Arlington Fairfax Chapter

of the

Izaak Walton League of America

Watershed Conservation Activities


Winter Shoreline Cleanup of Mason Neck State Park

January 7, 2012 from 9:30 to 12:30 pm

11 volunteers participated in a shoreline cleanup of the park on January 7th. The weather was partly cloudy and unseasonably warm. The daytime high temperature at Fort Belvoir was 67 degrees fahrenheit. There also was little wind and wave action on Belmont Bay.

Except for the distant boom of the shotguns of some waterfowl hunters across the Bay near Occoquan it was pretty quiet.

Most of our efforts were confined to the area around the Bay View Trail where there was no shortage of flood borne plastic trash.

Most of the debris that was picked up consisted of styrofoam, plastic bottles and plastic bags as well as more than a few tennis balls.

One tire with a rim and some fragments of plastic lawn furniture were also carried out

The water was too cold to use canoes or other watercraft to move the trash so that participants had to carry the 14 bags that they had filled a considerable distance to the parking lot.

Total weight of trash collected was 301 pounds.

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