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
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
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, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”