2009-10-29 Queens Creek, Hubert, NC

2009-10-29 Queens Creek, Onslow County, NC

This is a picture of the Award to Elmer Eddy & Stewards of the White Oak River Basin. This national award is presented annually to individuals or groups for
achievement in Waterway Conservation by the American Canoe Association. The recipient in the year 2000 was the entire National Park Service!

This trip today is typical of all our trips. We simlpy pick up all trash and litter as we paddle wherever we paddle and we try to paddle one day a week, at least, year round. The is what has earned us this award. We play leap frog around each other to get to the next piece of litter.

We actually have more fun taking our time to enjoy the water and the scenery and the wildlife then just straight paddling down the middle of the river.

We hope ths national recognition will enduce groups like ours to be formed nationwide to clean up our waterways.

This is our put-in on Rte 24, a four lane dual highway. That car is parked on the grassy shoulder behind the guard rails. Driving down Rte 24 you would never know Queens Creek was here.

A body was fouond floating in the creek a short time ago right here. No one could identify the name of the Creek!. They finally had to ask Sam Bland of Hammocks Beach State Park to identify the creek for them.

We are asking NCDOT to put up a sign stating Queens Creek which is one of the many important and beautiful creeks of the so called “White Oak River Basin”. We are also asking them for permission to attached our don’t litter and canoe trail sign on the same post.

That is Charlene Collins from Greensboro with her dog, Indy in their kayak.

In the center is Linda Davis of Charlotte and on the left Bill Murray of Pine Knoll Shores and Jim Niedermeyer of Hubert on the right.

This is more of the group ready to take off. Still more have already left to go downstream. We had 10 boats and 11 people.

Here we are at our lunch stop just downstream of the confluence of Youpon Creek and Queens Creek. Eric Nordeen has graciously allowed us to use his home grounds for our launch stop. In the rear are Bill Murray and

A very special lunch stop indeed at his gazebo. Doug Toltzman on the camera.

Front row L/R Jim Morris from Hubert, Elmer Eddy from Trenton, George Spleth from Wilmington. Extreme left is Tom Fineco form New Bern and in the rear are Scott Brown from Morehead City and Bill Murray.

And who is that new face front left. That is none other the Wrong Way Corrigan,
Joanne Somerday from River Bend. Yes, she was running late and put=in at Hammocks Beach and paddle uspstrem to meet us!

A happy bunch!

Joanne with trash already which she got out from under that live oak on the sandy shore.

A ghost carb pot over grown with oysters .This is on a muddy silted in bottom. Had the spat landed in the mud it never would have survived. Because it landed on this ghost crab pot silted in but partially up and out of the silt they survived and are producing more spat to grow elsewhere!

Our trash haul for the day. The two containers on the right belong to Hammocks Beach State Park. The rest is what we picked up today. Three trash bags, three 5 gallon buckets, a fishernan’s tackle box and another large trash container with a fishing pole and other miscellaneous trash in it. The trash container was empty when we found it.

Also we picked up three other ghost crab pots which Jim Morris is taking to Carolina Communtiy Coloege to be used as rabbit defense in their gardens.

It sure was good to be on the water again having fun picking up trash!

If you do not subcribe to North CarlinaaWildlife Magazine please get a copy. It contains six pages of our trip down the White Oak River in the upper reaches.

Elmer Eddy

Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
Waterway Stewards
207 Spann Road, Trenton, NC, 28585
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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2009-10-01 Souhtwest Creek, Camp Lejejne, NC

2009-10-01 Southwest Creek, Camp Lejeune, NC

This picture demonstrates how easy it is to dislodge a very large mass of alligatorweed and get it out into the current.

The clam rake was placed in the center of this mass and gently pulled out into the current where nature takes over to transport it down stream.

It took about one minute to do this.This one was so easy as it was a fresh arrival. If it were left there to grow it would become entwined around everything by its rapid growth.

Left alone it would have doubled in size in three weeks!

Don’t be misled by the open patch of water in the center. Every bit of alligatorweed you see came out into the current on that one purchase by the one clam rake. It all hung together.

The dead alligator weed you see is dead on the surface only. The stems below are alive and growing again, as whoever did this spraying used a contact only spray and not a systemic spray. This is way upstream above our lunch stop.

This mass is sure to be held up again and again on over hanging branches dipping down into to the water or on old dead cypress trees both of which should not be there to snare this floating alligatorweed and should be removed.

We go back next Tuesday, 2009-10-06. We will meet at the Food Lion parking lot at 9:00 AM opposite the main gate to the Air Base on RTE 17 south of Jacksonville.

Please come and join us if only to observe or to participate if you wish. Stay as long as you like and leave anytime you wish.

It is a lovely creek to paddle and explore. The weather is sunny in the low eighties. We wiil be off the water by 3:00.

Thanks, Elmer

Elmer Eddy

Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
Waterway Stewards
207 Spann Road, Trenton, NC, 28585
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!”

“If alligatorweed is not there, it cannot grow there!”