We go back this Saturday to continue downstream from The Old Wooden Bridge.
We will meet at 9:00 AM at the Food Lion Parking Lot on Rte 17 south of Jacksonville
which is opposite from the Main Gate to MCAS.
In addition to floating all alligator weed off to be carried by the current to salt water
where it cannot live we picked up four bags of trash and litter in conjunction with
The Great Amercan Clean Up which is in process now. This has been reported to
Lisa Grant of Keep Onslow Beautiful.
This Saturday we will do the same. We invite everyone to join us. You can move
floating alligator weed out into the current or pick up trash or just join us for the
It will be a warm sunny summer day. Come join us for a very enjoyable paddle
on this on this lovely creek. We plan to be off the water by three.
Looking at the upstream side of the The Old Wooden
Bridge being the first bridge south of Rte 17. In this
picture please notice that the alligator weed is hung up by the bridge
pilings even though they are spaced about eight feet apart. These large
large masses, which we dislodged to float down stream,.are about two
feet thick in depth and are pretty well interwoven heavy mats consisting
of underwater stems on which several new white side shoots have begun
new growth at each nodule thus rapidly increasing the both the size and
the compactness of each mat. Also, above water stems with leaves have
begun their rapid growth! The yellow stuff you see in front is pine pollen.
The same bridge with out the alligator weed after we had
assisted it to get through between the pilings to get down to salt water
where it cannot survive.
The is the area at Rte 17 bridge, a four lane highway with
dual bridges. This entire area contained the largest mass of alligator
weed on the entire creek. This huge mass has been here for years and
growing larger each year in spite of spraying and flea beetles. It is
99% gone now. We realize some that was rooted and that we did not get
pulled up will appear above the surface again with time. When it appears
we will pull it up and put it in black plastic bags and let it decompose
in the hot sun.
Southwest Creek cleared of alligatorweed.
First violet of the season at our lunch stop.
The worst strainer below the Old Wooden Bridge. We cut the
vines and the branches that were holding up the free flow of the
alligator weed. As you can see it is all gone from here now.to join the
rest to its demise in salt water..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!”