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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Reston's Vibrant Waterways (and the junk people throw into them)

sp04_garbage.jpgThis past weekend, a bunch of environmentally minded Restonians took part in a cleanup of Lake Audobon. A laudable effort, which also gives us the perfect excuse to run this list of items retrieved from Reston's varied and increasingly exfoliated waterways during the massive, eight-site Potomac Watershed Cleanup earlier this spring:

  • hub caps
  • basketball shorts sized XXXXXL
  • hula hoop
  • glass plates
  • a doll leg
  • 4 shopping carts
  • rubber boots
  • a gutter
  • mattresses and box springs
  • car parts
  • sunglasses
  • cell phones
  • CD player
  • trash can lid
  • 3 paint cans
  • smashed tennis racket
  • real estate signs
  • wheel barrow
  • Book of Mormon
  • bag of empty prescription bottles
  • a ball from the McDonald’s play pit.
Wow. We wonder if the Book of Mormon belonged to the guy (or gal) wearing the XXXXXL basketball shorts.

Anyhoo, more than 140 volunteers collected 180 bags of trash during the earlier cleanup. In case you're wondering about your brand-conscious neighbors, the top three brands found among the muck and debris were McDonald's, Safeway and Budweiser. Stay classy, Reston!


  1. The DC City Council recently approved the 5 cent tax on plastic bags to pay for the cleanup of the Anacostia River and to discourage the use of these bags, which frequently end up fouling up our rivers and streams. Fairfax County should adopt such a policy as well.

  2. Better yet, let's tax them .10 each and give the extra .05 to the Imperial Reston Association to use towards whatever the "killing greenspace" project of the moment is. Just kidding, the last thing I want is more money going to irresponsible people. There's enough of that with my federal and state taxes.

  3. In case anyone is missing that Book of Mormon, there always seem to be a few missionaries hassling^H^H^H^H converting people in the parking lot of the Hunters Woods Safeway. I'm sure you can get a spare from them.

  4. The Convict in Gulag 4June 17, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    They should be ashamed of themselves for doing this. Don't they know that they're ruining the habitat for Oscar the Grouch? Even Oscar deserves some lake frontage.


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