NEW RIVER CLEAN UP ON JULY 2, 2004 & NEW PADDLE ON JULY 7, 2004
Three of us, Bob Quinn, Brian Wheat and Elmer Eddy put in at the Marine Air Station ramp and cleaned up the shore line from Ragged Point south for two miles. We filled 11 bags and picked up a tire mounted on rim and a very large wide, upholstered boat seat.
This shoreline is fascinating. Driftwood abounds mixed with trees under cut and dropped from the high bluffs by storms. Nature is rebuilding all with new pine trees and bushes and grass.
The shore is very sandy except for a band of exposed blue clay in places. A wide gently sloping shelf maintains shallow water way out from shore. It all makes for a fascinating, interesting and pictureresque shoreline.
This year, before and during October 2, 2004, Big Sweep Day, we hope to have visited and cleaned every foot of shore line on the New River on both sides all the way to the ocean.
We cannot have a restored and clean New River with trash like we encountered today lining the shores.
We actually have two goals: #1. Remove all trash and litter including C& D material which is pieces of lumber such 2 x 4s and plywood. This often has nails and screws protruding which is very hazardous stuff to leave on a beach.
Goal #2. Prevention of all future littering by having everyone sign up in their places of business, their churches, their clubs etc that “I will not litter”. Our County Commissioners have lead the way for us in this endeavor and all of us should follow their lead.
To accomplish these goals we need the help of the general public and all personnel on Camp Lejeune.
We need the cooperation of The New River Round Table, Keep Onslow Beautiful, The New River Foundation and all others to come on board to get this done working together. .
Camp Lejeune schedules their own clean ups to fit into their own activities as time permits.
We need all clean ups reported and highlighted on maps for all to see so that we do not duplicate our efforts and waste valuable manpower.
Marines are always welcome to join us on their own time . We usually have extra canoes and kayaks for their use.
Most of this shore area is on Camp Lejuene land. We need to know where we can go and where we cannot go and when.
We also need to know every place we can have access to the water.
We also need to have permission to get our volunteers onto the base to get to the water access points with our vehicles and canoes and kayaks. .
One of our many pleasures we enjoy on these trips is the exploration of new waters. Between The New River and the ICW waters we have over 100 miles of new waters to explore whenever we can. Every trip is a new adventure!
In the meantime, our next paddle is scheduled for July 7th, Wednesday, in Bogue Sound on the island underneath the Emerald Isle Bridge. We will meet at the foot of the street that takes off of Route 24 just east of the junction of 58. Turn off between Mc Donald’s and the Subway and go to the end. We meet at 9:00 and we plan to be off the water at 3:00 and hope to leave this big island clean. It took us several trips last year. We do not expect much this year.
Please come and join us. A motor boat or two to get the stuff to the mainland would be great.
All out of town CCCKC members are invited to our house to shower. We can go out and get Chinese food, or what ever, like you did last time. Elmer