Archive for September, 2010

Virtual Tour of Occoquan

Posted by Lou on September 28, 2010 in Pictures, Town News, Video

Occoquan resident Boyd Alexander recently uploaded a slideshow to YouTube that includes a number of great pictures. Enjoy!

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2010 Occoquan Fall Craft Fair 9/25-9/26

Posted by Lou on September 19, 2010 in Craft Show, Town News

The 2010 Occoquan Fall Craft Fair will take place in Historic Occoquan, Saturday September 25th (10:00 AM to 6:00 PM) and Sunday, September 26th (10:00 AM until 5:00 PM) rain or shine. This will be the first craft fair since the former Occoquan Craft Fair director, Greg Gilker, passed away in an unfortunate accident at Belmont Bay Marina on June 17th.

Per the semi-annual tradition, it will feature lots of greasy food and crafts from a wide array of local artists and vendors. The official craft show website has complete vendor details.

You can park in nearby commuter lots and take a shuttle to Occoquan for $4/person (kids free). If you don’t mind a little traffic, there is parking to be found in the neighborhoods surrounding the fair.

Hopefully the beautiful September weather will hold out and it will be a fantastic weekend!

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Potomac River Healthiest in 50 Years

Posted by Lou on September 12, 2010 in Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Environmental News, Fishing News, Occoquan Reservoir, Occoquan River, Potomac River

According to the Washington Post, the Potomac River is now the healthiest that it has been since the 1950’s.

“The comeback has been closely tied to the Blue Plains treatment plant, which handles waste from the District and parts of Montgomery, Prince George’s, Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington counties. Its outflow is a river in itself: about 300 million gallons a day of treated sewage, enough to fill RFK Stadium.”

“In the past decade, responding to mandates from federal regulators, the plant has added $1 billion in new efforts that allow bacteria to consume the algae-feeding pollutant nitrogen in sewage.”

Read the full article at the Washington Post

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Bull Shark Mania!

Posted by Lou on September 7, 2010 in Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Fishing News, Pictures, Potomac River

I would be remiss if I did not mention the “Bull Shark in the Potomac River” frenzy that blew up on Facebook and the mainstream media while I was away. I tracked down the original reports and it wasn’t just one bull shark, it was two.

One was caught of Cornfield Harbor in extreme southern St. Mary’s county, MD. The NBC Washington website, which broke the “story” has a gruesome slideshow. The second was caught a bit farther north, near Tall Timbers, MD.

Both of these sharks were caught at the very, very edge of the Potomac River Watershed. So far south that one shark was actually caught by scientists collecting stingrays. This map shows where the bull sharks were caught:

The catches were very far away from Occoquan, almost 100 nautical miles south. Even down there, at the very edge of the Chesapeake Bay “you very, very rarely see them”, according to the Washington Post. Ok, no more bull shark jokes.

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Pura Vida

Posted by Lou on September 7, 2010 in Random Musings

Back from an awesome trip to Costa Rica, which included surfing in Tamarindo and Nosara. Costa Rica is an amazingly beautiful country that does a fantastic job promoting the environment and eco-tourism. The beaches are beautiful, the fruits are juicy, and the roads are dirt (with gigantic potholes).

I would love to see some of the Tico spirit come to Occoquan.

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