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Discover Western Prince William December 2017
20
Your Business
&
Community
in Action
~ Sarah Smarrelli
Help Prince William Keep Local Watersheds Healthy
With their focus on protecting and enhancing the water and soil resources
in Prince William County, the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation
District (PWSWCD) is always in need of help from community residents.
You can play a part in this important effort through a variety of efforts.
Maintaining the
county's nearly
1,100 miles of
streams is critical.
The county has
several volunteer-
driven programs to
help keep streams
clean. Each of these
programs involves
walking along a
stream or paddling
a stream channel
to collect trash and
gather data such as
types and quantities of trash, debris too large to move, and any problems
encountered. One of their most active programs is the Adopt-a-Stream
program, where residents agree to adopt at least a quarter-mile section of
stream and commit to pick up litter at least once per year, for a minimum
two-year commitment. The county provides all supplies--gloves, trash
bags, and vests--needed for your annual clean-up.
As special recognition after doing at least one clean-up, the county will post
a metal "Adopt-A-Stream" sign recognizing the group's effort. Boy and Girl
Scout troops, 4-H clubs, ecology clubs, school clubs, families, individuals,
businesses, church groups, sports teams, home-school groups, or other
organizations can adopt a stream. For more information, call
(571) 379-
7514 or send an email to waterquality@pwswcd.org.
In addition, the county hosts several one-time stream clean-up events
throughout the year. For more details about these events, visit their
website at
www.pwswcd.org. One upcoming project is a water quality
monitoring event for the Bull Run Watershed at James S. Long Park-
Catharpin on
January 7, 2018 from noon­2:30 p.m. Elaine Wilson, one
of Prince William County's certified monitors, will lead this effort along
Catharpin Creek, which features some unique animal life. Adults and kids
are welcome, but spots are limited so please RSVP be sending an email
to
Elaine.Wilson@dcwater.com.
City of Manassas Recognized as
Keep America Beautiful Affiliate
After a year of diligent work by the recycling
coordinator and the citizens' advisory
committee on solid waste, the City of
Manassas recently was designated as a
certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful
(KAB). As part of the national KAB network, Keep Manassas Beautiful has
pledged to serve as a catalyst for positive community change, with the
goal of improving the quality of life for City residents by working to end
littering, improve recycling, and beautify the community.
Keep Manassas Clean with Adopt-a-Street Program
Through participation in the City of Manassas' Adopt-a-Street Program,
local residents volunteer to hold regular clean-ups of designated areas
in the community. Individuals, organizations, or businesses can commit
to volunteer for a two-year term, with the City providing trash bags,
safety vests, and safety tips for
clean-ups. In addition, the City
posts a sign with the adopting
group or individual's name
displayed in the clean-up area.
Adoptable locations include:
parks, parking lots, walkways,
median strips, streets, public
grounds, or other City-owned
property. For more information
or to enroll in the Adopt-a-
Street program, visit
www.
manassascity.org/trash, or contact Monica Boehringer at (703) 257-
8252 or mboehringer@ci.manassas.va.us.
Be a Weekend Warrior for Project Mend-A-House
With a constant need for volunteers to help perform minor repairs and
safety modifications on the homes of low-income residents, seniors,
veterans, and the disabled in Prince William County and the Cities of
Manassas and Manassas Park, Project Mend-A-House hosts special
Weekend Warrior programs. Designed to accommodate volunteers who
can't work during the week, this program designates one or two Saturdays
each month for weekend warriors to work. Ideally, each weekend project
will be set up and completed in one day with two to three volunteers per
project. Weekend warrior volunteers will build wheelchair ramps, modify
doorways, secure flooring, repair leaky faucets, and perform other basic
home repairs. The next Weekend Warrior events are on
December 16 and
January 13, 2018. For more information or to sign up, call Talbot Abshire
at
(571) 222-5339 or send an email to talbot@pmahweb.org.