Arlington Fairfax Chapter

of the

Izaak Walton League of America

Watershed Conservation Activities


Adopt A Stream Cleanup of Bull Run

March 7, 2009 10 am to 1 pm

Location : Prince William side of Bull Run downstream from the Route 28 Bridge

On March 7th, in one of our more physically demanding cleanups, 7 volunteers removed almost 500 pounds of trash from a 0.9 miles length of Bull Run's flood plain in order to prevent it from being washed further downstream.

It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the low 70's. Most of the trash that we encountered was flood borne debris likely from last year's flooding in September and May. The items of greatest concern that were found on this site were plastic jugs of motor oil. A one gallon plastic jug was found during this cleanup and a full five gallon container was removed from the property last weekend. The origin of this material is unknown but there may be other containers up or downstream.
Volunteers included;
Chapter Members Russell Bertram, Colin Riley, Craig Osteen and his son Walter.
Ned and Lynn Foster of Friends of Little Rocky Run.
Karen Sizelove of NOVA Trout Unlimited.

Volunteers sweep the bank for flood borne trash.

Stream Clean up volunteers - from left to right; Walter Osteen, Karen Sizelove, Ned Foster, Russell Bertram, Craig Osteen

Breakdown of Trash Collected March 7th

Description Weight(pounds)
8 automobile tires 218
9 bags of polystyrene foam, plastic bags, beverage containers and other trash 217
1 gallon of used motor oil 8
Plastic 5 gallon bucket containing laundry detergent powder 22
Plastic Toyota Truck Cargo Liner 33
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While we made a fair dent, a lot remains to be done on our next Adopt A Stream Cleanup on May 3rd.

Click on this link for information about our next scheduled Adopt-A-Stream cleanup of Bull Run.

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1 Bull Run is a stream that runs into the Occoquan River and as such is part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.