Our Work

Annual Creek Cleanup: 2011

2011 Cleanup Results

This year, 66 volunteers working at nine sites picked up 255 bags of trash, 2 tires, 4 shopping carts, and many other debris.

That’s fewer volunteers, but more bags, than we got in 2010.

2011 Trashmasters of Little Hunting Creek

Honorary recognition is awarded annually to the team that collects the most bags, and this year’s award winners are…The Fahy Duo!

The Fahys snatched back the title after last year’s loss by collecting an astonishing 62 bags of trash (and a couple of deck chairs and an albino plastic flamingo) on the Wagon Wheel oxbow and the point. It’s good to have one of our geezer teams back in top form, proving that replacement knees can do the job.

Delegate Surovell with bass drum recovered from the creek
Delegate Surovell with his prize, a bass drum

First Runner Up: The Delegate and the Girl Scouts

Young blood! (And young backs.) That’s what the Friends of Little Hunting Creek need, and Kathy Lehner and the Girl Scouts delivered them, with a stellar performance in their first-time participation in the Little Hunting Creek cleanup.

It was great to have them on board this year. The Creekside Village Girl Scouts and leaders are intrepid, creative, and determined workers who did their mightiest to get at the monster trash dam downstream of the bridge. The Girl Scouts and their leaders dove in (some literally) in a valiant effort to retrieve the trash.

Delegate Surovell (shown here with his prize, a bass drum, unfortunately no longer playable) and daughter Eva also delivered. Eva told her grandmother ALL about it: “You wouldn’t believe it, Grandma. I found 4 grocery carts and I pulled out 5 yucky diapers!” Together, the Girl Scouts and Surovells picked up 40 bags of trash, a bass drum, a street sign, a deconstructed bicycle, table legs, lawnmower bag, a porn CD entitled “Black Booty,” and–unlikeliest of all–an unbroken, unchipped crystal champagne glass.

Paul Siegel and Kirk Daehnke working the pump station bight

Second Runner Up: Marovelli and the County Workers

The pros picked up 37 bags of trash, a tire, chair, 3 shopping carts, sheet of plywood, and lots of other weighty debris. We are mighty glad to have you guys working with us. You are the best! (well, almost as good as the Girl Scouts). As always, the county did a great job of promptly picking up of the heaps of bags and big, heavy, waterlogged debris at all our sites.

Third Runner Up: The Brady Street Irregulars

Mort Isler and the Irregulars nearly edged the county, despite the county workers’ advantage in numbers and youth! They picked up 35 bags of trash, a large waterlogged cable spool, and a child’s riding truck. They also picked up some hot new recruits, deepening their bench for next year. Stay tuned…never count these guys out of the TRASHMASTER Tourney.

Gahart’s Crew: The Improving Conditions for Wildlife Award

For the second year in a row, Gahart’s Crew has won this coveted award. David reports that, after his team picked up 22 bags of trash and a shopping cart, several deer wandered by. Usually, when deer cross the marsh there’s a crunching sound as they step on all the plastic bottles and cans. Instead, it was quiet when they walked. They turned their heads toward him and looked, as if to say, “Thank you.”

The Little Hunting Creek Immersion Award

Only occasionally awarded, it goes to Zelda Shute, who fell into the creek as she valiantly tried to reach the trash dam below the Janna Lee Avenue bridge.

Beate Whitesell, Patrick Fogarty and friends, working on Stirrup Cove

Thanks to Alice Ferguson Foundation and all who support our efforts, especially the site leaders and volunteers:

  • Kathy Lehner and troop leaders and members of Girl Scout troops 922, 716, 211, and 364
  • Quent Marovelli and county workers of the Solid Waste Division
  • Delegate Scott Surovell and his daughter Eva
  • Adam Draper, leading the cleanup at the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust site
  • Karl Egloff and the Captains of Captains Row, last year’s CHAMPION TRASHMASTERS, at the mouth of the creek

Want to get in on the cleanup action?

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Photo: ©Philip Bogdan

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Friends of Little Hunting Creek is a grassroots, volunteer-led organization that began as a group of genuinely concerned neighbors living near the creek. We need your help to protect this beautiful place – join us today!

Our vision is a beautiful, healthy creek that supports wildlife live in it and along its shores, and provides recreation and respite to humans that live nearby. We envision a shared sense of community responsibility for the health of the Little Hunting Creek watershed and appreciation for its beauty.

Photo: ©Phil Bogdan