: From I-95 take Exit 167 onto Backlick Road, first right on Fullerton Road. Go about .75 mile, turn left onto Boston Blvd, first left into Costco and left again, passing the front entrance. Parking in far corner of Costco lot by tire shop is where we will meet. Access creek from corner of Costco lot next to tire shop. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at King Arthur Road: From I-495 take Exit 6 to Little River Tpk. (236) west, after first light immediately turn right on King Arthur Road, go about .5 mile to bridge. Park on King Arthur Road and meet near the bridge/ trailhead. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Old Lee Hwy: From I-66 take Exit 62 onto Nutley Street (243) south, at end of Nutley turn right on Arlington Blvd (50), go about .75 miles to Fairfax Circle and turn left on Old Lee Hwy. Parking near bridge, across the street from Arties/Bowl America (near Home Depot lot), is where we meet. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Little River Turnpike: From I-495 take Exit 6 to Little River Tpk. (236) west, take first left at Pineridge Drive, immediately turn left again on Accotink Pkwy to Americana Park on left. Parking in Americana Park near Delayed Harvest Trout Waters sign. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Pickett Rd: From I-495 take Exit 8 to Arlington Blvd (50) west, go about three miles and turn left on Pickett Road, then take first left into Thaiss Park. Meet at CCT trail head Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Prosperity Ave: From I-495 take Exit 8 to Arlington Blvd (50) west, go about 1.5 miles, turn left on Prosperity Ave. (699), go about one mile to Eakin Park on left. Parking in Eakin Park. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Telegraph Road: From I-95 take Exit 166A onto Fairfax county Pkwy (7100) south, go about one mile and turn right on Telegraph Road (611), go about .75 mile and turn right on Telegraph Square Drive and right into parking lot alongside Telegraph Road. Meet at far end of the parking lot nearest to bridge. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Woodburn Rd: From I-495 take Exit 6 to Little River Tpk. (236) west, go about two miles and turn right on Woodburn Road (before Exxon station), bear right past fire station. Continue north on Woodburn. Parking available on Spicewood Dr. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Thaiss Park: from 495 take route 50 (Arlington Blvd.)towards Fairfax. Turn left on Pickett Rd. Turn left into the Pickett Road ball Field (Thaiss Park). Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Wakefield Park, Audrey Moore RECenter: Beltway Exit 54A which is Braddock Road west for one quarter mile to the park entrance on the right (opposite Queensberry Ave). Take second left into the ballpark parking lot. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Lake Accotink Park: To front entrance- 7500 Accotink Park Road

From I-95


From the Capital Beltway (I-495)
From Fairfax County Parkway (points west of Springfield)
To back entrance 5660 Heming Avenue
From the Capital Beltway (I-495)

Lake Accotink personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions