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Project Clean Stream

NEW DATE April 15 due to extreme weather!

Sterling Project Clean Stream

April 15th, no raindate (we'll get wet either way)  but there is a snowdate

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

MEET AT Sterling Middle School, 201 W. Holly Ave.,  20164

Read on for full details.

Volunteers please CONFIRM so we can estimate supplies.

Frequently-Asked Questions 

Bilingual flyer 2018 (PDF 297 KB)


Volunteer FAQs and Details


About Project Clean Stream


2017 Project Clean Stream Sterling report.




  • Registration is not a commitment to attend. We need an estimate of interested folks to get supplies arranged.
  • We will contact all registered volunteers directly with full details about this event. Please use this website to spread the word!
  • You can easily share the above registration link, along with current photos and information, using our Project Clean Stream Facebook event.


Frequently-Asked Questions*

1. What should I bring?

Wear rubber boots, or closed-toed shoes you can get wet. Clothes you can get dirty – lightweight long pants and long sleeves are recommended.  Read up on what poison ivy looks like.  Sunblock and bug spray. NEW FOR 2018 we have reuseable water bottles for the first 100 volunteers! If you prefer, bring a hydration backpack and plan to re-fill throughout the day.

We will provide work gloves, bags, trash grabbers, a map to your site, water/lemonade, and snacks.

2. When can I come?


We open sign-in at 8:00 a.m. We will give a briefing at 8:15 a.m. at SMS before sending people out to the priority sections of the streams.

If you can’t come then, or you can’t stay all day, you can still join us! Check in at Sterling Middle School to register, and find out where on the stream you’re needed. Please do come back to check out after finishing at your stream site.

Lunch is about noon, before we head out to finish up. Recycling sorters are valuable assets and if you’d like to chill out under a tent while helping recover materials to avoid the landfill, tell us! We’ll start that process at SMS in the afternoon.

3. Can the whole family help?

Yes, kids can clean up. Actually, you’re our best volunteers!

Each child 10 and under must have an adult to supervise them at all times. Groups of children between 10-18 years old should have an adult group supervisor to sign the waiver for them, with an adult-child ratio as approved by their school, youth group, or organization. Kids 16-18 can attend with a signed adult contact waiver and should ask at the registration table to complete that paperwork  then be assigned to an adult supervisor if they wish to participate.

4. Can those with mobility issues help?

We will have the stream mapped out so that everyone can participate based on their ability. If you prefer to stay at the registration table and help with logistics, that is also an ex-stream-ly (hah) valuable role! We are sorting recycling out after lunch as well, if you prefer a less strenuous activity.


5. What do you need?

Your time, mostly! We’d also love in-kind snack donations, and anyone with an ATV or lawn tractor and trailer to help haul bags out.  We have some other equipment and supply requests:

THANK YOU. Email for a sponsorship form (including our tax-free EIN), or with any questions.

6. Is there a restroom?

Yes. We are arranging toilet facilities and a three-stage handwashing station located next to Sterling Middle School for volunteers.

7. Can I keep something that I find?
As long as you’re not grabbing something from private property, if you find something that can be reused or repurposed, then feel free to take it home. Reusing is better than Recycling or tossing away.

8. Why should I register online?
In short, registering online will save you time at the sign-in table. Later, it will save us time trying to decipher handwritten names and emails to send you a cleanup report.  Besides providing the organizers a sense of the interest in the event, if weather becomes an issue, you will be alerted via email with updates.

Please note that registering online is by no means a commitment from you to participate.

9. When is a Rain Date (n/a) used?  UPDATED!

As of April 14: Since you volunteers plan ahead and fit the cleanup into your busy schedule, we really don’t want to postpone the cleanup just because the weather is less than perfect.  So unless severe weather is in the vicinity (hail, snow, thunderstorms, tornados, hurricanes, SNOW, etc.), we’ll hold the event as scheduled.  A little bit of drizzle or cold temperatures won’t spoil our mission, right?  You just need to plan ahead and dress for the conditions.

April 4, 2018: Well, it’s going to snow. In April. Even a little bit, plus some freezing temps, and we feel like we don’t want to add to the list of printouts with a hypothermia brochure plus digging out the blankets and… so we worked with our host sites and we have a new SNOW date for this event, Sunday April 15, 2018. Please share this info with your friends and neighbors! We hope to see you then.

IF THE 2018 EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER, volunteers are encouraged to attend the nearby Cascades Trash Bash Sunday, April 8.

Be sure to register online so that if weather becomes as issue, you will be alerted via email with updates.

10. Does the Sterling Project Clean Stream count towards community service time?

Yes! Get your form and any sign-in and sign-out completed at the registration table on the day. We are a registered local non-profit and your efforts will benefit our environment and community.

11. Any advice from cleanup experts?

Yes! Please check out these tips for cleanup crews! Thanks to the Cascades Trash Bash*

12. Do you have a map of the stream we’re cleaning?

Here’s the plan (zoom out/view larger to see both streams)  !



Feeling trashy!

About Project Clean Stream

Sterling Foundation is hosting a site this year.

Find out more about Project Clean Stream via the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay:

Every spring, tens of thousands of volunteers come together to pick up trash from local streams, creeks, rivers, parks, and neighborhoods as part of the Alliance’s Project Clean Stream — the largest cleanup event in the Chesapeake Bay region! Cleanups take place across the entire Chesapeake watershed, in all 6 Bay states and DC.

Through Project Clean Stream, the Alliance offers hands-on opportunities for other environmental organizations, local businesses and governments, community groups, houses of worship, schools and universities, and residents to take action to make a true impact and nurture a lasting personal stewardship and commitment to the environment, clean water, and Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration. Through our Project Clean Stream cleanups, volunteers have the opportunity to dig, plant, pick-up trash, and discover how their everyday decisions affect the overall health of their local waterways, and the Bay.

The Alliance coordinates local site cleanups, trains site captains, and provides cleanup supplies such as trash bags and gloves.

About Trash Cleanups

Why is this, as well as other litter cleanup events, so important?
Because not only is litter disgusting to look at, litter pollutes the planet where we all live and harms innocent wildlife.  Plastic is especially harmful to every living creature since it photo-degrades over time, resulting in microscopic plastic particles that basically pollute our environment with toxins forever.  When litter reaches the oceans, it gets stuck in giant swirling gyres, contaminating the oceans, the sea life that eats it or gets tangled in it, and the greater food chain (including us humans).  Litter cleanup events help to rid the planet from these harmful products, and cleanup events where recycling is a priority (like the CTB), the litter is converted to useful products, saving natural resources and energy.

Duck Runoff Video

*With thanks to Mark Lenko of Keep Loudoun Beautiful and our neighboring Cascades Trash Bash.


In signing the event waiver form, I acknowledge that there are risks and hazards associated with Project Clean Stream and I agree to assume all such risks and the possibility of hazards to me, my child (children), supervised minors in my group, and all real or personal property, and do not hold the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, property owners, Site Captain, Sterling Foundation, or associated organizing group responsible.  I understand that participation in Sterling Foundation activities is entirely voluntary. I understand that Project Clean Stream events involve physical activity, including bending, lifting, and digging. I know and understand the risks and dangers involved in the above named activities and I know and understand that unanticipated dangers may arise.


I hereby assume all responsibility and risk, and agree to release, and waive all claims, causes of action, judgments, and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees and costs, in connection with injuries or damage to persons or property sustained or incurred in connection with or as a result of my participation in this event or any related activities sponsored or held by the Sterling Foundation and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and hereby agree to indemnify and hold the Sterling Foundation and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, its officers, volunteers, directors, members, staff, and any others acting on behalf of the Sterling Foundation, harmless in connection with any and all of the foregoing.


In addition, I consent to the use by the Sterling Foundation, Alliance for the Chesapeake, and their affiliates, of my and/or my children’s or supervised minors in my group, name, photo, likeness, or film, videotape, and/or sound recording of me and/or my children or supervised minors in my group (collectively, hereinafter referred to as the “Information”), to promote or publicize the Sterling Foundation and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s activities, both internally and externally, in any media whether now known or hereafter devised. I expressly disclaim all rights to all values and benefits Sterling Foundation and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay may gain through the use of the Information.  I give permission for photos of myself and/or children, or supervised minors in my group, taken during this event to be used for future Project Clean Stream promotion or reporting.


In recognition for your volunteer services, you will receive a complimentary Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay membership for one year and receive occasional communications from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, including the Alliance’s monthly newsletter.


I recognize that by signing the waiver I am waiving certain rights, including the right to sue.


My signature on the waiver at the Sterling Foundation Clean Stream Event indicates acceptance of all the above waiver text. 


Hoja de Registro de Voluntarios

Al firmar esta forma, reconozco que existen riesgos y peligros asociados con Project Clean Stream y estoy de acuerdo con asumir los riesgo y la posibilidad de peligros hacia mí, mi hijo(a) (hijos(as), menores de edad supervisados en mi grupo,  y toda propiedad personal o real, y no hago responsables al Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, los dueños de las propiedades, Capitán de la Localidad (Site Captain), Sterling Foundation o al grupo organizador. Entiendo que el evento Project Clean Stream requiere cierta actividad física como doblarse, levantar y cavar. Sé y entiendo los riesgos y peligros envueltos en las mencionadas actividades y sé y entiendo que pueden ocurrir peligros no previstos.


Asumo toda la responsabilidad y riesgo, y relevo y renuncio toda reclamación, causa de acción, sentencias y otros gastos, incluyendo gastos y costas razonables de abogado, relacionados con lesiones o daños a personas o propiedad ocurrida o sufrida en conexión con o como resultado de mi participación en este evento o en cualquier actividad relacionada que sea auspiciada o llevada a cabo por Sterling Foundation y Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, y también estoy de acuerdo con indemnizar y mantener sin perjuicio de cualquier y todo lo anteriormente mencionado a Sterling Foundation y Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, sus oficiales, voluntarios, directores, miembros, personal y cualquier otra persona en función del Sterling Foundation.


Además, otorgo el consentimiento para el uso por el Sterling Foundation, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay y sus afiliadas, de nombre, foto,  parecido o aspecto, película, grabación de video, y/o grabación de sonido de mí y/o mis hijos, de los menores bajo supervisión que están mi grupo (se refiere de ahora en adelante como la “Información”), que sean míos y/o de mi hijos, o de los menores bajo supervisión que están mi grupo, para publicar o promover actividades internas y externas, en cualquier medio ya sea conocido o establecido en un futuro por el Sterling Foundation y Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Expresamente rechazo cualquier reclamación de todos los valores y beneficios que Sterling Foundation y Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay puedan ganar a través del uso de la Información.  Doy permiso para que las fotos tomadas durante este evento de mí y/o mis hijos, o de los menores bajo supervisión que están mi grupo, que sean utilizadas para promocionar el Project Clean Stream en futuras ocasiones o en reportajes.


En reconocimiento por su servicio voluntario, usted recibirá una membresía gratuita del Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay por un año y recibirá algunas comunicaciones por parte del Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, incluyendo el boletín informativo del Alliance mensualmente.


Reconozco que al firmar este documento estoy renunciando a ciertos derechos, incluyendo el derecho a demandar.   


Mi firma en la parte de abajo indica que acepto todo el contenido de relevo que está en la página 1 de este documento, como referencia, también se encuentra en línea en