Arlington Fairfax Chapter

of the

Izaak Walton League of America

Watershed Conservation Activities


Adopt-A-Stream Clean Up of Cub Run

November 4, 2012

Location : Compton Road to Big Rocky Run

Seven volunteers participated in the November 4th Adopt A Stream Cleanup of Cub Run. Starting from Rocky Run and working downstream to Compton Road, we filled 7 bags with trash and carried out 2 tires and some steel junk. The total weight of trash collected was 225 pounds.

After a long period of dry weather this year, Hurricane Sandy dropped about 6 inches of rain in the watershed earlier in the week flushing trash from the storm drains and raising water levels in Cub Run by 12 feet.

Cub Run Flooding Oct 29th Fair weather crossing of Cub Run at Rocky Run

Fair weather crossing of Cub Run at Rocky Run. On the left Photo taken on October 29th, the stepping stones are covered by several feet of water, photo taken in 2010 with Cub Run at normal flow.

This was only 5 days before the cleanup, however it was remarkable how quickly the flood receded. Throughout the woods along the stream, mud covered the bushes and trees to chest height. Trash was distributed throughout the floodplain but well hidden by the fallen leaves.

Removing trash wedged into the rocks along Cub Run

Removing trash wedged into the rocks along Cub Run

Plastic strapping probably originating from the Route 66 storm drains.

Plastic strapping probably originating from the Route 66 storm drains.

Scott Jones carrying out trash bags

Scott Jones carrying out trash bags

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Volunteers from November 4th.

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