With time our waterways will become paved with this kind of stuff. I know all of you receiving this e-mail do not litter but we can do more to encourage others to stop littering. If we do not do this we can expect our waterways, (our playing fields), to continue to be littered by discarded trash along our highways and off our bridges as well as by boaters and fishermen and hunters.
This is a picture I took in my office just to make sure my camera was working and ready for the day’s paddling. That small milk bottle must be over 50 years old. It has three cent return by the State of North Carolina molded on the glass! The other bottle had live clams in it. You can see by the size of the shells they had grown too large to ever get out of this bottle. It was as narrow neck whiskey bottle.
We realize we have been concentrating on alligatorweed since last November 26 when we discovered large growths of it could be dislodged and allowed to float downstream to saltwater where it dies. We were elated with this discovery and we thought everyone else would be too.
below the trestle down into the kill zone today. We put in at the trestle and
immediately began freeing the floating mats of weed from what ever was holding
Due to lack of rain the current was very weak so the mats moved very slowly.
Never the less, we had them all freed down to the first concrete barrier on the
left downstream. This is the beginning of the kill zone. We ate lunch here.
After lunch a fairly strong southerly wind came up. We saw immediately this was
not the time to be trying to float the mats downstream. The combined effect of
the slow current, the strong southerly breeze and the incoming tide actually
moved the freed mats back upstream!
So, we stopped freeing the mats and paddled downstream to Maple Landing.
to see if it gets past Maple Landing. None ever has before.
The picture below shows alligatorweed beginning to deteriorate in the kill zone.
lower growing and appearing sickly. The kill zone is sure death to this very noxious,
invasive foreign weed.
If those who are opposing what we are doing had worked with us instead, there
would be no floating alligatorweed in Southwest Creek main channels today.
The rains will come, the tide and the wind will change but our opponents stick to
their old unsuccessful methods. Had their methods been successful all this growth would not
be present as it is. They seem to completely ignore the fact that if it is not there it cannot grow there!
We have already cleared from Rte 17 down to where the tides come into play. And we have escorted tons of it down into the kill zone. None of it has lived past Maple Landing!
With time and natures help we will get it all down there. With the help of those opposing us we could do it in very short order. Our trips are always open to all to join us. Motor boaters could speed up this process rapidly.
Not a single one of those opposing what we are doing has ever showed up to see what we are doing. Why?
To us Alligatorweed is just another kind if litter and trash. It is however, the very worst kind. That is why we are concentrating on it. It grows and grows and grows and doubles in mass in a very few weeks.
In the past every bit of alligatorweed left in the river has become a perfect nursery for it to grow and prosper. And believe me, it has.
Sorry, no trip planned for this week. I have personal and family matters to attend to. Don’t let this stop you.
Plan a trip to do whatever you want and wherever you want to paddle. I can get it out to all if you send it to me. 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!”