FOR staff was astonished by the number of volunteers who showed up on October 20 to scour the banks of the Rappahannock and surrounding streams for trash and debris. They spread out like troops throughout Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania to reclaim the riverside and protect our waters. Volunteers worked to clear debris from popular trails and fishing spots such as Ruffins Pond and the Canal Path, as well as along roadside stream banks and hidden dump sites. In a matter of hours, 260 volunteers were able to collect nearly 6,400 pounds of trash, making the Fall River Cleanup a resounding success.

Thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time and energy to help keep the Rappahannock healthy and scenic! Thanks to Julie May and the Stafford R-Board (The Rappahannock Regional Solid Waste Management Board) for their continued support of this event. FOR would also like to thank the amazing Learn & Serve students from Stafford and Mountain View High Schools (We couldn’t do this without y’all!) Lastly, we’d like to thank our generous sponsors who make it all possible: REI, Comcast, and Clean Virginia Waterways.

FOR’s Spring River Cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 27th with sign-in at Old Mill Park. The fun begins at 9am. Registration is now open, so if you’re interested in helping out, pre-register yourself, your family, or your group today!

Written by Sarah Hagan, FOR Volunteer & Stewardship Coordinator

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