This Tuesday we will continue our BATTLE AGAINST ALLIGATORWEED on Southwest Creek. We will meet at 9:30 in the Food Lion parking lot on Rte 17 south across from the Main Gate to the Air Base. We plan to be off the water by three.
We will duplicate the trip we made last Friday. We hope to be able to declare the main channel
cleared of all ALLIGATORWEED up to the rail road bridge.
We can do it with your help. Thanks, Elmer
Our report and pictures of last Friday’s paddle are below.
2009-01-23 Southwest Creek, Camp Lejeune, NC
Here are our pictures from today. They are mostly before and after
pictures. We put in at the lower concrete barrier and ate lunch at the
second concrete barrier. We made it all the way to the RR bridge. No
pictures were taken on many small masses.Sorry we have no GPS markings.
I guess I will have to buy one.
Two of us took one side of the river and two the other side. It was a
long way before we saw any alligatorweed. Every bit we moved moved
easily as it had been moved previously. We paddled around the bridge
and the found alligatorweed is building up heavily there. We took a picture.
We also paddled a way down and back on the smaller channel going off to
the right just below the bridge.
This is heavily infested with alligator weed which will have to be
removed from whatever is holding it up.The current in this side stream
is slower. The stream is narrower.
The obstructions are numerous and mostly blown down trees extending
almost across the entire channel. The largest and worst offenders were
in trees blown down and laying strait out from the bank into the river.
Obviously these trees should be removed. This in itself would get most
of the alligator weed flowing down to salt water.
We checked the content of the orange mesh bag right across from our
put-in. Alligatorweed in it appeared to still have life. We moved it
downstream left side to the next point and added another bag taken from
upstream. We will check them next trip.
We found only two crab pot floats we had placed on masses of alligator
weed. These were left upon the bank about six inches above current water
levels The masses they were floating on are gone!
We had as great day. We believe firmly we are winning the battle. Too
bad we did not have twenty people!
When Ed gets the pictures back to me ready to go on the web I will
explain each one. Elmer
Ed now has everything back to me. This is the first alligatorweed we saw.
it was a long way up from the put-in. Sorry, the after picture is missing.
Please believe me the areas was left clean and that little mass was floating
away down stream.
This is the first crab pot we found. We had placed it on a mass of alligatorweed
on a previous trip. The alligator weed has gone. The crab pot is about six inches
above the previous water level. We presume the alligatorweed got enough
salt water treatment even way up here to succumb and begone never to
reproduce again. What could be nicer?
Here is another before picture. Again the after picture is missing. I have it
but it is not on this post to the web site. Sorry.
Maybe that is it floating downstream to its death.
Here is another one and this is after we had cleared most of it. The before
picture is missing. I have it.
Here you can see the same obstructions you saw in the previous picture
without the alligatorweed trapped by them. What you see floating is from
another mass hung upstream which we released.
Another released mass on its way to certain death. None of it will ever sprout
and grow again.
Look at this mess hung up by these little branches. We got it all loose but
this coming Tuesday we will have our electric reciprocating saw with us and
will remove all these small branches so nothing will get hung up here again.
Here we are already almost up to the Atlantic Coastal Railway bridge. Look at
that single branch holding up alligatorweed. We will remove that branch
Tuesday. Larry Jones is working on another batch hung up just upstream
Here we are at the upstream side of the railroad bridge. This is where John
Althouse of the Jacksonville Daily News took his video of the alligatorweed
hung up here by the bridge pilings and the old pilings from the old bridge
which were cut off at water level and left in the center between the new
pilings. These old pilings need to be cut off two to three feet below the
surface or they will forever be creating a huge nursery for alligatorweed
to grow and prosper here.
Please notice the two large logs also hung up by the bridge. on a previous trip
we worked all day to remove all alligatorweed from this bridge. What you see
here has come downstream and was unable to get though the bridge. Without
the bridge and the submerged old pilings it probably would have already made
it to its demise in salt water.
This is a “before” picture. At those for upright limbs previously shown.
We are now leaving the main channel and heading down a smaller channel
which takes off to the right just below the bridge. We have not been in here
before. Notice the obstruction and the alligatorweed. The obstruction should
Another mass along the marsh grass hung up by that stick and probably an
eddy in the channel.
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Look at this mess. This is a perfect nursery for alligatorweed to grow and prosper.
This is a view downstream on this side channel. We will be clearing this as
soon as we get the main channel completely cleared. We are going to need a
lot more bodies to help us here.
We need you fishermen to come and help us. Just bring a rake and take a
little time off fishing to come and help move the messy masses downstream
to its death. It will take over the entire surface of this waterway if we don’t.