The Virginia Waterways Cleanup

Part of the International Coastal Cleanup

  • An annual statewide event to clean our waterways & collect valuable data about trash & litter in our waterways
  • Cleanups are held between September 1 and October 31 every year
  • More than 61,000 Virginians have volunteered in Virginia since 1995
  • Hands-on stewardship of our water resources
  • You CAN make a difference! Ways you can help:
    • Lead a cleanup in your community by being a Site Captain.
      • Click here for a Sign Up Form that you can print out.
    • Volunteer at a clean site near you & bring your friends.
    • Support this important statewide effort by contributing to CVW
 
County Date & Time Cleanup Location & Address Site Captain Contact Information
Albemarle

Oct. 6, 2012

11 am - 1 pm

Rivanna River and Reservoir -- Multiple sites!

Robbi Savage, Executive Director, Rivanna Conservation Society rcs@rivannariver.org (434) 977-4837.

Meet us at one of two locations: 1) Meet at 11 AM at the Monticello Weslyan Church, 2001 Earlysville Rd Earlysville, VA 22936 (from here, teams will go to 4 cleanup spots) 2) Meet at 11 AM at Riverview Park, 1999 Chesapeake St. & Riverside Ave, Charlottesville, 22902 (This team will clean Riverview Park)

Registration: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/759MK28

Click here to register online for the 22nd Annual Rivanna River and Reservoir Cleanup. Throughout the month, please check the RCS website for the other Makeover Events in need of volunteers! October 6th through October 18th. www.rivannariver.org

Alexandria (also see Fairfax for many cleanup events)

Nov. 10, 2012

9 am - 2 pm

Four Mile Run Park (3700 Commonwealth Ave) and Monticello Park (320 Beverly Drive) Jake Cuomo, Site Captain. Click here to email Jake. Volunteers: Please meet at Four Mile Run Park and we will send groups out to designated areas. This cleanup will cover both Monticello Park as well as Four Mile Run Park.
Amherst

Nov. 3,

Start time: 10 am

Amherst County Lakes: Mill Creek Lake, Stonehouse Creek Lake and Thrashers Creek Lake

Anne Marie Clarke, Robert E. Lee S&WCD anne.clarke@releeconservation.com (434) 851-7043
Volunteers: Please bring a canoe or kayak!! Please meet in Amherst County at the Mill Creek Lake parking lot at 10 AM on Sat., Nov 3. Directions: From the Amherst traffic circle, take 60 West for ~8.5 miles. Turn right onto Lowesville Road (Rt 778). Go ~3 miles. Turn right onto Turkey Mnt Road (Rt 610). Go 1.5 Mile. Turn left onto Mill Creek Lake Road (Rt 645). Property owners: If you own property with a stream that needs to be cleaned up, or if you need to reserve a boat for Nov 3, please contact Anne Marie Clarke by Oct 19!

Arlington TBA TBA Lyndell Core, Area Manager, Arlington County Parks lcore@arlingtonva.us (703) 228-6523
Botetourt
(Also listed as Roanoke)
Oct. 6, 2012 8:30 am - 11:30 am Numerous Sites all over the Roanoke Valley Clean Valley Council, Roanoke, VA (540) 345-5523 Get details about this huge Roanoke Valley volunteer event and register to help - on line at http://cleanvalley.org/fall-waterways
Bristol TBA   Regional stream cleanups will be on-going NOW through November 15! Call for dates/times for cleanups in Bristol County: Carol W. Doss, MA, Upper TN River Round Table Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful Click here to email Carol (276) 628-1600
Buchanan TBA   Regional stream cleanups will be on-going. Call for dates/times for cleanups in Buchanan County: Carol W. Doss, MA Upper TN River Round Table Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful Click here to email Carol (276) 628-1600
Chesapeake City
(Also listed as Portsmouth City)
Changed to Oct. 28, 2012 11:30 am - 1:30 pm City Park, Portsmouth, VA Ms. Asia Medley, The Environmental Experience. Click here to email Asia or call her at (757) 642-7808
Chesterfield Oct. 14, 2012 (Rain date will be Oct. 15, 2012) 9 am - 2 pm Pocahontas State Park, Midlothian, VA Joel Webber, Vice President, Friends of Pocahontas State Park. Click here to email Joel
Dickenson TBA   Regional stream cleanups will be on-going NOW through November 15! Call for dates/times for cleanups in Dickenson County: Carol W. Doss, MA Upper TN River Round Table Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful Click here to email Carol (276) 628-1600
Fairfax Oct. 13, 2012 9:30 am - 1 pm Mason Neck State Park 7301 High Point Road Lorton, VA 22079
Colin Riley Arlington Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America. Click here to Register (703) 200-3994.
We meet in front of the Park Visitor Center. The sign-in table will be open by 9:00 am. All volunteers are welcome but minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Trash bags, gloves and tools will be provided. More information and directions can be found at http://waterquality.awardspace.com
Fairfax Oct. 13, 2012 9:00am to 11:30am Frying Pan Farm Park, Fairfax Tammy Schwab, Mgr. Education and Outreach, Fairfax County Park Authority Call Frying Pan Farm Park Office to register. (703) 437-9101 Annual Watershed Clean-Up Day Information and registration at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/
Fairfax Oct. 13, 2012 9:00am to 11:30am

Round Tree Park - Holmes Run

Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Tammy Schwab, Mgr. Education and Outreach, Fairfax County Park Authority Call Hidden Oaks Nature Center to register. (703) 941-1065 Annual Watershed Clean-Up Day Information and registration at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/
Fairfax Oct. 13, 2012 9:00am to 11:30am

Pohick Creek

Hidden Pond Nature Center

Tammy Schwab, Mgr. Education and Outreach, Fairfax County Park Authority Call Hidden Oaks Nature Center to register. (703) 941-1065 Annual Watershed Clean-Up Day Information and registration at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/
Fairfax Oct. 13, 2012 9:00am to 11:30am

Little Hunting Creek, Hunting Meadows Park

Tammy Schwab, Mgr. Education and Outreach, Fairfax County Park Authority Call Hidden Oaks Nature Center to register. (703) 941-1065 Annual Watershed Clean-Up Day Information and registration at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/
Fairfax Oct. 13, 2012 9:00am to 11:30am

Lake Accotink Park

Tammy Schwab, Mgr. Education and Outreach, Fairfax County Park Authority Call Hidden Oaks Nature Center to register. (703) 941-1065 Annual Watershed Clean-Up Day Information and registration at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/
Fairfax Oct. 13, 2012 9:00am to 11:30am

Potomac River, Riverbend Visitor Center

Tammy Schwab, Mgr. Education and Outreach, Fairfax County Park Authority Call Hidden Oaks Nature Center to register. (703) 941-1065 Annual Watershed Clean-Up Day Information and registration at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/

Fairfax

Attention Booz Allen Hamilton Volunteers! Special company cleanup at this location. Contact Site Captain: Matthew Ivory to signup to cleanup! Email Matt to register Ivory_Matthew@bah.com (703) 984-0215

Oct. 13, 2012 9:00am to 11:30am

Cain's Branch, Sully Historic Site

Tammy Schwab, Mgr. Education and Outreach, Fairfax County Park Authority Call Hidden Oaks Nature Center to register. (703) 941-1065 Annual Watershed Clean-Up Day Information and registration at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/
Fairfax Oct. 13, 2012 9:00am to 11:30am

Rocky Run, Cub Run & Frog Branch

Walney Visitor Center in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Tammy Schwab, Mgr. Education and Outreach, Fairfax County Park Authority Call Hidden Oaks Nature Center to register. (703) 941-1065 Annual Watershed Clean-Up Day Information and registration at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/

Fairfax (Lorton)

(Also see Prince William County)

Oct. 13, 2012

9 am - Noon

Occoquan Regional Park, 9751 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079 Call Alex Vanega at 703-674-7847 for details or contact German Vanegas, Friends of the Occoquan Click here to email German (703) 624-7124. Check website for updates on cleanup events! http://friendsoftheoccoquan.org/

Fairfax (Clifton)

(Also see Prince William County)

Oct. 13, 2012

9 am - Noon

Bull Run Marina, 12619 Old Yates Ford Rd, Clifton, VA 20124 Call John Rothrodck at 703-887-1124 for details or contact German Vanegas, Friends of the Occoquan Click here to email German (703) 624-7124. Check website for updates on cleanup events! http://friendsoftheoccoquan.org/

Fairfax (Fairfax Station)

(Also see Prince William County)

Oct. 13, 2012

9 am - Noon

Fountain Head Park, 10875 Hampton Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039 Call Sonia Monson at 703-624-7124 for details or contact German Vanegas, Friends of the Occoquan Click here to email German (703) 624-7124. Check website for updates on cleanup events! http://friendsoftheoccoquan.org/
Fairfax TBA TBA Marie Reinsdorf will be the Site Captain. Contact her for more information. Click here to email Marie or call (703) 909-7101
Fairfax October 20, 10 AM to Noon Oronoco Bay Park, Alexandria Jesse Maines, Office of Environmental Quality, City of Alexandria, VA. Click here to email Jesse or call (703) 746-4071. Oronoco Bay Park is located at 100 Madison Street in Alexandria’s Old Town area
FairfaxOct 13, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Pimmit Hills parks and watershedElizabeth Hall, Pimmit Hills Citizens Association, director@pimmithills.org. We will begin in Olney Park and send teams to the other 7 parks in the neighborhood. Streams run through several of the parks and combine into Pimmit Run Watershed. We will also clean parts of the roads and assess storm drains. Open to everyone living in our Pimmit Hills watershed.
Fairfax Oct. 6, 2012 9am Accotink Creek and Lake David Henson Troop 1853. Click here to email David (571) 249-9904
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Fairfax September 29

A) 9 to 11 AM

B) 12 to 2 PM

C) 3 to 5 PM

Accotink Creek

A) Pickett Road Bridge

B) Barkley Dr Bridge

C) Woodburn Road Bridge

Philip Latasa is the Site Captain. Call him at (703) 400-1492 or Click here to email Philip. Volunteers may find more information and directions at http://www.accotink.org/InternationalCoastalCleanuppre-event2012.htm Please let us know if you plan to join us!
Fairfax

October 6

A) 9 to 11 AM

B) 12 to 2 PM

C) 3 to 5 PM

Accotink Creek

A) Fairfax Blvd Bridge

B) Chain Bridge Road

C) Old Lee Hwy Bridge

Philip Latasa is the Site Captain. Call him at (703) 400-1492 or Click here to email Philip. Volunteers may find more information and directions at http://www.accotink.org/InternationalCoastalCleanuppre-event2012.htm Please let us know if you plan to join us!
Fairfax

October 20

A) 9 to 11 AM

B) 12 to 2 PM

Accotink Creek

A) King Arthur Road Bridge

B) Little RIver Turnpike Bridge

Philip Latasa is the Site Captain. Call him at (703) 400-1492 or Click here to email Philip. Volunteers may find more information and directions at http://www.accotink.org/InternationalCoastalCleanuppre-event2012.htm Please let us know if you plan to join us!
Fairfax Oct. 20, 2012 10 am - noon

Snakeden Branch Stream - Multiple sites

Reston, VA

Contact Brian Petty, Reston Assn. at 703-435-6535 or Ha Brock, Reston Association (703) 435-7658 or email Ha at habrock@reston.org . Please call or e-mail to register and obtain information on Reston clean-ups!
Farmville (Also listed as Prince Edward) Oct. 6, 2012 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Appomattox River, Buffalo Creek, Wilck's Lake, Sandy River Reservoir, Briary Creek Reservoir in Prince Edward County and Farmville Please contact Lee Woodruff, Chairman of Stewardship Committee Friends of the Appomattox River Click here to email Lee Volunteers to meet at the Wilck's Lake boat ramp for instructions and paperwork then conclude at Riverside Park.
Fauquier TBA Rappahannock River at the Route 802 Bridge Warrenton, VA Chuck Hoysa of the John Marshall Water & Soil Conservation District (540) 347-2120 Click here to email Chuck
Gloucester October, date TBA New Point Island, Matthews, VA K. Darlene Talbott of the Mobjack Bay Marina is leading this cleanup. Call her at (804) 725-7245 or click here to email her. Volunteers are asked to meet at New Point Island. Please call for details!
Hampton Many Dates!  Multiple Cleanup Sites all over Hampton! Hampton, VA Please contact Cris Ausink of Hampton Clean City Commission Environmental Education (757) 727-1158 for information on planned Hampton Area cleanups. Click here to email Cris
Henry Oct. 27, 2012 J. Frank Wilson Memorial Park Church Street Extension Martinsville, VA Robin Jensen Youth Education Coordinator Virginia Museum of Natural History and the Friends of Wilson Park invite local service organizations, neighbors, familes, and individuals to join us for our annual fall park cleanup. Meet at the gravel parking lot next to the playground area. We will provide some gloves and trash bgs, but feel free to bring your own gloves (especially for children). Dress for the weather! Click here to contact Robin. (276) 634-4188
Hopewell TBA Cleanups are on going at multiple sites on various dates and at various times. Hopewell, VA To help in the Hopewell, VA area, please contact: Wayne Walton, Friends of the Lower Appomattox River. Click here to email Wayne (804) 541-2250
James City Sept. 29, 2012 10 am - 12 pm York River State Park 5526 Riverview Road Williamsburg, VA Mary Apperson York River State Park (757) 566-3036. Click here to email Mary
Lancaster Sept. 29, 2012 9 am - 11:45 am Belle Isle State Park 1632 Belle Isle Road Lancaster, VA Charlene Talcott of Belle Isle State Park is the one to contact for information on this event. Click here to email Charlene (804)462-0162 Join other volunteers to help clean the park on National Public Lands Day! http://www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/BelleIsleStatePark/
Lee (Also see Abington) Sept. 29, 2012 10am - 2pm Leeman Field in Pennington Gap Lee/Abington Carol W. Doss, MA Upper TN River Round Table Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful Click here to email Carol (276) 628-1600 A celebration of the Pennington Gap Greenway Trail from Leeman Field to River Bend Shopping Center. Lunch and t-shirts for volunteers! Regional stream cleanups will be on-going NOW through November 15! Call for dates/times.
Loudoun Sept. 22, 2012 9 am - 1 pm Bles Park (On the Potomac River) Leesburg, VA Sarah Swenson (703) 728-7434. Click here to email Sarah for event information and registration.
Loudoun Oct. 23, 2012 1 pm - 4 pm Keep Loudoun Beautiful Park Ivy Creek Park Leesburg, VA Debra Kenny of Quest Global Management. Click here to email Debra (800) 248-3316
Lynchburg Sept. 29, 2012 10 am - 2 pm Ivy Creek Park 118 Clemmons Lake Place. Lynchburg, VA Nora Cox of Central Virginia Master Naturalists. Click here to email Nora to register Volunteers: Please bring gloves, water, snacks, weather appropriate clothing, hat sunscreen, insect repellant. Long pants and sturdy shoes recommended as you will need to step off of the trail. Hand clippers or pocket knife to cut fishing line may be useful at this park.
Middlesex Changed to Sept. 22, 2012 10 am- 12 noon Deltaville Yachting Center Deltaville, VA Onna A. Grimm of Delta Yachting Center. Click here to email Onna (804) 776-9898. Volunteers will meet at Delta Yachting Center Ship's store.
Middlesex Oct. 20, 2012 9 am - 12 pm Doziers Regatta Point 137 Neptune Lane, Deltaville, VA Jimmy Mackey, Dockmaster Doziers Regatta Point. Click here to email Jimmy to register or call (804) 776-8400. Volunteers: Please meet at the Dozier Regatta Point Office! For more information about Doziers Regatta Point: http://www.doziermarinegroup.com/regattapoint/index
Norfolk Sept. 29, 2012 9 am - 12 pm Poplar Hall Park Curlew Drive Norfolk, VA 23502 Volunteers are welcome! Please meet at the First Baptist Church overflow lot. J.C. Douglass Clark Nexsen Architecture & Engineering Click here to email J.C. (757) 455-5800
Northampton TBA Kiptopeke State Park,
Cape Charles, VA
Daniel Jordan of Kiptopeke State Park. Click here to email Daniel or call (757) 331-3402. Come Celebrate "Public Lands Day" at Kiptopeke State Park as we participate in the 2012 Virginia Waterways Cleanup.
Norton TBA   Regional stream cleanups will be on-going NOW through November 15! Call for dates/times for cleanups in Norton County: Carol W. Doss, MA Upper TN River Round Table Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful Click here to email Carol (276) 628-1600
Pittsylvania

Oct. 13, 2012
11 am - 1 pm

Dan River Danville, VA Adam Goebel, Danville Science Center. Click here to email Adam (434) 791-5160 ext. 200
Portsmouth City (Also listed as Chesapeake City) Changed to Oct. 7, 2012 11:30am - 2:00pm City Park Portsmouth, VA Ms. Asia Medley of The Environmental Experience. Click here to email Asia (757) 403-4655
Prince Edward Oct. 6, 2012 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Appomattox River, Buffalo Creek, Wilck's Lake, Sandy River Reservoir, Briary Creek Reservoir Prince Edward County and Farmville, VA Please contact Lee Woodruff, Chairman of Stewardship Committee Friends of the Appomattox River. Click here to email Lee. Volunteers to meet at the Wilck's Lake boat ramp for instructions and paperwork then conclude at Riverside Park.
Prince Edward

October TBD

Time: TBD

Sayler's Creek in Rice (near Farmville) Call Katie Register, 434-395-2602 for details. Click here to send an email to Katie. This will be perfect for a college group of volunteers! We can set the date based on your group's schedule.
Prince Edward Sept. 29, 2012 11 AM to 1 PM Vistor's Center, Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park in Rice, VA

Lee Wilcox, Chief Ranger for Conservation at Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park. Click here to email Lee (804) 561-7510.

Join this cleanup (near Farmville) at one of Virginia's newest State Parks! Celebrate "National Public Lands Day" by participating in a cleanup at Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park.

Prince George TBA Appomattox Boat Harbor Upper Appomattox River, Prince George, VA Crista Cato Manieri Appomattox Boat Harbor, Inc. Click here to email Crista (804) 536-1200. Boat owners meet 3rd Sunday of each month. Call for information and register to help at the harbor!
Prince William (Also see Fairfax County) Oct. 13, 2012
9 am - Noon

Town of Occoquan

314 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA 22125

Call Claudia Cruise at 703-491-1918 for details, or contact German Vanegas, of Friends of the Occoquan. Click here to email German or call (703) 624-7124. Check website for updates on cleanup events! http://friendsoftheoccoquan.org/
Prince William (Also see Fairfax County) Oct. 13, 2012
9 am - Noon

Lake Ridge Marina,

12350 Cotton Mill Drive, Lake Ridge, VA 22192

Call Renate Vanegas at 703-674-6659 for details, or contact German Vanegas, of Friends of the Occoquan. Click here to email German or call (703) 624-7124. Check website for updates on cleanup events! http://friendsoftheoccoquan.org/
Prince William Oct. 13, 2012
9 am - 12 pm
Hooes Run (Tributary to the Occoquan River) Woodbridge, Virginia Neil Nelson, Secretary of the Prince William Trails & Streams Coalition (PWTSC). Click here to email Neil For more information and to register for this event please go to www.pwtsc.org
Prince William Oct. 27, 2012
11 am - 2pm
Visitors Center Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191 Genevieve White, Park Interpreter for Leesylvania State Park. Click here to email Genevieve or call (703) 583-6904
Prince William Oct. 30, 2012
10 am - 12 pm
Stream in Rosemount Lewis Park 1100 Crestwood Drive, Manassas, VA 20109 Kelly Jimenez, Outreach & Education Specialist, Prince William Soil & Water Conservation District. Click here to email Kelly or call (571) 379-7514. Volunteers are asked to meet at Rosemount Lewis Park Entrance at 9:50 AM. Please wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.
Radford City Sept. 22, 2012
Starts at 11 AM
Dudley's Landing Radford, VA Deb Cooney of The Radford Visitors Center. Details and registration: Click here to details and registration or call 804-780-1392
Richmond City TBA A site in Richmond, to be determined Virginia Grass Roots Coordinator Chesapeake Bay Foundation (804) 780-1392 Cleanup information to be posted soon. Please check back or check the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for events at: http://www.cbf.org
Richmond City Sept. 22, 2012
9 am - 12:00 pm
Bryan Park 4308 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA Amber Ellis, Watershed Restoration Associate, James River Association Click here to email Amber to register or call (804) 788-8811 ext. 205 We will meet at the parking area next to Shelter #3. Please wear sturdy shoes or boots and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Gloves, grabbers and trash bags will be provided. Pre-registration is required.
Roanoke Oct. 6, 2012
8:30 am- 11:30 am
Numerous Sites all over the Roanoke Valley Clean Valley Council Roanoke, VA (540) 345-5523 Get details about this huge Roanoke Valley volunteer event and register to help - on line at http://cleanvalley.org/fall-waterways
Rockingham Oct 13,
9 am to 11 am
Linville Creek/North Fork Broadway, VA Meg & Ross Clem of the Broadway-Timberville Ruritan Club. Click here to email the Clems or call (540) 896-1408. Join the Broadway-Timberville Ruritan Club for the annual Linville Creek/North Fork Cleanup. Additional information to be added soon. Please check back, email or call!
Rockingham Oct. 27, 2012
9 am - 12 pm
North Fork of the Shenandoah River Leslie Mitchell-Watson, Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. Click here to email Leslie (540) 459-8550. More information on cleanup site to be posted soon!! Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River Website: http://www.fnfsr.org/
Shenandoah Nov. 10,
9 am - 12 pm
North Fork of the Shenandoah River Leslie Mitchell-Watson, Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. Click here to email Leslie (540) 459-8550. More information on cleanup site to be posted soon!! Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River Website: http://www.fnfsr.org/
Scott TBA   Regional stream cleanups will be on-going NOW through November 15! Call for dates/times for cleanups in Scott County: Carol W. Doss, MA Upper TN River Round Table Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful Click here to email Carol (276) 628-1600
Smyth TBA   Regional stream cleanups will be on-going NOW through November 15! Call for dates/times for cleanups in Smyth County: Carol W. Doss, MA Upper TN River Round Table Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful Click here to email Carol (276) 628-1600
Southampton Sept. 1 - Oct. 31 Call for Cleanup Times & Days Blackwater and Nottoway Rivers On the river! Jeff Turner, Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper Program. Click here to email Jeff or call (757) 562-5173. Join the Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper Program volunteers as they clean up continuously!
Spottsylvania

Oct. 20, 2012

9 am - 12 pm

Old Mill Park Sarah Hagan, Stewardship Coordinator, Friends of the Rappahannock River. Click here to email Sarah (540) 373-3448 Ext. 117. Join Friends of the Rappahannock for a morning of picking up trash along the Rappahannock River and surrounding streams! Rain or shine. Get all the details at http://riverfriends.org/ Pick up trucks needed! Lunch provided to volunteers upon return from trash pickup.
Surry

Sept. 29, 2012

9 am - 12 pm

Trail, beach and roadside cleanup.

Chippokes Plantation State Park

Contact Rob Dewing (757) 294-0705 or email Jennica Walker here or chippokes@dcr.virginia.gov. Or call (757) 294-3728. Meet at the Visitors Center to pick up supplies and information to assist in efforts to promote healthy public lands and a spirit of stewardship in our community. Plan to gather litter and debris and collect data on our waterways, roadsides and trails. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Hat, bug spray, water bottle, and gloves recommended. Participants for the roadside cleanup must be at least 16 yrs. old and must register.
Tazewell TBA   Regional stream cleanups will be on-going NOW through November 15! Call for dates/times for cleanups in Tazewell County: Carol W. Doss, MA Upper TN River Round Table Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful Click here to email Carol (276) 628-1600
Virginia Beach

Sept. 29, 2012

9 am - 12 pm

Back Bay NWR Oceanfront/Bay (4 miles) Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge 1324 Sandbridge Road Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Walter Tegge, Visitor Services Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Click here to email Walt or call (757) 301-7329 Ext. 162.
Join park volunteers on "National Public Lands Day" and clean the oceanfront!

You owe it to yourself to see this amazing beach and refuge!

Virginia Beach

Sept. 29, 2012

9 am - 2 pm

False Cape State Park 4001 Sandpiper Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456 Cameron Swain, Assistant Park Manager False Cape State Park. Click here to email Cameron (757) 426-0055
Virginia Beach

Oct 14,

Time TBD

SailTime group cleanup! Call Lillie at 757-967-7245 for details!
Virginia Beach October 13 9:30 am - 12 pm Rudee Inlet Craig Grube, Portfolio Recovery Associates. Click here to email Craig or call (757) 961-3533. Meet at the parking lot at the VA Beach Fishing Center (200 Winston Salem Ave)
Virginia Beach

Sept. 23, 2012

3 pm - 4:30 pm

Sandbridge Beach at Little Island Sandbridge Sandra de los Rios. For information about this cleanup: Click here to email Sandra or call (757) 430-4215
Wise   TBA Wise County Greg Cross, Keep Wise County Beautiful. Click here to email Greg or call (276) 328-1000 Join Keep Wise County Beautiful this fall for a cleanup in the county. Check back for updates on this site announcing date and location or go to http://keepwisecountybeautiful.org to find event details.

Join the 2012 Virginia Waterways Cleanup between September 1 and October 31, 2012!

2012 Sponsors and Partners: Funding and in-kind support for the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup in Virginia has been provided by Altria, Longwood University, Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund, Ocean Conservancy, Booz Allen Hamilton, Glad Bags, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Virginia Coastal Programs, Bluefish Graphic Design, and individual donors. Sponsors and partners are vital to the success of this outstanding hands-on stewardship project, and CVW is thankful for their support!

To learn how you or your business can support the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup in Virginia, please contact Clean Virginia Waterways' executive director, Katie Register (phone: 434-395-2602 Email: registerkm@longwood.edu )

   

About the Virginia Waterways Cleanup / International Coastal Cleanup in Virginia

Every September and October, volunteers across Virginia from the mountains to the oceans gather along the shorelines of rivers, lakes, ponds and bays to pick up trash as part of the Virginia Waterways Cleanup Day (part of the International Coastal Cleanup). They also complete "International Coastal Cleanup Data Cards" from the Ocean Conservancy, helping to collect valuable information about the amounts, types and sources of debris found along Virginia's waterways. CVW's cleanup events educate the public on issues of freshwater and marine pollution, especially the preventable problem of litter.

Note: Cleanup coordinators can select any date in September or October that best fits their schedule.

The International Coastal Cleanup is active in most states, and in 100 countries. As volunteers in Virginia are bagging trash and filling out data cards, more than 300,000 people worldwide are doing the same! Ocean Conservancy compiles the data received from sites around the world, and prepares a summary report to be used by citizens and policy makers in evaluating our progress in dealing with this serious form of pollution.

The International Coastal Cleanup is the world's largest volunteer data collection effort devoted to the marine environment. Volunteer at your local "Virginia Waterways Cleanup" site and be part of the International Coastal Cleanup or… Volunteer to be a Site Captain if your county needs a cleanup site.
Learn about being a Site Captain.

  ABOVE: Volunteers review their "International Coastal Cleanup Data Card" from Ocean Conservancy, before turning it in to the Site Captain. All Data Cards in Virginia are sent to Clean Virginia Waterways, which compiles them and forwards them to Ocean Conservancy for analysis.

Clean Virginia Waterways

Founded in 1995, Clean Virginia Waterways (CVW) is a state-wide, nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to citizen stewardship of Virginia’s water resources. CVW’s stewardship projects involve thousands of Virginians in cleaning debris from rivers, streams and beaches. In addition, CVW conducts rain barrel workshops, teacher-training workshops, and co-sponsors the Appomattox River Water Quality Monitoring Program. CVW is affiliated with Longwood University and the Ocean Conservancy. Aquatic debris data collected by CVW’s volunteers are used by the Ocean Conservancy, the U.S. Coast Guard and others to help combat solid waste pollution in oceans and bays. 2012 is CVW's 18th year of organizing the Virginia Waterways Cleanup. CVW is supported by hundreds of schools, businesses and civic groups across the state. Click here for a list of our Partners, Sponsors and Participating Organizations.

Learn More

Top Ten trash items found in Virginia's waterways (data collected by volunteers)

History of the Virginia Waterways Cleanup -- People, Pounds and Miles

Frequently Asked Questions about the Virginia Waterways Cleanup

  To learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities, send your email address to Clean Virginia Waterways.

More about litter and debris

  Litter and Debris in our Waterways - Impacts, Sources and Solutions Page   What Volunteers Found in Virginia's Waterways--Data from past International Coastal Cleanups
  Litter Prevention Page   How Data from the ICC are used
  Impacts of aquatic debris   The International Coastal Cleanup in Virginia
  Article about Aquatic Litter and Debris (written by CVW for school teachers and others)   Solutions
  Cigarette Butt Litter—A Special Problem   Balloons as litter—A Special Problem

Underwater Cleanups Too!

Learn about underwater cleanup events in Virginia for SCUBA divers. Working with our partner, Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), several underwater cleanups are conducted every year in Virginia. Underwater Cleanups are organized by Project AWARE (a project of PADI).

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Compiled by Clean Virginia Waterways, Longwood University, Farmville, VA 23909
434-395-2602 Fax: 434-395-2978 Email: cleanva@longwood.edu