On Saturday October 13, 2012 the Friends of the Occoquan conducted their Fall Cleanup of the Occoquan Watershed. Over 170 volunteers combed the banks of the Occoquan picking up trash and other debris.Collectively, 185 bags of trash, tires, barrels, paint cans, radiators, tables, lawn furniture and various other articles were retrieved and properly disposed. This is very significant since the Occoquan Reservoir is a major source of drinking water here in Northern Virginia. There were five major sites for the cleanup: the Town of Occoquan, Lake Ridge Marina, Fountain Head Park, Occoquan Regional Park and the Bull Run Marina.Other organizations that participated in this successful event were the Bull Run Rotary, South County Secondary School, Lake Braddock HS, Lake Braddock Crew, Woodbridge High School and JROTC, Forest Park ROTC, the Boy & Girl Scouts of America, and the Town of Occoquan. Other partners in this event included the Fairfax Water Authority, Longwood University Coastal Cleanup, American Water Company, Chesapeake Bay Restoration Advisory Committee, Prince William County and the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. During the cleanup we continued with our educational program. Helga Perrin presented watershed and water conservation instruction to a group of 20 youngsters.