Friends of the Occoquan is a non-profit organization of local citizens who preserve and maintain the natural integrity of the Occoquan River and other Virginia and nation wide watersheds by promoting community awareness through public and private partnerships.
Vision of the Friends
To energize individuals, community and business groups to take on the challenges of keeping Virginia’s and the nations reservoirs and rivers clean, by controlling excessive sedimentation and pollution. This message will be brought to schools, civic groups and community organizations, as well as local and federal government agencies.
Coordinate watershed management efforts and programs.
Open communications and develop cooperation among intergovernmental jurisdictions regarding the rivers and watersheds.
Provide decision makers, policy makers, and citizens with accurate information.
Develop public and private partnerships focused on maintaining the natural integrity of drinking water sources.
Engage the community, including the Spanish speaking population, to become stakeholders of our rivers and streams.
Education and Coordination FOTO is working with community groups, schools, federal, state and local governments to promote watershed preservation.
FOTO continues to expand contacts with other groups to enlarge watershed stakeholders. Installation of international signs along the watersheds is one of our projects.
FOTO is proceeding to engage the Spanish speaking community to become stakeholders of our watersheds and become active in maintaining clean and safe our rivers. In addition to the bilingual signs described below, we will be installing other bilingual signs in DC, Fairfax and PrinceWilliamCounties. Also we are preparing videos, literature and some TV programs.
Congratulations to Kristen Mark - FOTO'S Fall Gardening Kit Winner!
FOTO Brings the Art of Fall Gardening to the
Occoquan Arts and Craft Festival
The predicted rainy weather did not interfere with this year's Arts and Crafts Festival in the Town of Occoquan. As part of FOTO's Community Garden Project, a ceder barrel planter filled with fall vegetables,a few decorative plants, soil and gloves was raffled off. Having this raffle gave FOTO an opportunity to talk with festival goers about planting fall gardens. Children visited our tent and were able to express themselves creatively by adding their drawings to a river mural. Many river supporters stopped by to express their thanks to FOTO and to find out how they can help with the upcoming clean up on Saturday, October 17th.
Sonia Monson, Patti Rothrock and Cathy Tarr
Children stop by to draw on the river mural.
Vendor from Tribal Stylez draws the raffle winner.
FOTO Launches Community/Home Garden Project
Today, FOTO team members launched their Community Garden project. German Vanegas, Renate Vanegas, Sonia Monson, Linda Murray and Helga Perrin gave presentations. Deborah Johnson and Chuck Penn from Dominion Power, one of our sponsors, presented a grant check. The Community Garden Project will coincide with FOTO's already established Rain Barrel Project.
In attendance at todays presentation were Mike May, Occoquan Supervisor; Earnie Porta, former mayor of the Town Occoquan; and Bobby Klancher representing Chairman Corey Stewart. Joining us also were Thomas Benjamin, Treasurer of NOVA Veterans Association, Bill Olson and Kristy Smedely of Grace Community Garden, Doug O'Brien with Tom Burrell representing LOCCA and Lake RIdge HOA, Nancy Berlin of VA COOP Ext. and Master Gardener Coordinator, Coles Elementary School Teacher Ramona Richardson and William Moss of PRS and Kimm Barry, IT Specialist.
How to get your Friend of the Occoquan License Plate
Good afternoon friend of the Occoquan River:
The Occoquan River Communities (ORC) is undertaking an effort to create a Friend of the Occoquan State of VA License Plate.
ORC is required to sell 450 plates prior to the end of 2014. If they can achieve this number then VA DMV will sell the plate at every DMV office in the state of VA. In addition $10 from every plate sold will go to Friends of the Occoquan (FOTO) to support their efforts to protect and conserve the Occoquan River.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We need you to help promote this effort with you organization(s), friends and family. We can provide informational brochures and even try to have an ORC member speak at your meeting. We are under the gun, so time is of the essence.
If you feel you can help please contact me by email and we will go from there.
Thanks in advance for your support!
John J. Houser
Occoquan Regional Park
9751 Ox Road
Lorton, VA 22079
Office: 703-690-2121 Cell: 571-329-1542
Make a Contribution or Donation:
Please send a check or money order payable to FOTO to the address below:
or pay with credit card using paypal by clicking the link below:
Friends of the Occoquan P.O. Box 1452 Woodbridge, VA 22195-1452 Tel. (703)624-7124