2006-10-04 Big Sweep, Sharks Tooth Island, on the White Oak River and the Intra Coastal Waterway at the Waterfronts of Swansboro and Cedar Point, Noth Carolina
We circled Sharks Tooth Island and got it clean for the first time in years. We had it clean in 2001.
Subsequent hurricanes are responsible for the “Construction and Demolition” materials.
The public is responsible for the rest of the trash and litter. This is the fourth time we have tried to
clean up this small island this year. Seniors from Swansboro High School helped us once and Boy Scouts
from Hubert another time.
Left to right: Ken Jobe from Beaufort, Will Stanley from Bear Creek, Julia Miner from Araphoe, Jim Morris from Morehead, and Ed Gruca from Emerald Isle and to whom we say thanks for this panorama of Swansboro and Cedar Point waterfronts and most of these pictures.
Scroll across for a panorama of Swansboro.
This was our view from Sharkstooth Island as we enjoyed our lunch on the ICW.
Elmer Eddy of Swansboro with his trash barge.
Jim Morris always seems to wind up with the big stuff! Will Stanley on the left.
Our third load of trash! We unloaded five or six times
Winds and high tides deposit the trash way back from the shore line.
Ken on the left and Will on the right.
Gloves are a good idea! Ken Jobe found this!
We released it. Yes, it is a black widow spider who was in a pile of broken timbers.
Ouch! That is a nettle with porcupine like quills.
See the nails in those boards. Is this how we want to
greet our tourists and their children? Stepping on the these and broken
glass can spoil their vacation. They could play “kick the can” all over!
There is a lot of this stuff on Sugarloaf Island, Morehead City’s Park.
We had it cleaned up once with the help of the Marines from Cherry Point.
Who is going to do it this time? Is Big Sweep going to get it?
There is a large illegal landfill dump on cemetery property on the shore of
The Newport River off Crab Point Loop Road. We cannot remove this dump.
We have been unsuccessful in getting Carteret County to do it.
It is a health hazard and a fire hazard and a turn off for tourists using this
access on the Newport River which is the only one on the Newport River
between Morehead and Newport. Can you imagine this on Bogue Sound?
It is ok though on the Newport River!
Will tows another catch!
Thank you Don Redfearn of the Town of Cedar Point. He
hauled our trash away for us. There are still a few very large timbers
on the island which were above and beyond our ability to move them.
We need to call in the Marines again or Riverines! Otherwise it will stay there forever.
This effort was on Behalf of Big Sweep. This is exactly what needs to be
done on Sugarloaf Island, a City Park in Morehead City Harbor, and on
Brandt Island across the water and on Shackleford Banks and Taylors
Creek We know of no plans for this for Big Sweep this year and this is a
crying shame. The public needs to get with Big Sweep and
CLEAN UP ALL AREAS EVERYWHERE! Or we could use our Tourism Dollars to do it.
Big Sweep 2006 is right now progress. Please pick up wherever you are now. Report what you or your group does and we will report it to Big Sweep for you if you wish.
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
101 River Reach Drive West,
Swansboro, NC. 28584
“IF NO ONE LITTERS, THERE WILL BE NO LITTER”