Friends of Accotink Creek
Potomac Watershed Cleanup
April 2023

Thanks go out to all the Friends of Accotink Creek participating in the Potomac Watershed Cleanup along our 12 adopted stretches of Accotink Creek in 2023!

See all our cleanup photos on SHUTTERFLY !

Our March 11, 2023, stream cleanup:
We enyoyed a mostly sunny day with temperatures in the mid 40's. Our cleanup today was a reserved event for Cultural Crossways, a group of international exchange students with American Councils for International Education. Thank you, Cultural Crossways! Our 28 student volunteers hauled 19 bags of trash, 1 tire, 2 basketballs, and 1 soccer ball out of the creek. Our most unusual find here was a milk crate. The students used the tire and soccer ball for an impromtu goal shooting contest.

Cultural Crosways exchange students improvise
a soccer shootout with found items. Watch your head!

The graphic report from Ted's solo cleanup.

Solo wintertime cleanup:

We want to recognize the impressive efforts of Ted Plunkett, who conducted his usual solo winter cleanup campaign in the Wakefield Park area.

Ted has done cleanups like this for years in and around Wakefield Park, and he's earned our gratitude and admiration.

Thanks, Ted!

See all our cleanup photos on our SHUTTERFLY page!

Since 1989, the Alice Ferguson Foundation has spearheaded the Potomac Watershed Cleanup. Now the largest regional event of its kind, the cleanup has engaged over 170,000 volunteers and removed more than 8,000,000 pounds of trash from the Potomac Watershed.

GET YOUR BRAIN WET! Join Friends of Accotink Creek in next year's annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup in April & May and the International Coastal Cleanup in September & October!

Learn more about Clean Virginia Waterways

Litterbugs: Their selfish behavior is the "gift" that keeps on giving. Trash may be out of sight and out of mind for the litterer, but it continues to blight communities and habitats far removed in time and distance. When litterers make the decision to solve their immediate disposal problem irresponsibly, they are also making the decision to create problems that endure for generations. Filth is the monument they build for themselves.