Prince William County is fortunate to have many individuals, families, organizations and businesses that are taking steps to protect, preserve and restore our natural areas. This page will feature stories about their actions and practices. We hope these stories will inspire you, generate ideas on steps you can take, and raise awareness about thoughtful actions and wise practices that help reduce our impact on the environment.
The Department of Public Works and the Green Guiding Committee for Prince William County recognizes individuals, groups, businesses and schools for their outstanding efforts to protect and preserve our local natural environment. They serve as model stewards to help guide and inspire our community to become better caretakers of our part of the earth. Each spring, we recognize them with our annual Green Community Awards.
Shining the Spotlight:
Winners of the 2019 Green Community Awards:
Girl Scout Troop 679
The troop has enthusiastically adopted Flat Branch, a stream that feeds into Bull Run Stream. They have taken meaningful steps to protect the stream by monitoring and tracking floatables, as well as monitoring the biological and chemical conditions of the stream. Their studies have been documented in a scientific project and they have done additional research to find solutions to our community’s water quality problems.
Erik VanNortwick for his selfless efforts to clean a two mile stretch of the Neabsco Creek and oversee a floatable monitoring site for many years.
Larry Heath for his efforts to monitor and protect waterways at Prince William Forest Park. In addition, he trains students to help in this effort.
Leslie Paulson for over 14 years of service to the community. She has provide 11,422 hours of volunteer service to improve our natural environment and stewardship by mentoring others.
Lynda Silverstrand for organizing cleanups in the Neabsco Watershed, which have resulted in the removal of significant amounts of debris.
Friends of the Occoquan for years of service to clean up the Occoquan River and many education events to help the community understand the importance of keeping our waterways clean and protected.
Neil Nelson for his outstanding work to coordinate large cleanup efforts and programs to reduce pollution in local waterways.
Louann Rodriguez for coordinating large cleanup efforts with boy scout troops in the Neabsco Watershed. The scouts learn valuable lessons and see first hand how they can make a difference.
The Bull Run Watershed Protectors for their extraordinary collaboration and efforts to clean and protect this waterway for the past ten years. The team has worked together to install devices to reduce litter, conduct regular cleanups and serve as an example for others to take action.
Click here to read about previous winners of the Green Community Awards.
Let us know about your efforts!
We know there are many success stories out there. If you would like to share a story, please send an email with details to [email protected]. Stories will be updated periodically.