Izaak Walton League of America

Watershed Conservation Activities

in Fairfax County, Virginia

Formerly, Arlington Fairfax Chapter of the IWLA Watershed Conservation Activities

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Water Quality

It is a Quality of Life Issue

Over the past few decades, the water quality of many rivers and bays has been improved by the elimination or control of point source discharges of sewage and industrial effluents. Unfortunately these gains have been offset at least in part by the increase in housing densities in many watershed areas and the resulting increase in the effects of so called non point source pollution.
Read Non point source pollution means never having to say you're sorry.

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Links to Area Watershed Groups


For directions or more details on the following events please call Colin Riley at 703-200-3994 or send an email to fairfaxwatershed at yahoo.com.

Students who are volunteering in order to earn school service learning hours or extra credit should bring that to the attention of the cleanup coordinator during the sign-in period on the day of the event. This will ensure that the coordinator will be available to sign off on the students work at the end of the event.

All volunteers are welcome but minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Bags, gloves, and tools will be supplied. There will be some drinking water available but you may wish to bring some of your own.

Potomac Watershed Cleanup At Mason Neck State Park

Located on Belmont Bay near the confluence of the Occoquan and Potomac Rivers, Mason Neck State Park is home to a diverse array of wildlife including the American Bald Eagle. Unfortunately trash from area roads in the Occoquan watershed is constantly being washed ashore.
We conduct about four shoreline cleanups a year in order to help maintain the quality of the habitat as well as the recreational value of the park.

Potomac Watershed Cleanup at Mason Neck State Park will be April 11, 2015 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Potomac Watershed Cleanup - Accotink Creek in Fairfax City

Potomac Watershed Cleanup in Fairfax City will be April 12, 2015 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.