Quarry lake on The White Oak River April 19, 2005

April 19, 2005, Paddling The Quarry Lakes, The White Oak River runs through them.

The participants are: Jim Stevens and Tom Fineco of New Bern, Al Morris of Smyrna, Cal Hansen of Cedar Island, Brian Leavy of Pine Knoll Shores and Elmer Eddy of Swansboro.

These pictures tell the story, both good and bad, of our attempted cleanup of the Quarry Lakes at Belgrade-Maysville, NC. There are 9 lakes which the White River runs through. Lake # 3 is also accessible but has only one entrance. Two more lakes are not connected to the river except through under ground unknown means.

These lakes are unique and marvelous and beautiful. They provide scenery available only to those who boat here and constitute relatively unkown jewels for all to enjoy. They are deep and clean and lovely except for the man made litter deliberately discarded somewhere which ends up here. It lines the lake’s shorelines where it is left at high water levels. The rest sinks in the lakes or is flushed down the White Oak River.

Unfortunately the very worst point source of trash on the entire White Oak River Watershed exists here. We have not found it yet but we are getting close and have narrowed it down to a creek that flows into Lake # 2 at the extreme northeast corner.

From old maps we see that this creek formerly flowed into the land locked lakes. It now apparently is channeled to flow into lake #2. That is where we picked up 80% of the pictured trash including the balls and pails, and the swimming pool and The Daily News newspaper box. (see USGA map 1 km SE of Maysville, NC 7/1/1994)

What we picked up was right at the mouth of this creek. We could look up stream and see volumes of trash along both shores. It is not accessible to us in our canoes a kayaks.

New Paddle, Frday, April 22, 2005

On this Friday April 22nd we will return to the White Oak River and put in at The White Oak Family Camp Ground at Highway 17 and paddle down to Haywood Landing. We will meet at 9:00 for those who can leave their cars at Haywood for the shuttle. (please e-mail if you can do this). The rest will meet at the camp ground at 9:30.

We will paddle quickly through the lakes picking up only what we missed along the western shore lines. We will not stop and get out of our boats as we will never get to Haywood Landing if we do. We anticipate getting there at three.

We now ask the citizens of Maysville to find and pinpoint the source of this trash and to use every means possible to get it stopped. We also ask the authorities of Maysville and Jones County to do all they can to stop this dumping ot trash in our White Oak River Watershed.

Jones County and NCDENR financed a Grant to clear a navigable channel from the Big Cypress trees near the headwaters to Haywood Landing. We are now trying to make it free of trash and litter too. This will open a clear paddle trail over 40 miles long all the way to Bogue Inlet. This will be a great tourist attraction for America’s fastest growing sport. Let’s give them a litter free trail to paddle, not dump sites for their lunch stops!.

This is Spring Cleanup time, the ideal time to get this done. Everyone, please help us to make the White Oak River Watershed litter free as it should always be.

You are welcome to join us anytime.

Please also help us to get House Bill 1125 passed. It has the words “I will not litter” appearing above the signature of all licensed driver’s on their license. It is the hands of The Transportation Committee now. The chairs are: Reps Lucy Allen, Becky Carney, Cary Allred and Bonner Stiller. Please contact them and urge them to support this bill. People are driving to bridges over rivers and dumping their trash.This bill should make them think twice before doing this with $1,000. fines for littering or many hours of community service of picking up litter on our roads as an alternative! Elmer
The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
please visit our web site: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/ phone 910-389-4588


Cowhorn and New River, April 9, 2005

More pictures of what we saw , experienced and encountered on this lovely new seveteen mile long Paddle Trail. This is on the first Section only, our most favorite and enjoyable.

#359, violets come out in the spring
#1358, this horned monster will soon fall and be blocking Cowhorn Creek
lunch time on the NEW
A lovely green, mossy bank almost vertical and very striking and intriguing
Other things also come out in the early spring. He never moved. He was absorbing the sunlight.
Disembarkation at McAllister Landing.


Paddling Cowhorn Creek and The New River, April 9, 2005

Paddling April 9, 2005, Cowhorn Creek and The New River. Pic #357 is of the vlounteers at the launching.

On this day we joined The New River Foundation to help clean up part of the New Onslow County Paddle Trail being Section #1 from Steed’s Park launching site at Cowhorn Creek on Cowhorn Road, State Road #1311 to McAllister Landing at Rhodestown Road, State Road # 1316.This trip was lead by Brian Wheat.

Some came equipped with chain saws and removed the few new blown down trees. The rest of us picked up trash.

See pic # 363. These are not trash. These are expensive balls. The source must be Richland schools!

# 365. Now this is trash! The majority of it was trapped by “strainers” in the New River. What isn’t caught by strainers floats on down to the Jacksonville waterfront or sinks to remain forever on the bottom of the New River.

To be blunt about it, Richlands is dumping on Jacksonville and trashing the upper New River Basin!

Richlands, Onslow County, NCDOT and Jacksonville need to face this problem. Unless they jointly address this situation and find some means to stop the deliberate dumping of trash off bridges we will forever have a trashy river.

The river was excellent. It was full with good water with a strong flow. Paddling conditions could not have been finer. We shot over beaver dams with the thrill of a little white water rapids paddling.The new growth of plants and flowers and new leaves on the trees were absolutely beautiful. More pictures are on our web site.

This Monday we join the Crystal Coast Canoe & Kayak Club to paddle Smyrna Creek near Smyrna. Details are on our web site. Elmer

Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
Please visit our web site: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/ 910-389-4588


A bill to add “I will not litter” to our drivers licenses

Please do all you can to obtain support and co-sponsors for this bill, today, Clean Water Lobby Day.

This is what our Onslow County Commissioners unanimously passed in a resolution last year. This is a Statewide problem and needs Statewide support.

Rep. Robert Grady e-mailed me yesterday: “The bill will be “read in” tomorrow, April 6. Members may sign to be co-sponsors April 6, up until 30 minutes after session. Session is at 1 PM”.

Road Runner shut me down yesterday for sending too many messages and probably will do so again today so, we need your help badly.

This is our very best opportunity to curtail litter at the source. Please make it happen. “If no one litters there will be no litter”. Elmer

Original Message —– From: “Rep. Robert Grady” <Robertg@ncleg.net> To: <elmer@whiteoakstewards.org> Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2005 5:29 PM
Subject: FW: House Calendar 4-6-05. Open the calendar and see Introduced Bills. It is HB 1125. It will be read in and assigned to a committee tomorrow. —–Original Message—– From: Susanna Purdy (HPC’s Office) Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2005 5:12 PM
To: @All Exchange Users
Subject: House Calendar 4-6-05. The House Calendar has been posted to the NCGA Intranethttp://www.ncleg.net/Calendars/CurrentCalendars/CurrentHouseCalendar.pdf


Paddling, April 7, 2005, Southwest Prong New Port River

Paddling Thursday, April 7, 2005, Southwest Prong of The Newport River

This is part of the new Paddle Trails recently cleared of blown down trees by the Commissioners of Carteret County.

We will meet the put-in at 9:00 AM at the bridge over the Southwest Prong on Highway #1124, being Nine Mile Road. This is just few hundred yards north of the intersection with Roberts Road # 1140. We will unload our boats and gear here and drive all vehicles to the take-out at the Wildlife Ramp on Old Route 70 in Newport. We will return in the shuttle vehicles to the put-in. We should be off the river by 3:00.

Paul Ferguson, Author of “Paddling Eastern North Carolina” is speaking to the Crystal Coast Canoe & Kayak Club at 7:00PM on Wednesday, the 6th, at The Bryant Student Center at Carteret County Community College. All are invited.

Paul will be paddling with us on this trip and gathering the information necessary to include this new paddle trail as an addendum to his book. All are invited to join us. We will be picking up all trash but we expect very little if any, because we recently cleaned it and because, “If no one litters there will be no litter”. No one is obligated to pick up any if they are not so inclined. Elmer

Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of the White Oak River Basin cell phone 910-389-4588——————————————————————————————————————————–