Lake Accotink Volunteers Remove Over 900 Pounds Of Trash

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One of the odd things about a watershed cleanup is that someone in the crew counts everything that is found. Like 197 bottle caps or 466 pieces of foam and one coconut.

It’s kind of fun, though. It raises questions of how all that stuff got into a watershed, suggests ideas for how to reduce trash of certain kinds, and shows how much was accomplished.

Lake Accotink Park’s Fall Watershed Cleanup this month drew volunteers of all ages. There were local residents including members of the Friends of Lake Accotink Park and Cub Scouts from Pack 702. Lake Accotink Park’s marketing coordinator, Hannah Wilkerson, filed this tally of their accomplishments:

  • Estimated number of volunteers: 107
  • Estimated number of volunteer hours contributed: 179 hours
  • Estimated number of bags filled: 61
  • Estimated number of pounds of trash collected: 915

Items removed from the watershed:

  • 833 plastic beverage bottles
  • 466 foam pieces
  • 281 beverage cans
  • 272 food wrappers/containers
  • 206 glass beverage bottles
  • 181 bottle caps (plastic)
  • 157 cups/plates (foam)
  • 118 plastic pieces
  • 111 plastic bags
  • 107 takeout containers (plastic)
  • 103 segments of fishing line
  • 100 plastic grocery bags
  • 86 lids (plastic)
  • 85 takeout containers (foam)
  • 62 glass pieces
  • 58 straws or stirrers
  • 57 cigarettes/filters
  • 51 cups/plates (paper)
  • 41 cups/plates (plastic)
  • 29 tobacco packaging wraps
  • 28 balloons
  • 24 forks, knives, or spoons
  • 22 cigarette lighters
  • 22 buoys/traps
  • 20 cigar tips
  • 20 fishing nets
  • 16 bottle caps (metal)
  • 16 construction material pieces
  • 9 diapers
  • 8 other plastic/foam packaging pieces
  • 7 paper bags
  • 7 condoms
  • 7 six-pack holders
  • 3 arrows
  • 2 socks
  • bleach/cleaner bottles
  • A lot of balls
  • A few rope segments
  • 1 syringe
  • 1 shoe
  • 1 Q-tip
  • 1 small rubber tube
  • 1 pair of underwear
  • 1 hat
  • 1 gas cap
  • 1 fishing rod
  • 1 coconut

Thanks to volunteers, Lake Accotink is a little cleaner, our water is a little cleaner, and a couple thousand pieces of trash aren’t headed to the Chesapeake Bay.

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About Fairfax County Park Authority HISTORY: On December 6, 1950, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors created the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Park Authority was authorized to make decisions concerning land acquisition, park development and operations in Fairfax County, Virginia. To date, 13 park bond referenda have been approved between 1959 and 2016. Today, the Park Authority has 427 parks on more than 23,000 acres of land. We offer 325 miles of trails, our most popular amenity. FACILITIES: The Park system is the primary public mechanism in Fairfax County for the preservation of environmentally sensitive land and resources, areas of historic significance and the provision of recreational facilities and services including: • Nine indoor RECenters with swimming pools, fitness rooms, gyms and class spaces. Cub Run features an indoor water park and on-site naturalist • Eight golf courses from par-3 to championship level, four driving ranges including the new state-of-the-art heated, covered range at Burke Lake Golf Center • Five nature and visitor centers. Also nine Off-Leash Dog Activity areas • Three lakefront parks including Lake Fairfax, Lake Accotink and Burke Lake, with campgrounds at Burke Lake and Lake Fairfax. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax, Our Special Harbor Sprayground at Lee as well as an indoor water park at Cub Run RECenter • Clemyjontri Park, a fully accessible playground in Great Falls featuring two acres of family friendly fun and a carousel, as well as Chessie’s Big Backyard and a carousel at the Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park • An ice skating rink at Mount Vernon RECenter and the Skate Park in Wakefield Park adjacent to Audrey Moore RECenter • Kidwell Farm, a working farm of the 1930s-era at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, now with historic carousel • Eight distinctive historic properties available for rent • A working grist mill at Colvin Run in Great Falls and a restored 18th century home at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly • A horticulture center at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale • Natural and cultural resources protected by the Natural Resource Management Plan and Cultural Resource Plans, plus an Invasive Management Area program that targets alien plants and utilizes volunteers in restoring native vegetation throughout our community • Picnic shelters, tennis courts, miniature golf courses, disc golf courses, off-leash dog parks, amphitheaters, a marina, kayaking/canoeing center • Provides 263 athletic fields, including 39 synthetic turf fields, and manages athletic field maintenance services at 417 school athletic fields. PARK AUTHORITY BOARD: A 12-member citizen board, appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, sets policies and priorities for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Visit for Fairfax County Government's Comment Policy.

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