Archive for 2013

Commuter Ferry Coming to Occoquan?

Posted by Lou on October 30, 2013 in Occoquan River, Potomac River, Transportation, Washington DC News

PH2009050803906Some would call the Potomac River northern Virginia’s most underused highway. But commuters may be putting that highway to work in the future. A year-long study found that four possible routes across the Potomac, Anacostia and Occoquan rivers have enough demand to support a daily water taxi service.

The study reports that approximately $30 million in capital improvements would be required for a Woodbridge-to-Washington route. The scenario assumes a base of operations from Alexandria or the airport. Longer-distance water taxis from Woodbridge, Fort Washington and Charles County would have “a much better probability of success if built from a solid base” of commuter operations.

The last time the proposed Occoquan-DC water taxi caught attention was in 2009:

According to WJLA, for the third time in eight years, Prince William County will once again be testing the viability of a ferry service from the county to the district.

There’s no single funding source that ferry proponents have identified to pay for the service, if it gets approved. County officials say that about $600 million from the federal economic stimulus package could help cover construction costs for docks at ferry stations.

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Georgetown Waterfront: Police boat smashes into moored vessel

Posted by Lou on September 2, 2013 in Georgetown Waterfront, Potomac River, Video

Huge bummer to see this happen in front of the Georgetown waterfront…a no-wake zone.

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Climate Change Casualty: Georgetown Waterfront?

Posted by Lou on August 11, 2013 in Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Environmental News, Georgetown Waterfront, Potomac River, Washington DC News

The Georgetown waterfront is a favorite among boaters in Washington DC. On any given Friday or Saturday night, you’ll find 30-50 boats tied up along the sea wall.

To reach the Georgetown waterfront by boat, you must pass under a series of bridges: Long Bridge (CSX Railroad), Fenwick Bridge (Metro Yellow Line), all 3 spans of the 14th Street Bridge, Memorial Bridge and Roosevelt Bridge. At current sea levels, each bridge provides 25-30 feet of vertical space for vessel passage.

However, what will happen when sea level rises and the bridges stay the same height? Will boats still be able to reach the Georgetown Waterfront? Not unless the bridges are rebuilt or you’re captaining a submarine.

Take a look at the illustrations below, which imagine what the Potomac River would look like based on varying degrees of low and medium tide, courtesy of the Surging Seas Project. Pay careful attention to the bridge clearances.

The Jefferson Memorial today:

The Jefferson Memorial with 25 ft. of sea level rise:

The white cones on the maps show the location and angle of the camera that is seen in the corresponding illustrations.

Map of Washington D.C. today:

Map of Washington D.C. with 25 ft. of sea level rise:

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AquaPalooza 2013: Saturday July 20th at Tim’s 2 Fairview Beach

Posted by Lou on July 15, 2013 in Aquapalooza, Boating News, Meetups, Potomac River, Special Events

Huzzah! Aquapalooza 2013, the world’s largest boating event, will once again have an outpost in Washington DC. The floating party is sponsored by the Prince William Marina. This year the merry mayhem will take place on the Potomac River at Tim’s 2 Restaurant and Crabhouse on Saturday July 20th.

The festivities will take place from noon until dark, with a great fireworks display once the sun goes down. Bands will be rocking all day on the central floating stage.

By water, just pull on up! All of the fun is on the water, so bring your beach towels, sunscreen, water and snacks! Get ready to listen to some country music. RSVP on Facebook.

By road, access will be VERY limited. To reinforce the “boating-only” nature of AquaPalooza, here is a special message from Prince William Marine:

The small town of Fairview Beach cannot accommodate the road traffic that this event has brought in the past. There will be limited restaurant parking and any person parking on the side streets throughout the community will be towed at the owner’s expense. Boaters be sure to load up your passengers and items from your dock before you leave. Coolers, backpacks, chairs and other beach type bags as well as any food/beverages of any type will not be permitted on or thru the restaurant. You will not be able to get to a shuttle boat with any of those items. Tim’s II does sell alcoholic beverages to go. ABC regulations will be strictly enforced.

There will be a Pre-Palooza party at The Electric Palm at Prince William Marina on Thursday night July 18th. 95.9 WGRQ will be broadcasting live from 5pm to 7pm.

Have fun, be safe, see you at Aquapalooza 2013!

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Occoquan Spring Craft Fair 2013

Posted by Lou on May 29, 2013 in Craft Show, Special Events, Town News

The 2013 Occoquan Spring Craft Fair will take place in Historic Occoquan, this weekend, June 1st & 2nd. Per the semi-annual tradition, it will feature an assortment of deep-fried delicacies and for-sale craft items from a wide array of local artists. The craft show website has more details about participating vendors.

You can park in nearby commuter lots and take a shuttle to Occoquan for $4/person (kids free). The weather looks like its going to be HOT this year, stop by and check it out!

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Occoquan Farmer’s Market 2013 Powered by the OTC

Posted by Lou on May 9, 2013 in Farmer's Market News, Town News

The signs on Route 123 and at Old Bridge Road say it all: The Occoquan Farmer’s Market will return again in 2013. However, this year there is a story behind the sign. During Winter, the traditional sponsor/organizer (the Occoquan Merchants Association) disbanded. As a result, there was a very real possibility that the market would fold.

Good news: the Occoquan Farmer’s Market will live on! Mayor Earnie Porta has assumed control of the market through the newly-formed Occoquan Transportation Company (OTC). Market hours and location will remain the same as in the past — with a twist: an advance order and delivery service.

According to the OTC website:

“Local residents register in advance by completing the form located on the Occoquan Farmers Market website.  On the Friday before each market, registrants will receive an email notification indicating the items available for delivery and their price.  They may then place orders for delivery via email no later than 7:30 p.m. on Friday.  Notification and orders are placed exclusively via the internet, so participants must have access to an internet connection and an active email account.  On Saturday morning, OFMM will fill the orders and deliver them.  Participants need not be home to accept delivery, but are required to have designated a location suitably covered from the elements where the order may be left.  An invoice will be left with the order, and participants must remit payment no later than the following Wednesday either by check, credit card, or PayPal.  The invoice will show a surcharge for payments by credit card or PayPal.”

The Occoquan Farmer’s Market, located in the Mill Street parking lot adjacent to the Route 123 bridge, features locally grown produce. It is open for business on Saturday mornings from April 27 through October 26 (excluding Craft Show weekends). Typically, the spectrum of goods include: crabcakes, baked goods, produce, pork, indian spices, pies,  crepes and more!

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Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Prediction!

Posted by Lou on April 1, 2013 in Announcements, Washington DC News


The Peak Bloom Period prediction for the beautiful Cherry Blossom trees that encircle the Tidal Basin in Washington DC has been revised to April 3 – 6, 2013! The peak bloom date is defined as the day in which 70 percent of the blossoms of the Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis) trees are open.

The blooming of the cherry trees has come to symbolize the natural beauty of our nation’s capital city. The famous trees, a gift from Japan in 1912, signal Washington’s rite of spring with an explosion of life and color that surrounds the Tidal Basin in a sea of pale pink and white blossoms. Thousands of city residents and visitors from across the nation and around the world come here to witness the spectacle, hoping that the trees will be at the peak of bloom for the Cherry Blossom Festival.

One of the most popular activites is to rent a paddle boat and peddle around the Tidal Basic. Reservations are recommended. Of course, if you have a boat and live in Occoquan, your best option is to dewinterize and head north! It only takes about 30 minutes to reach the spot in between the Key Bridge and the 14th Street Bridge, where you’ll discover the best vantage point.

Looking to head up to DC as part of an armada? Check out the Classic Party on the Potomac Facebook Group to see if you can find any takers!

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2013 Prince William Boat Show

Posted by Lou on March 17, 2013 in Boat Shows, Boating News, Occoquan River, Potomac River

This weekend, for the fifth year in a row, the Prince William Marina is hosting the “Washington Capital Boating Show” along the Occoquan waterfront. The boat show will be running all weekend long, from Friday at 2:00 until Sunday at 5:00.

There is an impressive list of 50 vendors that will be in attendance. Prince William Marina is a Sea Ray dealership and they will have many new & used boats on display. This year promises to include a large number of boats to explore, as both Hoffmaster’s Marina (Chaparrel Boats) and Holly Acres (Bayliner and Regal Boats) will also have boats on display.

If you’re thinking about buying a boat or just counting down the days until summertime, you should plan on stopping by.

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