Keep America Beautiful
From The Trashman and Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
Nobody believes it but we do have fun picking up trash (litter) on our paddle trips. We joke and talk about the various and unusual things we find and what caused them to be there and why.
Shoes, dresses, pants, bras, toilet plungers, cushions, chairs, TVs, tires, balls, tennis, baseball, soft ball, soccer, basketballs, rubber balls, refrigerators, washing machines, 5 cent return milk bottles ” North Carolina Approved”, toys, sinks, ropes, garden hoses, crab pots, and of course, beer bottles, soda bottles, Styrofoam containers of all kinds, you name it and we have found it. We even found a shot up safe!
We have been doing it for over three years now.
The rivers we have paddled are cleaner. Some have remained clean. Others are being dumped on from bridges mostly and regularly! But, a lot of it is thrown out on the shoulders of our highways by the general public. Come hurricanes or heavy rains and this is washed into our rivers.
We love to paddle. It is our sport. Do you love baseball, football, soccer? Would you like trash on your playing fields? Would you like it on your front lawn?
We don’t like trash on our rivers. We remove it on our fun paddles. The ugly stuff is not there on our next trip. So, we can enjoy the true beauty of the lovely river we may be paddling..
But, we like to explore! We do not want to paddle the same river or waterway time after time. Each paddle is a new adventure. Every paddle is different and interesting and full of surprises.
We enjoy the surprise we get around the very next bend in the river. (As long as it is not a trash dump).
Millions are dumping anywhere and everywhere. Some of this is deliberate. A lot of it is simply a very bad habit we Americans have got to overcome. And, our trucks and pick up drivers have got the secure their loads.
We have tried our best to get everyone to simply pledge, “I will not litter”. Keep Onslow Beautiful and The New River Foundation and the employees and administrators of Onslow County are the only ones who have responded fully in stating, “I will not litter”.
When our businesses and their employees, our clubs and their members, and our churches and their congregations, and our students of every school and everyone else is ready to sign this pledge let us know and we will work with you.
When this comes to pass there will be no litter anywhere because no one will be dumping and no one will be littering.
In the meantime, we will continue to paddle, all year round, every river and waterway we can reach and explore it from the headwaters to the end.
Our Governor has again proclaimed three weeks in September as Clean Sweep. Big Sweep has set up their annual clean up, a different date for each County due to conflicts with other activities in each County. October 2nd and October 9th seem to be the most used dates.
Everyone, please join Big Sweep, Keep Onslow Beautiful, New River Foundation and clean up the river or roads near you.
North Carolina Coastal Federation is cleaning up Morris Landing this year.
You can participate in these activities to clean up your road or favorite river or waterway.
Big Sweep in Onslow County is October 2nd. Call 910-455-4470.
Big Sweep in Carteret County is October 9th. Call 252-222-6359
Big Sweep in Jones County is October 2nd. Call 252-448-3911
To join NCDOT in Adopt-A-Highway Program, from September 18th to October 3rd, call 910-455-3777.in Onslow County and 252-514-4716 in Carteret County and 252-527-0053 in Jones County.
Remember, the only and final answer to trash and litter is for everyone to stop it. Certainly each of us can do this simple thing for our Country.
Please keep America Beautiful!
In the meantime, Stewards of The White River Basin will be paddling for fun and picking up all trash as we go. Please join us whenever you want to have fun with us too.
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
101 River Reach Drive West
Swansboro, NC 28584 Cell phone 910-389-4588
Please visit our web site and see what we do. Click on Current events. <www.whiteoakstewards.org>