2009-01-27 Southwest Creek Camp Lejeune NC
We launched our boat at Maple Landing. You turn east off of Route 17 atVerona to get there Turn left on the third dirt road and it will take you tothe ramp. You need a Base pass for your vehicle to do this.
This is the first batch of ALLIGATORWEED today. It was hung up behind a tree that had fallen into the river. We put our long handled clam rake into it and gently backed away with our 5 horse power motor. The entire massof tangled interwoven stems came out easily and we towed it out into the current. We hope it makes it all the way to salt water where it will be
killed. THIS WAS OPPOSOTE THE FIRST CONCRETE BARRIER.
We duplicated this same action on many more (but much fewer than usual)similar batches all the way up to the RR Bridge.
This is Jim Niedermeyer’s boat tied up at the RR Bridge for our lunch. It is resting on crushed rock. ALLIGATORWEED grows on land here! It comes up through the crushed rock. It does not appear asquickly in the spring as that growing and floating in the water.
This needs to be sprayed this year early. It grew knee deep here and must be sprayed and killed to prevent it from contaminating the whole creek again.
This picture is of the east channel at and above the RR bridge.
That lower left hand corner is the bridge railing. You can see last summer’s pictures here on our web site. The WEED was 50 to 60 feet of a solid mass two to three feet above water and 5 to 8 feet below water.
We Stewards of the White Oak River Basin with nature’s help have made this difference. We have cleaned it all out three times here at and under the bridge. We will do it again as soon as we get all ALLIGATORWEEd that remains upstream, at least as far as Rte 17, down to the bridge.
We do this exactly as described in the first picture above. The current of the river takes over and it carries it down to its death in salt water.
This picture is taken of the west channel. Last summer this same area was almost solid ALLIGATORWEED. It was hung up on the old pilings which were cut off and left at water level. This happened on two different piling replacements. It was illegal both times. These pilings should be removed!
This picture was taken from the bridge. The view is downstream. That log has branches under water. We released it and loads of alligatorweed. The current was very swift and brought it all down here and through the bridge!
Here is another log that traps Alligatorweed, cans a bottles and every thing else that comes downriver. It should be removed.
This was supposed to be a picture of that same log after we had removed the ALLIGATORWEED.
The same log again that came down from upstream after we had released it.Here is a closeup of it. We will cleanup this mess next trip we hope and get all weed down to salt water.
Right now is an excellent time to do this. The high water makes for a strong fast current. The winter freezes have killed all above the surface.
Let’s join nature and get the job done this year. We can get rid of this foreign, horrible, invasive ALLIGATORWEED!
IT IS IN ITS WEAKEST AND MOST VULNERABLE STATE RIGHT NOW! THIS
SUMMER IT WILL DOUBLE IN VOLUME EVERY TWO TO THREE WEEKS.
AND WE HAVE HAVE EXCELLENT WATER FLOW NOW TO HELP US!
NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT.
WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS WITH CANOES, KAYAKS AND MOTORBOATS
PLEASE COME AND HELP US KILL THIS FOREIGN INVADER NOW. THANKS, ELMER