“Hats off to all FOTO volunteers”
April 6, 2008—Braving rain and nasty weather, 87 devoted volunteers gathered early Sunday morning at four marinas on the shores of the Occoquan River. The original cleanup date had been changed from April 5th to April 6th due to a heavy rain forecast for Saturday and sunshine for Sunday. As it turned out, the sun came out Saturday and the rain returned on Sunday. Despite the downpour, the volunteers which included Woodbridge High School’s JROTC and their leader SGM Neeley, South County and Lake Braddock Secondary Schools, American Water Company, Duane DeBruyne representing Lake Braddock Crew, cub scouts and many others, picked up litter by boat and on foot. Coordinators manning the sites: LeAnne Astin, John Rothrock, Eric Forbes, Renate Vanegas and supporting the cleanup Bill Olson, Bill Coles and Kathy Burch.
Husband and wife team, Mike and Judi Lenehan, who recently moved into the area and fell in love with the Occoquan, gave a helping hand. It takes devoted volunteers to keep our drinking water source clean and pristine.
Bull Run—14 volunteers
22 bags of trash, refrigerator, office chair, lawn chair and table, 8 tires and rims,
two trash cans, a metal barrel, space heater, several paint buckets, Styrofoam pieces, a rubber float with oars.
Fountain Head—40 volunteers
45 bags of trash, six tires and rims, 4 large pieces of Styrofoam, baby stroller, a bike, wood sheeting.
Lake Ridge Marina—28 volunteers
26 bags of trash, pieces of ply wood and Styrofoam and metal pieces, and 2 tires.
Occoquan Regional Park—5 volunteers
6 bags of litter.