The mission of the Occoquan Watertrail League (OWL) is to work with volunteers, government agencies and land owners to promote resource awareness, encourage environmental stewardship and improve access to the Occoquan Water Trail.
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Created on Saturday, 10 August 2013 14:23
Mystery snails (Bellamya chinensis and Bellamya japonica) are two non-native snail species from the viviparidae family found within North America, including right here in the Potomac River watershed. Originally transported from Asia to North America, and sold as a food commodity or ornamental garden species over 100 years ago, the snails are now found across the Pacific Northwest, Great Lakes, New England, and Mid-Atlantic coasts.
Despite their widespread distribution in North American freshwater systems, researchers do not fully understand the morphology and possible impacts of B. chinensis and B. japonica on native freshwater systems such as the Potomac River.
Michelle Ryan, a Ph.D. student at George Mason University, is studying the distribution and role the mystery snails are playing in our Potomac River watershed, and she seeks interested volunteer citizen scientists to assist in the data collection efforts during the upcoming Summer 2013 field season (June-September).
Citizen scientists can participate in the Mystery snail research project either by conducting one or more snail surveys from kayaks or canoes from these launch points: Occoquan Regional Park, Mason Neck State Park, or Belle Haven Marina, or by foot in park areas along the Virginia side of the Potomac River.
Volunteer for the environment, and make a contribution to Potomac River field research!
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OWL members Joyce and Mike Wenger, who are also members of the Prince William Wildflower Society, a Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, showcase the Occoquan Water Trail in an article they wrote in the chapter’s Wild News newsletter. Download their article: VNPS Newsletter Article.pdf.
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The U.S. Department of the Interior recognized the Occoquan Water Trail (OWT) as a National Recreation Trail in the National Trails System. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, presented this honor to the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) on May 26, 2009.
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Oct 9, 2010 REI awarded OWL a grant of $10,000 today to help continue stewardship of the Occoquan Water Trail (OWT). In a ceremony at their Fairfax store, REI presented the grant check to Mary Zamon and other members of OWL’s board. Paul Gilbert, Executive Director of Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA), and John Houser, Occoquan Regional Park Manager and NVRPA Liaison to OWL were also present.
Since 1976, REI has contributed nearly $29 million to nonprofit organizations such as OWL. REI’s giving efforts are distinguished by their unique employee-driven approach. Their grants program is guided by local employee nominations. Rhonda Krafchin, Outreach Specialist at REI Fairfax nominated OWL for this prestigious honor.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 18:25