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Large Trash Sites 2016

large trash sites

Large Trash Sites 2016 – Hughes, Robinson and Rapidan Rivers

This summer StreamSweepers (Central Virginia, USA) have uncovered over 25 sites with trash too large to be floated out on our canoes in the three rivers we cleaned (Hughes, Rapidan and Robinson Rivers). We are going to need to hire contractors with heavy equipment to remove these items. This additional expense was not included in our budget. Our Sweepers did a great job this summer and they really don’t like leaving anything behind.

Please consider a donation to fund the removal of these large items – culverts, extra heavy tires, diesel storage tank, dangerous metal objects and more. We estimate the total cost to remove these items to be $20,000 with $10,000 of this amount provided through pro-bono (match) services by our contractors.

You can make a general donation, or you can “Adopt” a specific site by clicking and donating from that image or by using the secure donation link below. Some of this stuff has been in our rivers for decades, rusting, and leaking oil and other substances. It’s time to get it out. Thanks for making our rivers safe for our friends, family members, visitors, and of course wildlife.

Hughes River Sites

Bed Frame – $1000 Removal Fee

Bed frame

Large Pile of Rusted Metal -$1000 Removal Fee

pile of metal item 18

Robinson River Sites

850 Pound Tire – $1000 Removal Fee

Robinson River 850 pound tire

Large Metal Object – $2000 Removal Fee

large metal round item 16

Large Pile of Heavy Metal Fencing – $2000 Removal Fee


Storage Tank – $2000 Removal Fee


Extra Heavy Wood Fence with Metal Hinges - $2000 Removal Fee


5 Locations of Rusted Metal Culverts – $2000 Removal Fee

Rusted Metal Culverts

Diesel Storage Tank – $2000 Removal Fee

diesel storage tank

Large Appliance – $1000 Removal Fee

large appliance

Rapidan River Sites

900 Pound Tire – $1000 Removal Fee

 900 pound tire

Extra Large Culvert – $2000 Removal Fee

extra large culver

Metal I Beams – $1000 Removal Fee

Metal I Beams

“Adopt A Pile” of River Junk Getting Ready to Launch

Ahyayha’s Sister Program, StreamSweepers, has completed cleaning (first time and follow-up) of 120 miles of rivers in Central Virginia this year. Here’s the problem – there are 28 piles of junk in the beds and banks left to be removed. They are either too large or too awkward to be floated out in our boats.  The only way to get them out is with the help of local heavy equipment contractors – and we did not budget that for our 2016 season.

These sites are shown in the image below.

large trash sitesThese junk piles contain oil tanks, tires, appliances, all sorts of stuff that isn’t smart to have in the water we eventually consume for drinking and bathing. Soon working through our online merchant Partner, Flipcause, we will attempt to raise the funds to pay for removal of each of these piles through a 30 day quasi-crowdfunding effort.

We hope ahyayha and StreamSweeper Supporters will consider Adopting a Pile! If you like, we’ll name it for you or a loved one…or how about a pet? Stay tuned we hope to launch this project sometime next week.

StreamSweepers 2014 Celebration and Fundraiser at Historic Rapidan Mill

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