Arlington Fairfax Chapter

of the

Izaak Walton League of America

Watershed Conservation Activities

Shoreline Cleanup of Mason Neck State Park

January 10, 2009 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

On January 10th, two chapter volunteers participated in the first annual winter shoreline cleanup at Mason Neck State Park. Working the beach and wetland area near the Bay View trail they collected over 100 pounds of polystyrene foam, plastic and glass bottles.

It was admittedly a bit optimistic to plan such an event in the winter but it provided an opportunity to extract debris that had been obscured by vegetation during the summer and fall. The previous night's weather forecast calling for an 80 percent chance of rain probably did not help turnout either.

As it happens, we could not have picked a more perfect day in January for a shoreline cleanup. Winds were negligible with temperatures in the mid to upper forties. Even better, no precipitation occured until after 2:30 pm.

We did not bother to pick up the most unusual item found, a large northern snakehead lying dead on the beach.

Click on this link for information about our next scheduled cleanup at Mason Neck State Park.

For information and directions please call Colin Riley at 703-200-3994 or send an email to

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