2007 White Oak River Basinwide Water Quality Plan

This picture appears on the cover of the new five year White Oak River Basinwide Water Quality Plan
dated May 2007 which just arrived. It is published by the North Carolina Department of Environment
and Natural Resources and developed by the Division of Water Quality, Planning Section, Basin Wide
Planning Unit.

We are pleased and proud that NCDENR chose above photo to appear on the cover of this publication.

This is a panoramic photo taken by Ed Gruca on our paddle on Wallace Creek on Camp Lejuene February 22, 2007.

Dale Weston appears in three frames of the panarama as he glides along.

We quote from the Executive Summary, North Carolina’s Basinwide Approach to Water Quality Management
on page #1: (It is 280 pages plus.)

“White Oak River Basin Overview”

“The White Oak River basin lies entirely within the outer coastal plain (Figure i). The name of the basin
is a bit of a misnomer in that it includes four separate river systems: the New River and its tributaries
in the southwestern section; the White Oak River and its tributaries; the Newport River and its
tributaries; and the North River in the eastern section. The basin also includes Bogue, Back and Core
Sounds as well as significant portions of the Intracoastal Waterway.”

It also includes creeks like Bear Creek, Queens Creek, Broad Creek, Gates Creek, and many more
smaller creeks emptying into the Intracoastal Waterway or our Sounds.

On page 258, section 15.1.3, Stewards of The White Oak River Basin, our own goals and accomplishments
are listed.

We feel this is a good time to make our own Five Year Plan for the entire White Oak River Basin.
(You may even find us on any river in Eastern North Carolina! We began by picking up trash as we paddled.
We became Stewards of the White Oak River. We moved up and on and became Stewards of the White Oak
River Basin. Maybe in the next five years we will become Stewards of the Waterways of Eastern North Carolina.)

No matter what the Quality of our waters are if the shorelines are covered with trash and litter and our streams are blocked by “strainers” full of trash and litter they will never appear clean and inviting.

They will be a definite turn-off to tourists. Tourism Departments: Please help us prevent this!

#1. Our ultimate goal is to encourage every citizen to stop littering. Our motto is: “If no one litters
there will be no litter”. Our beautiful land and waters nature has endowed us with deserve to be litter free!

#2. We will continue to paddle once or twice a week year round on good weather days until we have
visited ever foot of shoreline in the entire White Oak River Basin and left it clean. Please don’t let it be
your trash and litter we will be picking up. What is thrown out on our roads is flushed down into our waters.

Our leaders in our state, counties,cities and towns can make our efforts successful by encouraging our

citizens to stop littering. Enforcing our litter laws vigorously would help where needed. When we have

to go back again and again to the same place, it is very discouraging. Our leaders can and must stop

these repeat offenders. There should be a sign on every bridge facing both ways, “Do not throw anything

in this water. You will be prosecuted and fined!”.

Here is our own five year plan for everyone to help us

Stewards of the White Oak River Basin.

All of you, everyone, the general public, all you have to do is to stop littering.

Can’t you please do this simple little thing?

The rewards for all of us will be above and beyond

your imagination. Let’s just do it! Please! Thank you. Elmer

If you want to see all the pictures of, kingishers, vultures, pelicans, ospreys and read the whole story of our Wallace Creek paddle back in February please click on the following or check out “Archives”, 2007-02-24, on our Web site. Elmer

Elmer Eddy
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
101 River Reach Drive West,
Swansboro, NC. 28584
910-389-4588 e-mail: elmer@whiteoakstewards.org
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”


2007-13-07, this Wednesday, paddling somewhere

Come paddle with us this Wednesday. We anticipate w/sw winds so:

#1. We will paddle from mile 15 at Park St. in Emerald Isle to Hoop Hole Creek in Pine Knoll Shores or:

#2. If the wind is from the e/se we will reverse the above or:

#3. If the wind is from the n/nw we will paddle from Stella, NC on The White Oak River to Croatan National Forest Recreation Area in Cedar Point, NC or:

#4. If the wind is from the south and the tide is right we will put in at the high rise bridge on Route 70 at Morehead City and paddle to Crab Point Loop Road off County Club Drive on the Newport River or:

#5. The reverse of #4 is the wind is from the n/nw and the tide is right.

These trips are what we will be paddling ASAP as we paddle once or twice a week on good weather days. It is much more fun to paddle with the wind and the tide than against them. We also pick up all litter along the shoreline as we paddle so those who follow will have clean water ways to enjoy but no one is required to pick up trash if they are not so inclined. These are fun trips and we paddle for fun.

This e-mail is also being posted on our web site by Blogger. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to be please let us know and we will be happy to add you so you will receive notice so all trips. We plan to eventually paddle every foot of shoreline in The White Oak River Basin from Pender County line to the Outer Core Banks.

Final complete plans for this Wednesday will be sent to all on our lists on Tuesday. We meet at 9:00AM and set up a shuttle. We get off the water by 3:00. Thanks, Elmer


ELMER EDDY, The White Oak River Trashman






2007-06-06 Bogue Sound Cape Carteret to Mile 15 on Emerald Isle, NC.

Julia MIner of Arapahoe was the only one to show up for this trip. This was planned to paddle from Stella Bridge to Cedar Point Ramp in The Croatan Forest Recreation area in Croatan Forest on The White Oak River.

When Julia and I got to the ramp the wind was a good S/W instead of North as was anticipated so we decided to move over to Bogue Sound and go with the wind. This was a excellent decision as we had a most enjoyable easy paddling day down Bogue Sound with the wind at our back all the way.

We no sooner launched our boats at the foot of Bayshore Drive when we saw a pod of dolphins feeding off Hunting Island. By the time we paddled up to where they were they had disappeared.

We also had been watching a young man pulling his motor boat along the shoreline of Hunting Island. He was looking down in the water and every once in a while he would stoop down and pick up something and put it in a bucket. When we got up to him he told us his was clamming. He reached down and picked one up right before our eyes.

All my life I have been digging clams! I have heard about sighting them. He said these clams are coming up to feed. He said this was the east way to clam! They make a little hole in the sand when they do this. When Julia and got to the south side of the dredge spoils islands I tried this method with no luck.

So I got out my clam rake and soon had 24 clams before Julia and I continued our paddle.

We glided along the southern shore of these spoil islands. This sandy beach attracted and invited us to have lunch here.

Julia had just pulled her kayak up on the beach. The view is toward Morehead City. This is the widest part of Bogue Sound.


This is the same beach with red cedar and live oak trees just off the beach. It is a very pretty area.
It is part of Goose Creek Shoals.

This is on the north shore looking toward the mainland. The Intra Coastal Waterway runs through here.
Some kind soles removed these ghost crab pots from the water. We had to pass up a couple more along the shore.

This is looking west toward Swansboro on the north shore. You can see the Everett B. Langston high rise bridge in the background.

This looking east toward Morehead on the north shore. That is Julia picking up trash which was very light.

Julia enjoying lunch in the welcome shade.

After lunch we headed east toward our take out at Mile 15, Park Street in Emerald Isle. We past two commercial clam diggers on the way. We had seen three others earlier. Very few other boats of any kind were on the water. At times it seemed like Bogue Sound was all ours. The water was very shallow all the way. A little over knee high on the clam diggers.

As we paddle along a very high pure white roof stood out on the horizon. We headed toward it. It is next to the electric power station which is next to the red roofed high house which is at our take out at the foot of Park Street.

A sail boarder came ashore right after us. He helped us carry our boats up to the road and also to load them both into Julia’s wagon. It was a tight fit and left very little room for me. The prow of Julia’ kayak was my arm rest.

I asked the gentleman if he liked clams. It seems in loved them. I gave him a half dozen of mine and he was one happy man.

This was a most enjoyable, pleasant trip along beautiful Bogue Sound. While this is not a designated Canoe Trail on Crystal Coast Canoe & Kayak Club map entitled “WesternCarteret Co., Bogue Sound, Newport River”, Cape Carteret and Park Road are both shown on this map. You can cruise the north shore of Emerald Isle and see the beautiful homes or you can paddle close to the spoils islands or do some of each.

Elmer Eddy
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
101 River Reach Drive West,
Swansboro, NC. 28584
910-389-4588 e-mail: elmer@whiteoakstewards.org
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”


2007-06-02 Neuse River Days,New Bern, NC.

The first race was using brooms instead of paddles. Joanne Somerday and Elmer Eddy came in last!

Four in a Canoe in a Race! That is Elmer Eddy up front, Rosemary Curry behind him,then Kate Jackson. Elmer is from Swansboro and the girls are from New Bern. This was the last lap of this race.

This all began with Joanne paddling the canoe all alone. That was the first lap. Joanne came in last.

Next lap was was with two in a canoe. We were Joanne and Elmer. When the horn blew we had to change positions. Joanne attempted to spread eagle on hands and feet and Elmer tried to crawl under her. We immediately flipped and ended up in the water. Terry Rich and Becki Rich in their kayaks came to our rescue.

We all managed to get the prow of our canoe up over the prow of his kayak and slide the canoe up on it. This emptied the water out of the canoe. We could not get back into the canoe.Terry towed the canoe and Joanne back and Becki Rich towed Elmer back. Elmer was floating in the water in his life jacket on his back hanging on to the back her kayak. Thank you, Becki and Terry!

The four of us at the start line.

Elmer loading up for the fourth lap.

The girls coming back to get Elmer after the third lap. Yes we were last again.

We came in singing Row,Row, Row your boat and had a great time. Next year we hope The Crystal Coast Canoe & Kayak Club will have a boat, and Coastal Carolina Kayakers as well as the Twin Rivers Canoe Club and the Neuse River Foundation and any other group who wants to compete.

At the finish, Elmer gets a nice hug from Joanne!

Pictures courtesy of Dr. Earl Gross, President of The Crystal Coast Coast Canoe & Kayak Club.

Next week, Wednesday, we will go back to picking up litter along the shoreline which is what we do best. We will probably return to “Around Bogue Sound” from Hoop Hole Creek to Park Street at Mile 15. This looks like a long haul. Does anyone know how to shorten it? More later. Elmer

Elmer Eddy
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
101 River Reach Drive West,
Swansboro, NC. 28584
910-389-4588 e-mail: elmer@whiteoakstewards.org
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”