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Pohick Creek Ceremony Honors Volunteers, Hard Work in '02

In a ceremony held at Pohick Creek Tuesday, Mt. Vernon District Supervisor Gerald Hyland presented the Adopt-A-Stream signage to the Federation of Lorton Communities. President John Fedorshik, accepted the signage on behalf of the FOLC membership and all the volunteers of the Lorton Community who have worked towards protecting the environment of Pohick Creek and improving the quality of the stream.

According to officials, Lorton volunteers have accomplished a great amount of progress over the year, including:

* Stream Clean Up - February 23, 2002,

* Tree Planting - April 20, 2002,

* Storm Drain Stenciling - June 22, 2002,

* Stream Water Quality Monitoring - August 10, 2002,

Support for the Adopt-A-Stream program has been provided by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation; Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District; Lorton Citizen's Alliance Team (LCAT); Fairfax County; and Lorton Community Resource Center LCRC) Youth Activities Group.

HYLAND SPOKE of the effective cooperation with Lorton community organizations; Fairfax County; and the state government which enables volunteers to help enhance the environment and quality of life.

Kailash Gupta, director of Wastewater Treatment commented on the effective relationship with the Noman M. Cole Jr., Pollution Control Plant and local community leaders working through the Lorton Citizen's Alliance Team (LCAT) to serve their community in a positive way. Kailash was commended for his work with LCAT members and encouraging the community to participate in the Adopt-A-Stream program.

Jeff Smithberger, deputy director of Solid Waste Management was thanked for his assistance in arranging removal of the tons of litter, tires and other trash collected by volunteers from Pohick Creek.