2008-09-17 Northeast Creek &Frenchmans Creek Camp Lejeune, NC

2008-09-17 Northeast & Frenchmans Creeks,Camp Lejeune,NC
2008-09-17 Northeast & Frenchmans Creeks, Camp Lejeune, NC

This picture was taken at Tarawa Terrace Boat Ramp which is where we launched our canoes and kayaks. It shows how those

using this ramp clean out their boats and throw trash into the brush. This makes it exceedingly hard for us to retrieve it!

We have installed our sign here and hope this may stop this disgusting practice. This sign was provided to us
by LL Bean and American Canoe Association in recognition of our efforts to keep our waterways free of
trash and litter.
This is on the other side of the approach to the ramp. See the trash in the briers!
More of the same..

That is Dick J. Pol from Leiden, Holland on the left, a visiting tourist. Next is Scott Brown from

Morehead City, Dale Weston from Jacksonville,and Jim Neidermeyer from Hubert. The three

of them picked up all this trash right here at the ramp before we ever launched our boats.

They did this while Dale and I were setting up the shuttle vehicle at Scales Creek.

This is Christopher Smith of a Wounded Warrior Battalion. He and his wife and child reside at
Tarawa Terrace. He is from China Grove, NC. We were astounded to have him walk up to us out
of the forest wilderness which exists right here in the center of Jacksonville. We had stopped here
for lunch as this stream Frenchmans Creek, was blocked from further progress upstream due to
blown down trees which need to be removed as this stream is navigable much further upstream
without them.

The group again with Christopher with us.He made our lunch stop most interesting and enjoyable
listening to his experiences he encountered in Iraq. He was wounded on two different occasions.

Another marine, his wife and dog using a throw net for a some shrimp for dinner.

A picnic table as we entered Scales Creek. We had seen this on two

earlier paddles here and thought it had washed down Scales Creek. It was

partly in the water then. It is now painted and obviously being used.

The group again with the new trash added to the old pile from last week at the Park on Scales Creek.

A most enjoyable day on the water made more so by both Christopher and DJ. We left
these lovely waters cleared of all trash and litter except for a few more tires which we could
not carry as we were loaded. What a story for DJ to take back to Holland!

We reported last weeks pick up to Lisa Grant, Director of Keep Onslow Beautiful. We will
report this weeks collection also.

America, please stop littering!

Paddling the shoreline here across from Paradise Point and Paradise Golf Course is beautiful
mad more so by the frequent high steep banks and the grotesque shapes of he uprooted and
fallen trees.

The abundant numbers of a large variety of birds adds to the pleasure. Shrimp and schools
of fish are every where. One shrimp actually jumped right into our canoe.

As we paddled upstream in Frenchmans Creek the water became discolored from storm water
run off of the construction areas of all the new housing in Tarawa Terrace. On the way home
we drove through part of the construction area. The finished projects are beautiful and sodded.
They have also constructed large retention ponds which will presumably prevent the run off
from reaching Fenchmans Creek.

These retention ponds will also retain the trash too! Won’t that make an ugly site!

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

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2008-09-08, this Monday, Scales Creek, Camp Lejeune, NC

2008-09-08 Scales Creek Camp Lejeune Jacksonville, NC

This lovely, little creek is right in the middle of Jacksonville, NC. Thousands ride by it every day
and don’t even know it exists. It has its origin on the grounds of Onslow Memorial Hospital.
A branch also originates in the Brynn Marr area.

The branches come together just north of Rte 24 and go under Rte 24 through large culverts.
These culverts are at the low spot in the road just west of the new bridge over 24 for the new
walking trail and just east of where the by-pass for routes 17 and 24 rejoin Rte 24.

An 8 or 10 foot high cyclone fence prevents any access to Scales Creek here and the creek is
hardly visible unless you slow way down to look for it. Scales Creek flows on down in to
Northeast Creek which in turn flows into the New River.

Today we paddled this creek. The following pictures and story will take you with us. We hope
you enjoy it. It is a beautiful stream but ignored, abused and continually trashed. We must
stop doing this now! We need the help of the City of Jacksonville to make this happen. That
is where the trash and liter is getting into this wonderful stream and turning it into an open
sewer!

This sign is the first of 100 such signs provided by LLBean through The American Canoe
Association.They have recognized our efforts to keep our waterways cleared of trash and litter.

We will be posting this sign everywhere we paddle. We always pick up all litter we
encounter as we paddle. Above our sign are two other signs. One says no diving, shallow
water and the other says. Beware of and don’t feed the alligators. We never saw any.

Meet James Joel a retired Marine. He was getting himself some shrimp.

Before the day was out he had plenty for his freezer. That is the bridge over
Florence Road in the background.
A lot of menhaden on this throw.
Here are the shrimp in his bucket after a throw or two.
This is Jim Niedermeyer up front in my canoe as we proceeded upstream.
A beautiful wilderness creek right here in middle of Jacksonville! It should be
preserved as a park and not abused and trashed as it is.

This is the end of our paddle on a small side creek. This blown tree should
be removed.

That is Scott Brown from Morehead City paddling by a pretty marsh island.

From the time when we charged $2.00 to dispose a tire.
Dale Weston on the left and Scott Brown on the right as the stream is
narrowing down.

A buck deer. No bullet wounds were visible but the odor was unpleasant!

The culverts under Rte 24. We had to walk through the forest to get here.
Blown down trees stopped us from paddling all the way.
Someone is deer hunting. See the sandy soil around the corn. This is
sediment from upstream in The City of Jacksonville due to storm water
run-off not being controlled somewhere.

This is downstream and indicates more sediment coming in to Scales Creek
from a small stream going up to Camp Knox Road where new housing is
under construction.

There is a distinct line in the water where the muddy water coming down
this small stream enters Scales Creek

And here is the trash we removed from Scales Creek today. That is only
half the balls we found. The others are in the bags. Soccer balls, soft balls,
small rubber balls, and foot balls.

A close up of some of the balls. The must be coming from school yards in
Jacksonville.

Pretty, isn’t it! 13 bags and a lot of other junk.

Two more shrimpers.

Jim tying the canoes back on.

Scott getting ready to go home.

Please, Jacksonville, do everything possible to stop the trashing of this
beautiful creek. A net across the creek before the culverts would stop in
from coming down. It would have to be tended after every rain.

You could also search for the source of this trash upstream and take steps
to stop it from being thrown in the water. Littering is illegal! It is also very
detrimental to the well being of Scales Creek. It should be clear and clean
at all times.

Elmer Eddy
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin and Stewards of Our Waterways
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!”

2008-09-08 Scales Creek Camp Lejeune Jacksonville, NC

This lovely, little creek is right in the middle of Jacksonville, NC. Thousands ride by it every day
and don’t even know it exists. It has its origin on the grounds of Onslow Memorial Hospital.
A branch also originates in the Brynn Marr area.

The branches come together just north of Rte 24 and go under Rte 24 through large culverts.
These culverts are at the low spot in the road just west of the new bridge over 24 for the new
walking trail and just east of where the by-pass for routes 17 and 24 rejoin Rte 24.

An 8 or 10 foot high cyclone fence prevents any access to Scales Creek here and the creek is
hardly visible unless you slow way down to look for it. Scales Creek flows on down in to
Northeast Creek which in turn flows into the New River.

Today we paddled this creek. The following pictures and story will take you with us. We hope
you enjoy it. It is a beautiful stream but ignored, abused and continually trashed. We must
stop doing this now! We need the help of the City of Jacksonville to make this happen. That
is where the trash and liter is getting into this wonderful stream and turning it into an open
sewer!

This sign is the first of 100 such signs provided by LLBean through The American Canoe
Association.They have recognized our efforts to keep our waterways cleared of trash and litter.

We will be posting this sign everywhere we paddle. We always pick up all litter we
encounter as we paddle. Above our sign are two other signs. One says no diving, shallow
water and the other says. Beware of and don’t feed the alligators. We never saw any.

Meet James Joel a retired Marine. He was getting himself some shrimp.

Before the day was out he had plenty for his freezer. That is the bridge over
Florence Road in the background.
A lot of menhaden on this throw.
Here are the shrimp in his bucket after a throw or two.
This is Jim Niedermeyer up front in my canoe as we proceeded upstream.
A beautiful wilderness creek right here in middle Jacksonville! It should be
preserved as a park and not abuse and trashed as it is.

This is the end of our paddle on a small side creek. This blown tree should
be removed.

That is Scott Brown from Morehead City paddling by a pretty marsh island.

From the time when we charged $2.00 to dispose a tire.
Dale Weston on the left and Scott Brown on the right as the stream is
narrowing down.

A buck deer. No bullet wounds were visible but the odor was unpleasant!

The culverts under Rte 24. We had to walk through the forest to get here.
Blown down trees stopped us from paddling all the way.
Someone is deer hunting. See the sandy soil around the corn. This is
sediment from upstream in The City of Jacksonville due to storm water
run-off not being controlled.

This is downstream an
d indicates more sediment coming in to Scales Creek
from a small stream going up to Camp Knox Road where new housing is
under construction.

There is a distinct line in the water where the muddy water coming down
this small stream enters Scales Creek

And here is the trash we removed from Scales Creek today. That is only
half the balls we found. The others are in the bags. Soccer balls, soft balls,
small rubber balls, and foot balls.

A close up of some of the balls. The must be coming from school yards in
Jacksonville.

Pretty, isn’t it!

Two more shrimpers.

Jim tying the canoes back on.

Scott getting ready to go home.

Please, Jacksonville, do everything possible to stop the trashing of this
beautiful creek. A net across the creek before the culverts would stop in
from coming down. It would have to be tended after every rain.

You could also search for the source of this trash upstream and take steps
to stop it from being thrown in the water. Littering is illegal! It is also very
detrimental to the well being of Scales Creek. It should be clear and clean
at all times.

Elmer Eddy
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin and Stewards of Our Waterways
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!”

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