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Virginia Waterways Cleanup Events for 2021 (August through December)

We are proud to be part of the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup.

2021 -- A GREAT YEAR to cleanup up our home.

Read about how to lead a cleanup HERE.
Sign up your cleanup here to get your certificate and bandanna
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The Ocean Starts at Your Front Door
This will be a great year for everyone to clean their neighborhood, a stream near their home, or do a cleanup while visiting a park or beach. Every square inch of Virginia is in a watershed, so we all help our ocean and the Chesapeake Bay by removing litter and trash – where ever it is found.

Data Collection: An Important Part of the ICC

Please collect data about the trash you are finding -- your data will be used to help us understand trends and come up with solutions to marine debris and plastic pollution!

You can collect data using paper Data Cards (download them here) OR you can use the CleanSwell App on your smartphone. NEW: Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves and face masks have been added to the CleanSwell App and the paper Data Card.

 

  These Longwood University students masked up to cleanup!

Certificates and Bandannas:
Clean Virginia Waterways will send your group/family a certificate thanking you for your participation in the ICC in Virginia. In addition, a bandanna will be mailed to the leader of each group. Sign up here to get your certificate and bandanna.

Safety First
CVW has expanded our safety guidelines for a safe cleanup. Read the Safety Guidelines here.

Register Your Cleanup with Clean VA Waterways
Please register your Cleanups using our Google Form here. If you can’t use Google, just send us an email with your name and address and let us know if you will be gathering data via the CleanSwell App or by using a printed copy of the Data Card.

Supplies
CVW is working with partners throughout Virginia to establish "Supply Pickup Locations". So far, we have locations lined up in VA Beach, Abingdon, Richmond, Farmville and Northern VA. If your organization will have a staffed location and can serve as a Supply Pickup Location, please contact us at cleanva@longwood.edu! Many libraries, including the Hampton, VA Public Libraries have cleanup kits available year round for checking out! Be sure to all ahead to learn of the library hours.

Questions or updates to the list of ICC events?
If you have questions, please send an email to cleanva@longwood.edu, or leave a message by calling 434-395-2602, and we will call you back.

As ever, thank you for supporting the International Coastal Cleanup in Virginia! Since Clean Virginia Waterways was founded in 1995, this annual volunteer event has kept nearly 5 MILLION pounds of litter and plastic pollution out of our ocean because of your dedication.

County or town Date Location Contact Notes
Accomack 9/25/2021 Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Contact Heather for details: heather_mcdaniel@nps.gov

This year on Public Lands Day, September 25, 2021 Assateague Island National Seashore will be having a beach clean up in the Virginia district of the island also known as the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

This year the National Park Service is hosting it instead of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

This is a GREAT place to help clean our beaches and ocean!

Town of Abingdon 10/24/2021 Muster Grounds

Carol Doss

Upper Tennessee River Roundtable

uppertnriver@yahoo.com
Upper Tennessee River Roundtable is partnering with Sustain Abingdon this year!
Accomack County (Wachapreague)     Seaside salt marsh -- details coming soon Join the Nature Conservancy's Virginia Coast Reserve in this cleanup. Details to be posted soon.
Albemarle County 9/4/2021 Meadow Creek

Caitlin Embly

The Nature Conservancy in Virginia

caitlin.embly@tnc.org
 
Appomattox County 9/11/2021

James River

13 sites along the James River will be cleaned as part of the James River Regional Cleanup Details for signing up will be available soon from The James River Advisory Council.
Arlington 9/18/2021 Barcroft Park

Joslin Gallatin is the contact for EcoArlington

joslin@ecoactionarlington.org
We have cleaned this site for more than 25 years! Join us! Registration form: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/2021ICC 
Buckingham County 9/11/2021

James River

13 sites along the James River will be cleaned as part of the James River Regional Cleanup Details for signing up will be available soon from The James River Advisory Council.
Caroline County 11/20/2021 Multiple sites along the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers

Brent Hunsinger

Friends of the Rappahannock

brent.hunsinger@riverfriends.org
there will be multiple events in September, October and November
Carroll 9/26/2021 Big Reed Island Creek

Contact:
Charles Whittle of Carroll County Democrats
cwhitjr44@gmail.com

Cleanup will be from rt 664 (Silverleaf Rd) upstream 1 1/2 miles to the sandbar. Will float and walk.
Chesapeake 9/25/2021 Indian River Bridge

Contact:
Rogard Ross of Friends of Indian River
rogard@yahoo.com

For Details, see https://www.facebook.com/events/4213095478775535
Chesapeake Check back for details!  

Lacy Shirey, Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council, director@chesapeakehumane.org

 
Chesterfield and Chester 9/11/2021

James River

13 sites along the James River will be cleaned as part of the James River Regional Cleanup Details for signing up will be available soon from The James River Advisory Council.
Colonial Heights Check back for details!

Appamatuck Park

Michael Lewis, Heimdal Science Fiction, mlewis91@yahoo.com

This park is at 151 Archer Avenue, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 Bring your own bug repellent, water and hat. Wear shoes fit for walking on muddy river banks

Danville 10/23/2021 Dan River

Contact:
Brian Buchanan of Danville Science Center
bbuchanan@smv.org

Join this annual event sponsored by the Danville Science Center!
Fairfax

Sept 11, 2021 --

FIVE Cleanup Events!

Riverbend Park, 8am-10am


Scot's Run NP 8am-10am


 Lake Fairfax 9-11am


Ellanor C. Lawrence Park 9-11am


Providence RECenter 9:30-11:30am

contact Duston for details: Duston.Meyers@fairfaxcounty.gov Help keep Fairfax litter free! Join us for one of these cleanup events!
Fairfax

Sept 18, 2021 --

9-11 am

Laurel Hill

 

 

contact Duston for details: Duston.Meyers@fairfaxcounty.gov Help keep Fairfax litter free! Join us for this cleanup event.
Fairfax

Nov 6, 2021 --

9-Noon

Hidden Pond Nature Center

 

 

contact Duston for details: Duston.Meyers@fairfaxcounty.gov Help keep Fairfax litter free! Join us for this cleanup event.
Fairfax

Nov (date TBD), 2021 --

9-11 AM

Cub Run RECenter

 

 

contact Duston for details: Duston.Meyers@fairfaxcounty.gov Help keep Fairfax litter free! Join us for this cleanup event.
Fairfax October 16th from 10 am to Noon along Fort Belvoir coast, Potomac river, and other locations

Tomas Nocera, Fort Belvoir Department of Public Works, tomas.nocera.civ@army.mil

 
Fairfax You choose any date in Sept or Oct   Clean Fairfax Council

Clean Fairfax Council is ready to support your cleanup in Fairfax County! You can order supplies, and pick them up at various locations in Fairfax. Sign up here at least 10 days before your planned cleanup event:
http://www.cleanfairfax.org/programs-events/community-clean-up-program/

Fairfax

September 18, 2021 -- 3 locations!


Cleanup Locations:
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Accotink Creek at Fullerton Road


12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Accotink Creek at Franconia-Springfield Parkway


3:00 PM - 5:00 Accotink Creek at Telegraph Road

Contact:
Philip Latasa of Friends of Accotink Creek
steward@accotink.org

 

 

Friends of Accotink Creek needs your help this year to clean these sites. For more information and directions, visit the Friends of Accotink Creek website (https://www.accotink.org/2021/InternationalCoastalCleanuppre-event2021.htm).

Help the planet right here in Fairfax!

Get your brain wet and your hands dirty! Beat the litterbugs!

Fairfax

September 25, 2021 -- 3 locations!

9 to 11 AM Accotink Creek at Fairfax Blvd

Noon to 2 PM- Accotink Creek at Chain Bridge Road

3 to 5 PMAccotink Creek at Old Lee Hwy


Contact:
Philip Latasa of Friends of Accotink Creek
steward@accotink.org

 

 

Friends of Accotink Creek needs your help this year to clean these sites. For more information and directions, visit the Friends of Accotink Creek website (https://www.accotink.org/2021/InternationalCoastalCleanuppre-event2021.htm).

Help the planet right here in Fairfax!

Get your brain wet and your hands dirty! Beat the litterbugs!

Fairfax

October 2, 2021-- 3 locations!



9 to 11 AM Accotink Creek at King Arthur Road

Noon to 2 PM Accotink Creek at Little River Turnpike

3 to 5 PM Accotink Creek at Braddock Road

Contact:
Philip Latasa of Friends of Accotink Creek
steward@accotink.org

 

 

Friends of Accotink Creek needs your help this year to clean these sites. For more information and directions, visit the Friends of Accotink Creek website (https://www.accotink.org/2021/InternationalCoastalCleanuppre-event2021.htm).

Help the planet right here in Fairfax!

Get your brain wet and your hands dirty! Beat the litterbugs!

Fairfax

October 9, 2021 -- 3 locations!

9 to 11 AM AM Accotink Creek at Pickett Road


Noon to 2 PM Accotink Creek at Barkley Drive


3 to 5 PM Accotink Creek at Woodburn Road


Contact:
Philip Latasa of Friends of Accotink Creek
steward@accotink.org

 

 

Friends of Accotink Creek needs your help this year to clean these sites. For more information and directions, visit the Friends of Accotink Creek website (https://www.accotink.org/2021/InternationalCoastalCleanuppre-event2021.htm).

Help the planet right here in Fairfax!

Get your brain wet and your hands dirty! Beat the litterbugs!

Fredericksburg

8/28/2021

Old Mill Park and nearby trails and parks

Adam Lynch, Friends of the Rappahannock, adam.lynch@riverfriends.org

 
Goochland 9/11/2021

James River

13 sites along the James River will be cleaned as part of the James River Regional Cleanup Details for signing up will be available soon from The James River Advisory Council.
Hampton Sept, Oct and Nov! 38+ sites will be cleaned in 2021 in Hampton as part of the ICC! For all information and signing up for Hampton ICC events, contact Christine Ausink
Hampton Clean City Commission
Phone: 757-727-1158 
For all information and signing up for Hampton ICC events, contact Christine Ausink
Hampton Clean City Commission
Phone: 757-727-1158 
Henrico 9/11/2021

James River

13 sites along the James River will be cleaned as part of the James River Regional Cleanup Details for signing up will be available soon from The James River Advisory Council.
Hopewell, city of 9/11/2021

James River

13 sites along the James River will be cleaned as part of the James River Regional Cleanup Details for signing up will be available soon from The James River Advisory Council.
James City   York River State Park (Croaker Landing, Seining Beach, Fossil Beach)

Contact: John Gresham, York River State Park, john.gresham@dcr.virginia.gov

 
King George County 10/23/21, 11/13/21 Multiple sites along the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers

Brent Hunsinger

Friends of the Rappahannock

brent.hunsinger@riverfriends.org
there will be multiple events in September, October and November
Lancaster 10/23/21 Belle Isle State Park Friends of the Rappahannock and Northern Neck Planning District Commission Contact Anne Self for information anne.self@riverfriends.org Please register in advance through Friends of the Rappahannock website or by contacting Anne! Details about where to meet will be provided closer to the cleanup date.
Martinsville, 8/21/2021 J. Frank Wilson Park

Noel Boaz

Virginia Master Naturalist, SW Piedmont Chapter

ntboaz@earthlink.net
 
Montross 9/18/2021 Westmoreland State Park

Ben Lewis, Northern Neck Planning District Commission and Friends of the Rappahannock, blewis@nnpdc17.state.va.us

 
Norfolk   Barraud Park plus 10 other sites Fleta Jackson, Keep Norfolk Beautiful, fleta.jackson@norfolk.gov We will collect data in 11 sites throughout Norfolk. We have been consistently gathering this site specific data for 3 years. It is part of our open data information
Norfolk 10/16/2021 City Wide, 12 sites including beaches, parks, and streets


Contact: Fleta Jackson, City of Norfolk/Keep Norfolk Beautiful, fleta.jackson@norfolk.gov
Notes:  Barraud Park ICC Event. For more information email: KNB@norfolk.org

 
Northumberland County 9/7/2021 Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve

Contact:
Camille Grabb of Northern Neck Master Naturalists
cgrabb9@gmail.com

Join us for this cleanup of a lovely preserve!
Petersburg, City of 9/11/2021

James River

13 sites along the James River will be cleaned as part of the James River Regional Cleanup Details for signing up will be available soon from The James River Advisory Council.
Prince Edward County You choose any date in Sept or Oct  

Many sites around Farmville. Contact cleanva@longwood. edu for details.

Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University

Borrow cleanup supplies from Clean VA Waterways (in Farmville), and get busy cleaning up litter. Call 434-395-2602 or send an email to cleanva@longwood. edu at least 7 days before your cleanup event so we can get supplies ready for you to pickup in Farmville.
Prince Edward County Date to be determined Gross Creek In downtown Farmville

Contact cleanva@longwood. edu for details.

Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University

 
Prince William County 9/11/2021 The 12th Annual Occoquan River Cleanup ( With PWTSC over 25miles)

Veronica Tangiri

Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District

waterquality@pwswcd.org
 

Prince William and Fairfax County --

FIVE Cleanup events!

10/16/2021

9 AM to NOON

Lake Ridge Marina, Occoquan Regional Park, Fountainhead Regional Park, Town of Occoquan and Bull Run Marina

Sonia Monson

Friends of the Occoquan

foto@friendsoftheoccoquan.org

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: http://www.friendsoftheoccoquan.org/home.html

Lake Ridge Marina 12350 Cotton Mill Dr. Lakeridge, VA 22192 Renate Vanegas 703-674-6659 

Town of Occoquan 314 Mill Street Occoquan, VA 22125 Julie Little 703-491-2168 

 Bull Run Marina 12619 Old Yates Ford Rd. Clifton, VA 20125 German Vanegas 703-624-7124 

 Fountainhead Park 10875 Hampton Rd. Fairfax Station, VA 22039 Sonia Monson 703-581-5487 

 Occoquan Regional Park 9751 Ox Road Lorton, VA 22079 Alex Vanegas 703-674-7847

Pulaski 9/25/2021 Claytor Lake State Park Beach Contact: Ryan Stubblebine, Claytor Lake State Park, ryan.stubblebine@dcr.virginia.gov

 


Come join us -- Free Parking Day. Meet at the Beach parking lot at 10 a.m.

Register online at https://forms.gle/52dBYM3bicRk9G8v7

Richmond, City of 9/11/2021 Belle Isle Park in Downtown Richmond

Katie Register

Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood Univ.

registerkm@longwood.edu
It is limited to 45 volunteers. Part of the James River Advisory Council's cleanup day.
Richmond, City of 9/11/2021

James River

13 sites along the James River will be cleaned as part of the James River Regional Cleanup Details for signing up will be available soon from The James River Advisory Council.
Richmond COUNTY Check back for details Something in the Rappahannock River Watershed

Kathleen Watson, Northern Neck Soil and Water Conservation District, kathleen.watson@nnswcd.org

 
Roanoke Check back for details MANY sites in Roanoke City and the valley!

Kimberly Mattson, Clean Valley Council, cleanups@cleanvalley.org

 
Virginia Beach TBD Sept or Oct Virginia Aquarium campus and areas the Aquarium adopted via the City of Virginia Beach Adapt-a-Waterway program.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Contanct Shawn Reid, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, sreid@virginiaaquarium.com

 

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center will once again host a cleanup as part of the ICC. Check back for details!
Virginia Beach 9/18/2021 Lake Holly

Lynhaven River NOW

Contact Helen Kuhns

Lynnhaven River NOW is partnering with the City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department on this event. Michael Moore is the city contact. Lynnhaven River NOW conducts frequent cleanups, often by watercraft. Visit their website to learn details for the fall 2021 cleanup events!

Virginia Beach 9/18/2021 Lake Windsor


Contact: Michael Moore, City Of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, mtmoore@vbgov.com

Notes: We are partnering with Surfrider Foundation, Virginia Chapter as well as LRN and the Aquarium to submit data to Clean Virginia Waterways as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Contact Mike Moore at mtmoore@vbgov.com for more details!
Virginia Beach 9/25/2021 Chesapeake Bay beach of First Landing State Park Contact:
Tanya Wisoker of First Landing State Park
Tanya.wisoker@dcr.virginia.gov


Sign up for our Sept 25 ICC event at https://forms.gle/ARvvmPcCZhLZt8hm7. We will meet outside the Visitor Center on Shore Drive at 9 AM. To schedule another date for your group, contact Tanya.wisoker@dcr.virginia.gov

Virginia Beach 9/25/2021 Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Beach Contact:
Erica Ryder of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Erica_Ryder@fws.gov


This Cleanup event at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge requires registration by calling (757) 301-7329 ext.3106. Our cleanup is limited to 30 people. Join Us!

Virginia Beach 7/17/2021 Virgina Beach Boardwalk to 8th st

Jason Andrews

Dolfin Home Loans

charlotte@mydolfin.com

 
         
ALL other locations in Virginia You choose any date in Sept or Oct or November!   Be your own Site Captain!

Pick a spot that needs a litter cleanup, grab some friends and family members, and put on your own little cleanup.

Be sure to practice social distancing, and collect data by using "Clean Swell" on your smart phone. Let Clean Virginia Waterways know if you need trash bags or gloves or data cards! cleanva@longwood.edu

 

Remember, YEAR-ROUND you can record data from your cleanups
using "Clean Swell" on your smart phone...from the Ocean Conservancy

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About the Virginia Waterways Cleanup
  • This statewide event is part of the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup!
  • 2021: Clean Virginia Waterways celebrates our 27th year of organizing the ICC in Virginia.
  • This annual statewide event not only cleans our waterways, it also collects valuable data about trash & litter in our waterways
  • Cleanups are held between August 1 and December 31 every year -- mostly in Sept & October
  • More than 118,000 Virginians have volunteered in Virginia since 1995
  • It is hands-on stewardship of our water resources
  • You CAN make a difference! Volunteer, lead a cleanup, or help support this important statewide effort by contributing to CVW.

 

   
 
THANK YOU to our partners and sponsors!

Our partners include corporations, foundations, and individual donors that make it possible for thousands of Virginians to participate in caring for our rivers and beaches. Thank you!

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Please purchase a "Friends of the Chesapeake license plate! You will be supporting MANY worthy projects that are working for a cleaner and healthier Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's rivers too!
Learn more: Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund




Glad Trash Bags
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (State Parks and Adopt-A-Stream program)
Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, Department of Environmental Quality

You too can support this annual statewide cleanup event! Please consider a donation to support our work! Learn more.

 

 

 
Our volunteers remove litter and debris by walking along shorelines..and by boat. Please join us for a rewarding day that will make you feel good about taking care of our planet!    

 

 



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