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Cleanup of Little Hunting Creek Yields 17 Shopping Carts

Del. Scott Surovell's six cleanups in 24 months have seen 177 shopping carts pulled from creek.

Del. Scott Surovell, Fairfax County School Board Member Dan Storck and students from Hybla Valley Elementary pose for a photo during cleanup of Little Hunting Creek over the weekend. Photo courtesy of Del. Surovell
Del. Scott Surovell, Fairfax County School Board Member Dan Storck and students from Hybla Valley Elementary pose for a photo during cleanup of Little Hunting Creek over the weekend. Photo courtesy of Del. Surovell

This past weekend, Del. Scott Surovell held his sixth cleanup in the past two years of Little Hunting Creek in the Hybla Valley section of Fairfax County. The cleanup, in coordination with the Friends of Little Hunting Creek and the Alice Ferguson’s Foundations Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup, was led by Delegate Surovell at three different sites:

- Janna Lee Avenue Bridge

- Mt. Vernon Shopping Plaza

- Audubon Estates

The Friends of Little Hunting Creek President, Betsy Martin, coordinated 16 additional sites around Little Hunting Creek in the Gum Springs, Riversides Estates, Stratford Landing, Wessynton and First River Farms neighborhoods that helped to remove over 300 bags of trash.

At Del. Surovell’s sites, 95 volunteers helped remove the trash from the creek over an eight-hour period. These included students from Waynewood Elementary School, Hybla Valley Elementary School, Carl Sandburg Middle School and West Potomac High School. 

The weekend cleanup netted over 2,200 pounds of trash including:

- 17 shopping carts
- 95 bags of trash
- 16 tires
- 3 Bags
- 3 Carpets
- 8 Sports Balls
- 4x8 Aluminum Sign

- Mannequin leg, toy gun and toy car
- Mini van seat
- Beer cans and liquor bottles
- Lawn Mower
- Dirty diapers
- Lawn chair

The shopping carts included two Costco, three Wal Mart, one Goodwill, three Shoppers, one from Home Deport, two from CVS, one from Eagle, one from Bed, Bath and Beyond and three that were unrecognizable. 

There were also other large obstructions including furniture deeply embedded in the creek that caused major buildups and formed dams.

Yesterday’s cleanup topped off six cleanups in the past 24 months that removed a total of 177 shopping carts from the same half-mile stretch of Little Hunting Creek since April 2012. 

Many of the shopping carts were deeply embedded in the creek and pinned under trees or entangled in roots. The removal of these carts could not have been accomplished without the help of Robert O’Hanlon and Ed Raduazo of Robert O’Hanlon’s tree service.

Greg Crider April 08, 2014 at 08:16 AM
Kudos to Delegate Surovell and School Board Member Dan Storck for leading these cleanups and the many volunteers for participating. A special thanks to Betsy Martin (Friends of Little Hunting Creek) and Ned Stone (Friends of Dyke Marsh) for organizing and leading parallel efforts. It's great that youngsters are participating and learning to respect our environment. My goal is that those who cause this problem will do likewise, change their behavior put these clean-ups "out of business". I'm a bit tired of picking up trash each time I take out my canoe.

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