2009-03-17, this Tuesday, Southwest Creek, Camp Lejeune, NC

We are going again on St Patrick’s Day, This Tuesday if you want to join us. Elmer

2009-03-11 Southwest Creek, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

We are trying to eradicate the invasive foriegn Alligatorweed.

We had a great day on the water today. It was a beautiful warm early spring day and most
enjoyable just to be out there. We were able to dislodge tons of alligator weed and get it floating
down stream toward salt water where it cannot survive.

That is Jim Niedermeyer of Hubert up front and Elmer Eddy of Swansboro in the rear. Ed Gruca
of Emerald Isle took all these pictures. Thank you, Ed.

Here we are under the former Atlantic Coast Railroad Bridge where we launched our boats. This
opening is the only one opening under the bridge for us to get though to go up stream. They all are
blocked as usual with solid mats of floating alligatorweed which has come downstream and held
up here. Even this one has alligator weed from the shore to the bridge as soon as you get through.

See the tops of those four old pilings on the right. They are what restricts the free flow of the river.
In all the other openings they are in the center of the opening which makes it worse.

We hope to get these old pilings removed or cut off two to three feet below the surface so the floating
alligator weed can move freely through with the current. These man made obstructions should not be here.

This picture is below the bridge. Clean as a whistle as it should always be.
In fact the entire river should be this way! We hope to make it that way.

This ruler measures the diameter of the post. It is 11 inches.

There are four of them in each opening.

Here you can look through the pilings and see the alligatorweed hung up by the bridge.
Those three small posts on the left should be removed too.

These fishermen came by where we ate lunch at Old Range Road.

They had a nice companion.

Godzilla the Great Alligator was not visible today.That is his sunning area on the left.
Please notice how pretty and clean the area is with out alligatorweed.

Another gator spot upstream
Alligatorweed collected behind fallen tree. A lot of this has been here for years and has
become well rooted which makes it more difficult to get loose and floating. We
cut this tree down and removed many of the branches which were holding the large
mass of weed here. We believe this is the last of the very bad accumulaltion of
alligatorweeds in any one spot in the main channel.

Alligatorweed loosened and set downstream from above jam.

More of the same. Some of it gets hung up again. It is very easy to move out into
the current again. A good long steady rain raises the water level and flushes it downstream
fast in the stronger current.

Aquatic grasses are beginning to grow and flourish in the warmer temps. Notice the long
white shoots already growing at the nodules of the green stems of alligatorweed.

Trash at our lunch spot. This is a huge metal drum.

This is what appears to be some type of tank vehicle. Too much for us to handle.
Old Range Road is right behind this and is accessable by truck. We hope Camp Lejeune
will remove it. It is on the other side of the river from the Air Base.

Looking ahead,when hopefully we will encounter only small pieces of alligatorweed,
we gathered some long rooted stems with new growth appearing at every nodule and
put them in a black bag. We hung it on the bridge at our put-in where we launch our
boats. It is in full sun and these weeds should deteriate quickly. This is a test.

We hope by now we have convinced all those who question this all natural method of
controlling alligatorweed and that it is far superior to using chemical or imported flea beetles.

We take advantage of our winter’s kill of all growth above water level. This is the best
time to attack it. Nature does all of this for us.

We use the 24 hour a day flow of the river current to transport the floating stems and roots
down to salt water. Nature transports it for us.

As it cannot live in salt water it all disappears before it gets to Maple Landing.
Natures disposes of it for us

Isn’t this not only more effective is killing it but also far superior environmentally in
accomplishing the end result we all desire?

If you still do not believe it please come with us and see for yourselves. If you can,t do this
please check it out on your own and let us know what you think.

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