Sterling Foundation Plans Creek Cleanup

The Sterling Foundation is gathering volunteers to clean up trash in streams in Sterling Saturday, April 7.

Volunteers will clean up garbage on the Cabin Branch stream running behind Maple Ave. and W. Holly Ave. around the Sterling Park Golf Club, and the Muddy Branch along E. Church Road to Dranesville Road. They will clean 2.5 miles of stream.

The day is part of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Project Clean Stream, an annual event that according to the alliance brings tens of thousands of volunteers together to pick up trash from local streams, creeks, rivers, parks, and neighborhoods. Project Clean Stream events take place in DC and all six states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Trash bags and gloves are provided. Volunteers are advised to wear rubber boots closed-toed shoes that can get wet; clothes that can get dirty, especially lightweight long pants and long sleeves are recommended; bring sunblock, bug spray, and a reusable water bottle; and read up on identifying poison ivy.

The foundation is also collecting donations of snacks, supplies, and equipment for the day. Donations are tax-deductible.

Last year, 55 volunteers picked up 10 tons of refuse from 2 miles of the Cabin Branch.

Sign-in starts at 8 a.m. For more information, visit www.sterlingfoundation.org/stream or register online.

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