On a warm Saturday morning in May, our Waterfront Law Property Team mustered a large crew at Beach Garden Park, consisting of eleven Pender & Coward attorneys, employees, and family, all of whom volunteered to join with our friends at Lynnhaven River Now, to remove from Little Neck Creek in Virginia Beach a toilet, two bicycles, a shopping cart and hundreds of pounds of trash.

As with any waterway, trash spoils the look of this creek and it also “harms physical habitats, transports chemical pollutants, threatens aquatic life, and interferes with human uses of” the creek.  “Of all trash, plastic trash has the greatest potential to harm the environment, wildlife and humans.”  (Quoted passages from EPA website.)  Plastic beverage containers, and styrofoam food and beverage containers, made up about two-thirds of the trash that we pulled out of Little Neck Creek.

Waterfront Property Law Attorney Jim Lang led the effort, along with Family Law/Estate Law/Criminal Defense Attorney Andy Shilling, Family Law Paralegal Christine Buchanan, Financial Services Director Chandra Snyder, Accounting Specialist Octavia Hirons, Administrative Assistant Nykia Beckett, plus family members.  At times, Family Law/Estate Law/Criminal Defense Attorney Andy Shilling and Waterfront Property Law Attorney Jim Lang waded out into the water to grab plastic and styrofoam trash that was unreachable from shore.

Removing Trash From Creek in Virginia Beach

Jim Lang Pulling Trash From Little Neck Creek

Financial Services Director Chandra Snyder and Husband Martin, with Martin going “over the rail” to get plastic and styrofoam trash out of the creek.

Financial Services Director Chandra Snyder and Husband Martin Removing Trash From Little Neck Creek