Building a Better Community

Cleanup Reports – Project Clean Stream, Cross Current Church

A huge thank you to volunteers from Cross Current Church for reaching out to partner with us on the Sunday, April 29 cleanup of the woods between Beech Road and Church Road. Check out the photos to see the amont of trash collected.

We’ve got the numbers on our Project Clean Stream effort for 2018! THANK YOU to our partners and sponsors. Details of our efforts below.


This event drew 76 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to expend 456 total working hours in one day’s effort to clean up 2.5 miles of Cabin Branch between West Church Road and Sterling Boulevard, as well as Muddy Branch between Lincoln Ave. and Dranesville Road. The final statistics of materials recovered from this area include:

  • 1040 lbs of metal (a half-ton)
  • 52 bags of recycling filling half of a 6-yard dumpster ~760 lbs or about 6,600 mostly plastic bottles
  • 137 bags of trash (part of 2 tons)
  • Additional miscellaneous solid waste (part of the 2 tons):
    • 11 tires
    • Mattress & boxspring
    • Hot water heater
    • 2×5-gallon buckets full of golf balls
    • 1960s-era glass peanut butter jars
    • Wooden farm livestock yoke
    • Various home & office furniture
    • Chrome vehicle bumper
    • Building materials including discarded water main pipes
    • 4 car batteries
    • Animal skulls
    • Cooler
    • Exercise Bike
    • Construction equipment & gear – tarps, plastic sheeting/drop cloths, work gloves
    • Screen doors, flooring, wire fencing, tile

That’s 2.896 tons or 5,792 lbs of trash!

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We also have an event photo album on Facebook to share.


We’re not done – with thanking people, or with the trash. In no way did these record numbers of volunteers and recovered stuff cover the entire planned stream area. Nor is it a major part of the trash that’s out there. This was a volunteer event with sponsored supplies. If you haven’t yet, please scroll down to join Sterling Foundation – only $20 a year, use the PayPal button – and if you’re out walking and see trash? PICK IT UP!

Much appreciation to:

Joe’s Pizzaria Sterling fed 76 ravenous volunteers on a cold, blustery day. Delicious job, Moe and the team!

Nana Chroninger provided co-funding and encouraged us to make this event waste-free for drink containers with snazzy green reuseable carabiner clip bottles. A Foundation first!

All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) put out the call to their dozens of Boy Scouts across two counties and made it possible to branch out to a second stream, Muddy Branch. There’s still more to do towards the Fairfax County line and we’re stoked to have these community partners on call.

As always, Kevin Chroninger and Mark Lenko of Keep Loudoun Beautiful were our equipment & logistics kingpins.

Nearly 40 students from here in Sterling including Park View High School‘s Campus program, NHS, Science Honor Society, and Math Honor Society were our core strength crew. Joined by teens from Dominion and Potomac Falls High Schools, as well as Sterling Middle, these guys and gals run down the stream getting trash out so quickly it’s surprising the place doesn’t vaporize. They refueled and went out in the afternoon again, working down to the wire as rain started to fall. Their faculty team supervisors took time out of their weekends to make it possible, a high-value investment.  Go Patriots, Titans, and Panthers!

Asurion provided promotional printing services to get our recruiting flyers, posters, and handouts ready.

Loudoun County staff, especially Jacqueline Pujol from Supervisor Koran Saines’ office for getting into our trash to help sort out some of that half-dumpster of recycling, while the wind blew.

Zoe Irwin and Kristin Brown from Loudoun County Mapping consulted extensively in our planning.

Sterling Middle School and Loudoun County Public Schools staff for helping us promote the event along the Boulevard, giving us a central hosting location, and letting us clutter up their front lawn for a day.

Loudoun County’s Soil and Water Conservation District’s Charlotte DeMolay for working with us on an educational speaker this year, though we had to reschedule. Check out their programs!

JB’s Hauling provided bulk metal recovery this year. Need junk gone? Contact them at 571-437-7552 for a free quote!

VDOT’s local team again supplied the remaining bulk pickup totaling 1.98 tons. Our appreciation to Sunil Taori and Jerry Compton for the cheerful collaboration.

Last but not least, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay‘s Project Clean Stream is our umbrella organization for this event. Thanks to Ted Wolfe. They provide some sponsored equipment, but most importantly, they originated and promote the message throughout our region that every little bit helps preserve clean natural resources and a livable environment for all. As you can see in the photos, little bits add up!




Two cleanups this weekend, Silent Auction tonight at Joe’s!

Find out about the stream cleanup SUNDAY April 15 here and please click through to EventBrite to confirm if you’re able to participate on the new date.

Quarterly Boulevard Cleanup is the day before April 14. No need to sign up, just show up!

If you’d like to be more relaxed, join us at Joe’s Pizza for our monthly dine out fundraiser.

Thanks for your support in the community!


Sterling Foundation Lecture on “The African American Community of Sterling”

Sterling Foundation Lecture Series #2 – “The African American Community of Sterling”

Sterling Library, February 21, 2018, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

The Sterling Historical, Heritage and Preservation Committee (SHHPC) Presents the second of our lecture series taking place on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM at the Sterling Library, located at the Safeway Plaza off Sterling Blvd. Join Donna Bohanon, Richard Nokes and Rev. Gregory Spurlock as they weave us through this exiting tale about the history of Eastern Loudoun County focusing on African American’s beginning just after the Civil War through the 21st century. Learn about communities such as Nokesville and Oak Grove and the churches, schools and dairy farms established by African Americans in Sterling. Understand how African Americans helped to establish the rural and urban roots of a developing country. Many of the structures and towns still exist today.

Thank you

Todd Gallant

Co-Chair SHHPC


Sterling Boulevard Quarterly Cleanup, February 3

To everyone,
This notice is an invitation to any volunteers who want to participate in the Sterling Boulevard Cleanup from 9:00 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, February 3.

All participants should come to BRIAR PATCH PARK (located along Sterling Blvd. between Charlotte St. and Frederick Dr.) at 8:45 a.m. to receive orange bags, safety vests, and instructions. Please bring work gloves!

In case of inclement weather, the cleanup will be postponed until Saturday, February 10.

This service project is organized by the not-for-profit Sterling Foundation to preserve the beauty of the community. For more information, contact Kevin Chroninger at 703-406-7749 or visit

Please forward this notice to others whom you believe might be interested in participating in this volunteer activity.

Thanks in advance,


Kevin D. Chroninger
Sterling Park Area Leader
Keep Loudoun Beautiful
703-406-7749 (home)
571-243-7396 (cell)

2018 Project Clean Stream now SUNDAY April 15

We’ve confirmed our date for the second round of cleaning beyond the Boulevard this year! Excited to be working with our partners Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay again, as well as Keep Loudoun Beautiful, Asurion, Sterling Golf, and any other interested local sponsors and participants!

Sign up here.

Email questions and comments to our site captain here.

We have confirmed with LCPS to hold this event at Sterling Middle School, setting up our HQ by the rear bus drop-off closest to W. Holly Ave.

We are updating the map (zoom out) of this year’s Cabin Branch segment around the golf course, as well as a stretch of Muddy Branch running from E. Church Road behind the ADAMS center over to Dranesville. As always, we ONLY use public access easements, or obtain waivers from any private property owners, as necessary to access the trash.


There are many more details that will be sent out to registrants. Please sign up above, and read more about what to expect here.

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