2017 Potomac Watershed Cleanup
Accotink Creek Watershed
weekends, April 1 thru April 29


GET YOUR BRAIN WET! Join Friends of Accotink Creek in partnership with the Alice Ferguson Foundation and Project Clean Stream to get trash out of our waterways during the Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup.

See WHY WE FIGHT Video and WHY WE MUST CARE Video , then become the solution.

How can you help? - Join us at one, two, or as many cleanups as you like.

Have friends? - Invite them to join. Spread the word. Your civic association, club, school, business, etc. is welcome to join or share the news in newsletters or websites!

Are you a leader? - Take charge of one or more of our cleanup sites, by registering and directing volunteers. We provide supplies for the day of the cleanup, including trash bags, gloves, and sign-in sheets.

Volunteer with Team Accotink to help clean the watershed!



Also, check our calendar in April. Or, check the Alice Ferguson and Project Clean Stream websites.
Questions? CONTACT Friends of Accotink Creek

April 1, 2016 Cleanup Location:

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM     Join Lake Accotink Park's spring watershed cleanup day , Directions

April 8, 2017 Cleanup Locations:

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM     Accotink Creek at Fairfax Blvd bridge , Directions

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM     Accotink Creek at Chain Bridge Road , Directions

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM     Accotink Creek at Old Lee Hwy bridge , Directions

April 15, 2017 Cleanup Locations:

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM     Accotink Creek at Fullerton Road bridge , Directions

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM     Accotink Creek at Franconia-Springfield Parkway bridge , Directions
(Including cleanup of Hooes Road dumpsite)

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM     Accotink Creek at Telegraph Road bridge , Directions

April 22, 2017 Cleanup Locations:

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM     Accotink Creek at Pickett Road bridge , Directions

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM     Accotink Creek at Barkley Dr bridge , Directions

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM     Accotink Creek at Woodburn Road bridge , Directions

April 29, 2017 Cleanup Locations:

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM     Accotink Creek at King Arthur Road bridge , Directions

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM     Accotink Creek at Little River Tpk bridge , Directions

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM     Accotink Creek at Braddock Road bridge , Directions

May 8, 2017 Trash Day of Action: Battle of the Bottle:

7:00 AM - 10:00 AM     Send a message to the Bottled Water Association, Alexandria Details

Other opportunities to be part of the cleanup in the Accotink Creek watershed:

  • April 1, 2017
    ★ 8:30 - 12:00: Oak Hill Park, Annandale, contact Mark Pocock , mark.pocock (at) gmail.com
    ★ 9:00 - 12:00: Long Branch Stream Valley Park and Olde Forge/Surrey Square Park, Annandale, contact Bryan Campbell, campbelp929 (at) gmail.com
    ★ 9:00 - 12:00: Wakefield Park, Annandale, contact Tom Kennedy, tfkinva (at) aol.com
    ★ 9:00 - 12:00: Hunters Branch, Fairfax, More Information (may load slowly/not mobile-friendly), or contact Jack Buckley, buckley112 (at) verizon.net
  • April 2, 2017
    ★ 9:00 - 12:00: Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge, Fort Belvoir, More Information
  • April 22, 2017
    ★ 10:00 - 12:00: Long Branch Creek at Cottage St, Vienna, More Information
  • April 23, 2017
    ★ 9:00 - 12:00: Annandale Community Park, Annandale, More Information

MAP of Cleanup locations       


Enraged by the rubbish tossed into our environment by the irresponsible?
After the cleanup season, carry the fight to the source!
Join local environmental groups for the
Trash Day of Action: Battle of the Bottle,
in Alexandria at the International Bottled Water Association.
Send the message - "No more profit without responsibility!"


Three million tons of trash - what the Alice Ferguson Foundation has removed during annual Potomac Watershed Cleanups since 1989. We can't rest now - the litterbugs never rest!

Want to stop litter before it starts? A plastic bag may endure for centuries, but anti-plastic bag legislation has a typical lifespan of mere hours in the Virginia General Assembly. Read of the short, brave life of this year's bill, then contact your Virginia legislators to support putting a tax on disposable shopping bags. This makes the seventh year running similar bills have been tabled in committee without action, but let your legislators know anyway!

See how others contributed to last year's cleanup.

 ♫ Learn the cleanup anthem! ♫

H2O!
Oh no, you didn't
Throw that on the ground!
Oh no, you didn't
Leave your trash around!
I know you didn't
Dirty up the street!
So check yourself and listen to our beat.
Beer bottles, gum wrappers, soda, old shoes,
Leaving things around makes you all fools!
Litter adds up piece by piece.
It's up to us to give Potomac some relief!
It's up to us to give Potomac some relief!

When you live underwater, no one can hear you SCREAM!
We must listen for those screams from the water and repeat them LOUDLY!


Directions to Accotink Creek Watershed
Fairfax County, VA Cleanup Sites

 Accotink Creek at Barkley Dr: From I-495 take Exit 8 to Arlington Blvd (50) west, go about two miles and turn left on Barkley Drive, take first left onto Karen Drive. Parking on Karen Drive, continue south on Barkley on foot 60 yds to creek. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Braddock Road: From I-495 take Exit 5 onto Braddock Road (620) west, take first right into Wakefield Park (Audrey Moore Rec Center), turn left into ballfield parking lot. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Chain Bridge Rd: From I-66 take Exit 60 onto Chain Bridge Road (123) south, go about one mile and turn left onto Kenmore Drive. At end of street turn right on University Drive. Immediately turn left on Layton Hall Drive. Meet at this intersection. Parking on Layton Hall Drive. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Fairfax Blvd: From I-66 take Exit 60 onto Chain Bridge Road (123) south, turn left at 2nd light onto Fairfax Blvd/Lee Hwy (29/50), go about one mile and turn left at Rebel Run into Ashley Furniture/P.J. Skidoo parking lot. This is where we will meet. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Franconia - Springfield Parkway: From I-95 take Exit 169 onto Old Keene Mill Road (644) west, go about 1.5 miles and turn left onto Hunter Village Drive. Go about 1 mile. Park on road by Rockledge Ct and meet there. Access is the trail on left down hill to Accotink creek. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Fullerton Road: From I-95 take Exit 167 onto Backlick Road, first right on Fullerton Road. Go about .75 mile, turn left onto Boston Blvd, first left into Costco and left again, passing the front entrance. Parking in far corner of Costco lot by tire shop is where we will meet. Access creek from corner of Costco lot next to tire shop. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at King Arthur Road: From I-495 take Exit 6 to Little River Tpk. (236) west, after first light immediately turn right on King Arthur Road, go about .5 mile to bridge. Park on King Arthur Road and meet near the bridge/ trailhead. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Old Lee Hwy: From I-66 take Exit 62 onto Nutley Street (243) south, at end of Nutley turn right on Arlington Blvd (50), go about .75 miles to Fairfax Circle and turn left on Old Lee Hwy. Parking near bridge, across the street from Arties/Bowl America (near Home Depot lot), is where we meet. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Little River Turnpike: From I-495 take Exit 6 to Little River Tpk. (236) west, take first left at Pineridge Drive, immediately turn left again on Accotink Pkwy to Americana Park on left. Parking in Americana Park near Delayed Harvest Trout Waters sign. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Pickett Rd: From I-495 take Exit 8 to Arlington Blvd (50) west, go about three miles and turn left on Pickett Road, then take first left into Thaiss Park. Meet at CCT trail head Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Telegraph Road: From I-95 take Exit 166A onto Fairfax county Pkwy (7100) south, go about one mile and turn right on Telegraph Road (611), go about .75 mile and turn right on Telegraph Square Drive and right into parking lot alongside Telegraph Road. Meet at far end of the parking lot nearest to bridge. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Accotink Creek at Woodburn Rd: From I-495 take Exit 6 to Little River Tpk. (236) west, go about two miles and turn right on Woodburn Road (before Exxon station), bear right past fire station. Continue north on Woodburn. Parking available on Spicewood Dr. Personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions

 Lake Accotink Park:
To front entrance - 7500 Accotink Park Road
From I-95 take Old Keene Mill Road (VA-644 west one mile. Right on Hanover Avenue. Left on Highland Street. Right on Accotink Park Road. Park entrance is first left. Follow park road one mile to parking lot by dam. Parking is limited ahead - park at the dam and continue walking along the road to the marina.
To back entrance - 5660 Heming Avenue
From I-495 Take exit 54B (Braddock Road/East) Go 1/2 mile. Right on Heming Avenue. Continue 1 1/2 miles to park entrance on right. From parking area continue walking ahead down the hill to the marina.
Lake Accotink personal Google Map Drive/Bike/Transit directions