This is a report of our paddle today.
There is a commercial ferry on the Morehead City waterfront which will take you over to it. You will land at a floating dock at the end of a long pier out to deep water. This pier will take you to trails on the island one of which will cross the island over to Bogue Sound and sandy beaches and a beautiful view across Bogue Sound to Brandt Island, the spoils island, and Fort Macon State Park and Atlantic Beach and the high rise bridge over to Atlantic Beach.
We put our canoes and kayaks in at the foot of 11th Street. Morehead City is doing a fine job of making parking places available for this natural
access to Bogue Sound.
This huge tire is outside the marsh grasses toward the western end of this lovely island. Stewards of The White Oak River Basin were picking up all litter and trash. When we went over to the island it was not visible due to high tide. When we came back this is what we found.
It is a hazard to navigation at high tide . It should be removed unless Morehead City wants to make it a permanent marker to trash in our waterways, in which case they should erect high posts with reflective paint all around it so boaters can avoid it.
Tourism could plead, “Please don’t trash our waters like this. Please stop littering. Don’t discard anything in our waters. Not your beer cans, not your drink containers, not your lunch plastic containers. (You can have beer cans on your boats without being prosecuted. It is not like driving a car! Please secure them. Don’t throw them over board.”
Jeanie Kraus with a bag of litter on her kayak.
Rubber Ducky is smiling now. His marsh home is cleaned of trash.
First pile on Western end
Some views of Morehead City harbor and waterfront from Sugarloaf Island.
A hang glider. Allison said this was her neighbor.
We visited this island back in 2004 before it was a Morehead City Park. We made several trips to clear the island of all trash. We could not do it. The Marines of Cherry Point joined us and we got it done. It was all piled up on the island. Morehead City obtained a barge to load it all on and get it to the mainland. Unfortunately the barge had to leave before the job was done.
Consequently some of these huge piles were left on the island. They are dispersed now to some extent but the point is that every bit of man made litter should be removed from this wonderful island. If this is not done the next hurricane will do it for us and probably cause extensive damage to property along the Morehead City waterfront.
Captain Ed of Portside Marina voluntarily picked up everything we were able to transport to the shore or dock where he could get it. There are volumes of “C & D” material left on this island. This is heavy timbers and poles. It has nails and screws in it. It is heavy. We cannot handle it. We hope Morehead City will see to it that it is removed from this island and City Park.
There were only five volunteers on this trip. All we could do is from the western tip on the harbor side to the new dock.
The trash was that heavy.
They were Jeannie Kraus of Beaufort and her friend Allison, Ed Gruca of Emerald Isle, Jim Niedermeyer of Hubert and Elmer Eddy of Swansboro.
Not a speck of man made litter should remain on this beautiful island which is now a Morehead City Park
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!”