2009-01-14 Southwest Creek Camp Lejeune

2010-01-14 Southwest Creek Camp Lejeune NC
We were very pleased with what we found out about Alligatorweed in this creek.
We had hoped the heavy rains we have been blessed with recently had picked up
and moved tons of it downstream. We are happy to report that is exactly what has

The picture below is of one batch that was left behind because it was hung up on
woody debris in the river. We released it and as you can see, it is on its way again
down to salt water.

All floating alligatorweed is brown as it lays on the surface of the water. However
these stems and roots are 5 to 8 feet long and are very green below the surface.
A few days of warm weather and new bright green shoots appear and quickly
develop leaves.

This is the largest trout any of us have ever seen. According to the depth finder
there are many this size in the deep holes. Fishermen could join us and
release patches of alligatorweed to float downsteram to its death in salt
water and do a little fishing too. If successful you could drop one off in our boat!

This trout was floating on the surface. Notice his tail has been eaten off.

This is looking under the railroad bridge where this batch of alligaotorweed is
hung up on the old pilings which were left in the water and cut off at water level.
Another section with woody debris and alligatorweed hung up on the pilings.

If these pilings were not there all could have gone on downstream. It was an
illegal act to have left them there. This should be corrected now by removing
them down to ground level

Ditto in another opening. The high waters raised the alligatorweed above the
pilings and washed some of it downstream. We hope to get what is left out
and gone on our next trip.

The extemely large masses of alligatorweed that were here last summer are gone.

This will make the fourth time we have cleared this bridge area. These old pilings
are strainers collecting alligatorweeds and everything else that comes downstream!

Camp Lejeune Marune Patrol on a lunch break.
The end of the road. Stopped by a blown down tree. This needs to be removed
along with others that snag the floatng alligatorweed. We got to about a mile
or two from the route 17 bridge.

That is a clam rake. An excellent tool to get the weed free floating again with the
river current. the garden or lawn rake on the deck is also a good tool for this.
Another batch on its way downstream.
More batches of alligatorweed free floating down to its death.
Another shot of the same.
This picture was taken back in the summer. It is included here to show the contrast
in the mass or volume of the weed in each season. It doubles in total mass
every two to three weeks in the warm weather. Winter is best time the time to move it.

In this year, 2010, we hope to have it all out and gone by March 15th in the main
channels where we have good current flow. Please come with motor boats and
canoes and kayaks and help us get this done. Canoers and kayakers can easilly
move the batches off whatever that it may have caught on again.They can do
this easily with their paddles so it will make it all the way to salt water.

Motor boaters can launch their boats at marinas on base or anywhere and motor
upstream to join us. Those with canoes and kayaks and trailers with motor boats

can meet us at 9:30 this Thursday, the 21st, at the Food Lion parking lot
opposite the main gate to the air base on Rte 17 south of Jacksonville.

Help us get them floating free like this. If they are not there anymore they
cannot grow there can they?

We cannot promise you a fish like this. They are here. It’ s up to you to catch them!
Thanks, Elmer.

Our particpants on this trip were Jim Niedermeyer up front in 16 foot motor boat,
Leo Schmidt operator of the boat and Elmer Eddy in the rear. We accomplished more
in this one trip than we would have in three trips with our canoe.

Elmer Eddy
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman

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