2008-02-20 Trent River, Jones County, NC, from Wilcox bridge, on Middle Road, 6.3 miles downstream

Next week Tuesday, the 26th we meet at The Quaker Neck Country Club on Oak Grove Road and paddle down to Pollocksville. Join us if you can.

The following pictures were taken by Jim Dunn and Joanne Somerday and prepared for the web site by Ed Gruca.

The group picture is missing as I accidentally deleted it. Ed will restore it.

L/R Ronnie Dail, Jones County Water Dept., Larry Meadows, former Jones County Manager, supervising the clearing of the fallen trees under the Grant. Joanne Somerday of River Bend, Jim Niedermeyer of Hubert, Larry Ausley of Raleigh, Jimmy Frank of Jones County, Cal Hansen of New Bern, Elmer Eddy of Swansboro, Tom Fineco of River Bend,Julia Miner of Arapahoe, Paula Urban of New Bern, Brian Leavy of /Rochester, NY, Jennine Dunn of Jacksonville, Dale Weston of Jacksonville and Hugh Passingham of Maple Hill.

For a slide show by Larry Ausley see: http://picasaweb.google.com/lausley/TrentRiver2_08

The following pictures and Larry’s above clearly demonstrate that the 15 foot clearance is not good as it creates huge strainers and introduces hazardous conditions. USGA Gauge at Chiquapin Chapel Road bridge was 3.3 feet. We got a good rain and the river rose over three feet. Then we got a second rain and the river went to 9.3 feet which is where it is now leveling off. It will rise again even more and these trees left lying across the river cause nothing but trouble and should be cut back to the natural bank with out disturbing the bank. We hope the folks providing these Grants will allow this to be done in the future. If not, they then need to provide maintenance money so the river can be cleared after each fresh flush of water.

Here we are started downstream. See that ugly tree on the right. When
they started clearing the river of fallen trees that tree was six feet above the
water. When the water rises another six feet, which it will, it will become a
serious hazard and create a strainer too. Those who supply Grant money to
clear rivers of fallen trees should allow trees like this to be removed to the
bank without disturbing the bank.

This is Jim and Elmer going back upstream to see what is holding up the
rest of the group.

This is Larry Ausley. We could do without that brush on the right, but we can live
with it if it does not create a strainer blocking the river again.

Here are Larry A. and Tom in our first serious strainer. It should be removed.
The 15 foot clearance is gone!

Our happy paddler, Cal Hansen, who conducts the Salt Water Adventure
Paddle around Croatan Forest every year. He is leading another group to
do the Suwanee River in a few weeks.
Larry A. and Tom still struggling with the same strainer.

Larry is free at last. See his milk crate trash bucket. That is Joanne behind

Julia leading the pack as usual.
Happy paddler, Cal again.
Paula going with the flow. You really didn’t have to paddle at all.
Larry Meadows, left, Frank Wiggins, center and Jennine right. Why is their
motor out of the water?
Joanne cleaning up the trash collected in another strainer. These strainers like
like this are an unnecessary evil. The river would be better off without them.

Tom in another strainer.

Who is that in that mess. Why it is Julia getting out trash collected in this
We are not trash hunting! We are trying to get down river. This was a
severe blockage.
Yes, Larry A. is in his kayak in the strainer.
Always happy Dale in his single Old Town.
Hugh going with the flow.
Brian left and Cal right at lunch stop.
Jim and Jennine in their canoe.
Here they are again heading downstream. That is Elmer and Jim over there
on the right to get trash.

Lovely palmettos. At one place the entire very high bank was solid with them.
Sorry we did not get a picture of them.

How do you like this mess? Please Grant providers write your Grants so this
will not exist!
Julia being assisted by Larry M. and Hugh at the take-out.
Back to get our cars.
The day’s haul. This is unnecessary folks. Please do not litter. The majority
of this comes from people throwing their personal trash off the bridges. We
hope our leaders will erect signs on bridges and surveillance cameras and
catch the culprits and have them assigned to pick up litter along our highways
for 100 hours. A few convictions like this will bring this practice to a halt.
A closer view. Disgusting, isn’t it.!!!!!
Ronnie with it all loaded. Last week he said it weighed 380 pounds.
Can you believe this? Paula backed out all the way from the river to here and
then turned too soon before getting on the highway.
Hugh, with his Dodge 2500 four wheel drive and a strong rope eased her
right out of there and she and her car are as good as new. .

We had a great time and lots of fun and we left this beautiful river trash free
as it should always be.

Join us next week if you can.

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