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Thousands of Pounds of Trash Removed from Little Hunting Creek

This past weekend, Del. Scott Surovell held his fourth cleanup in the past 12 months of Little Hunting Creek in the Hybla Valley section of Fairfax County.

The cleanup, in coordination with Friends of Little Hunting Creek and the 25th Annual Alice Ferguson’s Foundations Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup, was led by Surovell at three different sites: Janna Lee Avenue Bridge, Creekside Village Apartments and Mount Vernon Shopping Plaza behind the Shoppers Food Warehouse and U.S. Post Office.

Seventy-five volunteers helped remove the trash from the creek over an eight-hour period. The volunteers included students from Waynewood Elementary Schools, Carl Sandburg Middle School, Thomas Jefferson High School, West Potomac High School JROTC and the Junior Girl Scout Troop #128 (Waynewood and Stratford Landing).

Last Saturday’s cleanup netted nearly four tons of trash that included: 16 shopping carts, 125 bags of trash, 16 tires, a gun holster and bullet, car seat and child safety seat, four bikes, two dozen food delivery trays, a kitty litter container, a decorative arbor, purses, thousands of beverage containers, Hello Kitty toys, skateboards, a car battery, traffic cones, oil filters, headlights and car parts, mattresses and a yard waste bin.

Fort Hunt resident Robert O’Hanlon of Robert O’Hanlon Tree Service once again volunteered and brought out heavy service equipment to cut through fallen trees and pry out the debris from the soft creekbed.

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Trash from Saturday’s clean-up sits on the side of the service road at the intersection of Fordson Road and Richmond Highway after volunteers traversed the creek in Mount Vernon Shopping Plaza behind the Shoppers Food Warehouse and U.S. Post Office.

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Out of the Creek Bikes, shopping carts and bags of trash fill the curb at the Janna Lee Avenue Bridge during the Little Hunting Creek clean-up on Saturday, April 6. More photos, page 13.

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Geno volunteered to work with Fort Hunt resident Robert O’Hanlon on removing some of the heavier items lodged in the creek bed under the Janna Lee Avenue Bridge. Geno works here with Walter Fink carefully dislodging a bed frame out of the creekbed.

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Fort Hunt resident Robert O’Hanlon listens a State Delegate Scott Surovell describes more imbedded sightings of shopping carts and metal parts further down the creekbed heading towards the river.

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State Del. Scott Surovell checks in with volunteers at the Janna Lee Bridge.

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>Mara Surovell, Janetzy Garcia, Julia Schoendorf and Eva Surovell make their way down the hillside to the creekbed collecting more trash on Saturday.

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Volunteers from West Potomac’s JROTC worked through the morning collecting trash from the creekbed.