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Volunteers Wanted for Potomac River Shoreline Cleanup at Dyke Marsh in Alexandria South

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Dyke Marsh, a freshwater tidal marsh in Fairfax County on the Potomac River just south of Alexandria, Virginia
Dyke Marsh is a freshwater tidal marsh in Fairfax County on the Potomac River just south of Alexandria, Virginia. (Photo: Friends of Dyke Marsh Facebook page)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The public is invited to join the Friends of Dyke Marsh and the National Park Service on Monday, January 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service with volunteer activities.

“We will conduct a trash cleanup along the Potomac River Shoreline in Belle Haven Park and the Haul Road Trail, “say The Friends of Dyke Marsh, adding, “We will also target and remove invasive plants, including English ivy, from trees in Belle Haven Park and the Haul Road Trail. No prior plant identification experience is required. You may choose to participate in either activity.”

GPS coordinates: Latitude: 38° 46' 2.39" N Longitude: -77° 02' 33.00" W South of Alexandria, off of the GW Memorial Parkway, at the sign for "Dyke Marsh Nature Preserve and Belle Haven Marina,” turn east onto the entrance road, toward the Potomac River. Take the first left and park in the Belle Haven Park lot. Next, walk back to the entrance road and turn east, toward the river and marina. Walk 30 yards. On your right is a Dyke Marsh sign and the entrance to the Haul Road trail. (Google image)
DYKE MARSH and HAUL ROAD are south of Alexandria, off of the GW Memorial Parkway. At the sign for “Dyke Marsh Nature Preserve and Belle Haven Marina,” turn east onto the entrance road, toward the Potomac River. Take the first left and park in the Belle Haven Park lot. Next, walk back to the entrance road and turn east, toward the river and marina. Walk 30 yards. On your right is a Dyke Marsh sign and the entrance to the Haul Road trail. (Google image)

For more information and to register, please visit the following link: https://forms.office.com/g/yCY3Z59XPx

HOW, WHAT and WHERE: Check in at a registration table in Belle Haven Park near the south parking lot or at the entrance of the Haul Road Trail. We will provide gloves, tools and trash bags. We will follow social distancing protocols. We kindly request that you not bring pets to this event.

Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, long pants and sleeves, gloves and weather protection. Bring water. Participants will be notified 24 hours ahead of time if cancellation is needed due to inclement weather.

MORE: Check Out this 1900’s Postcard Showing Dyke Marsh

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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