What we're about
Accotink Creek runs 26 miles through one of the finest wildlife corridors of rapidly-developing Fairfax County. The Friends of Accotink Creek is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to restoring, promoting, and protecting the Accotink Creek watershed. Our motto is "Find just one other person who cares" and we partner with volunteers, communities, schools, businesses, and government agencies to protect, restore, and improve the Accotink Watershed.
Community Outreach: We speak at local workshops and through social media ( www.accotink.org , Facebook , and Twitter ) to raise watershed awareness and inspire others to protect and champion critical and intertwined ecosystems: water, plants, animals, and people .
Community Projects: We support youth projects, including students and scout projects within the watershed.
Invasive Removal: We lead weekly invasive removal projects within the watershed to remove noxious invasive plants and restore habitat.
Native Plant Rescues and Habitat Restoration: We lead native plant rescues and replantings to protect and enhance native habitat.
Partnerships: We work with the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), the Fairfax County Restoration Project (FCRP), the Friends of Lake Accotink Park (FLAP), the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD) and many others on watershed initiatives.
Stormwater Issues: We promote actions to reduce stormwater runoff, and monitor and report stormwater issues affecting the watershed.
Stream Cleanups: We partner with the Alice Ferguson Foundation and Clean Virginia Waterways on large cleanups in spring and fall.
Stream Monitoring: We lead regular stream monitoring events, and facilitate citizen science monitoring biological and chemical water quality.