Watershed 

Cleanups

Find a Cleanup Near You!

Join Friends of Holmes Run as we clean up our watershed from the headwaters to the Potomac River. Each spring,  we support multiple site cleanups along Holmes Run in coordination with local site leaders and community groups. Interested in scheduling a cleanup at another time of year? Contact friendsofholmesrun@gmail.org for assistance.

. Please check this page frequently for the most up-to-date information. Unless otherwise noted, all cleanups are public and all ages (with parent oversight for children under 12).  Gloves and bags will be provided. All local requirements for Covid safety will be observed.



Fri., Oct. 20, 2023

9:30 - 11 AM

7525 Marc Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042. Join us for a joint watershed cleanup and yard work day. Sponsored by Fairfax County Park Authority. 

Sat., Oct. 21, 2023

10-noon (plus optional after-party: noon-4pm)

4800 Brenman Park Dr., Alexandria, VA 22304. Join Northern Virginia Conservation Trust  and City of Alexandria to clear out the litter at this 60-acre park where Holmes Run joins Cameron Run! Afterward, you are invited to join fellow volunteers at Port City Brewing to celebrate a job-well-done. RSVP here.






Volunteer for a Cleanup

Your watershed needs you!  

Most trash in our streams started out as litter in streets, trails, sidewalks and parking lots. Wind and rain sweep the litter into storm drains, which feed into the creeks.   

Volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately for walking in the woods, with long sleeves, long pants, and sturdy footwear.  If you have them, wading gear, grab sticks, and rakes also help, since much of the trash is in the water.  We will supply bags and gloves.

Although it is not always necessary to pre-register as a volunteer, we appreciate advance notice when possible, to ensure adequate supplies. Contact the site leader directly, indicate how many volunteers you will be bringing, and if you are an FCPS student seeking service hours. Questions? Contact: friendsofholmesrun@gmail.com 

Host a Cleanup Site

Know of another site along Holmes Run watershed that could really use some litter control? Consider organizing a site cleanup! 

Site Leaders receive support from Friends of Holmes Run and Fairfax County Park Authority, with optional assistance from Alice Ferguson Foundation. We can help you obtain any necessary permissions, volunteers, training and free supplies. 

Contact friendsofholmesrun@gmail.com to get started. 

Trash removed from a cleanup. 

Friends of Holmes Run clean-ups are offered in April as part of the regional Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup. Find out more HERE.