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Del. Surovell Leads Little Hunting Creek Cleanup—Part 2

Volunteers pulled one ton of trash from creek Saturday.

Volunteers pulled 25 shopping carts out of Upper Little Hunting Creek Saturday at a second cleanup sponsored by Del. Scott Surovell (D-44th).

Surovell along with 26 volunteers cleaned up trash in the northern branch of Little Hunting Creek near the Sequoyah Condominiums and Janna Lee Avenue. Volunteers included 10 students from Waynewood, Stratford Landing, and Mount Vernon Woods elementary schools, two officers of the Sequoyah Condominium Owners’ Association and community members.

Saturday’s cleanup netted one ton of trash, including 30 sports balls, 40 bags of trash, five tires and the 25 shopping carts. Additionally, volunteers collected thousands of cans and bottles.

“The trash in Little Hunting Creek is a billboard for corporate America,” said Surovell in a release. “You’d think the creek is sponsored by Pepsi, Coke, Deer Park, 7‐11, and Walmart. Taking responsibility for your products also includes ensuring that your products do not end up as pollution. This creek has become a retail trash dump.”

After the removal of the larger pieces of trash, the creek was still polluted with a mix of medicine bottles, small drink bottles, lighters and granulated polystyrene from to‐go food containers and disposable beverage coolers.

“It was amazing that we saw anything alive in this creek,” said Surovell. “There were no insects, crawfish, minnows, turtles, or anything living between Huntley Meadows Park and the Janna Lee Bridge.”

Surovell sponsored an earlier cleanup of North Little Hunting Creek earlier this spring; and another ton of trash.

Scott B June 04, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I have said twice it is great he and other took a day to clean. That is something to be proud of. But alot of people get out in our community and do great things in many many ways. We just don't have a crew take pictures and write articles about it.
Native Virginian June 04, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Scott B, Thanks for following up. If I could share with you what the posted pictures did for me. Last year when I saw the pictures from Scott's clean up I was aghast. Upon further inquiry it was revealed that here were homeless camps back in that area. What shocked me the most was the number of homeless people we have on this part of Rt. 1. I inquired as to how I could help and with some great exchanges online and a few phone calls, I began volunteering for ROCK (Route One Community Kitchen). Let me clarify...I don't support taxing anyone for selling bottles, as I said, I support a deposit. I would support a tax on companies that manufacturer Styrofoam or whatever a disposable cooler is made of? If it's going to be "disposable" it needs to be biodegradable. Even if that junk doesn't end up in the creek, it's gonna end up in the landfill. Whatdawanna bet those disposable coolers aren't manufactured in the US.
Wildermann June 04, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Well OK now, so who provides and pays for the educational campaign for where large #'s of people gather? As stated previously, more than a few states have beverage container deposit laws and plastic bag user fees. The same companies that operate there are the same ones operating in VA. They have not stopped doing business in the states with the laws. They still make profits. Do you honestly think they will stop doing business in VA if legislation passes that requires beverage container deposits or payment of 5 cents for a plastic bag? There is a noticeable difference in the waterways of these states with laws as compared to states without this legislation. It works and makes a difference. I've visited abroad many times. Last summer for nearly a month in Sweden. They have some of the toughest environmental regulations in the world and some of the highest taxes. The Swedes are very business friendly and businesses know they can't skirt around environmental laws and must pay a fair share in taxes. Their GDP was significantly higher than ours last year and they are not in a recession. Prices for goods and services are high but everyone earns a living wage and doesn't spend an arm and a leg for health care, child care or education. It evens out and if you don't want the state services you can still pay for private services.Businesses there operate the same as business here. They earn profits. My relation there, a retired CEO uses state services and could easily afford the private.
Wildermann June 04, 2012 at 11:35 PM
There are no crews taking pictures, just participants using their cell phones or their own cameras. It takes a few minutes to write a couple of paragraphs and upload a few pictures to get the word out regarding good deeds. This site is a great platform to spotlight good deeds and opinion in this community. You have to make your own sunshine in this world and sell yourself or your cause. No one else will do it for you.
Jacqueline Bilowus June 12, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I'm a little concerned that Walmart doesn't intend to install the cart locking technology or coin based locking system. What can we do to put pressure on them for this? That is a lot of carts they are losing to the creek.

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