New Waterway Stewards Website and Blog

Welcome!

We are Waterway Stewards. We strive for clean waterways while paddling for fun. We try to paddle at least once every week year round. Anyone is welcome to join us.   Just e-mail elmer@waterwaystewards.us We have no officers.  We hold no meetings.  Every trip is a “meeting”.  We have no dues.  When you come with us you become a Steward automatically.  Those with motor boats are welcome too.  We paddle eastern North Carolina, mainly Jones, Onslow, Carteret, Craven, and Pamlico Counties.   Formerly Stewards of the White Oak River Basin www.whiteoakstewards.org Check there for posts prior to 2009-07-27.

Thanks,

Elmer.

2010-02-03 Southwest Creek Camp Lejeune NC

2010-02-03 Southwest Creek Camp Lejeune NC

We are continuing our battle to get the alligatorweed
out of Southwest Creek using natural forces. The winter
freezes killed all above water growth. The high water
with good strong currents has carried tons and tons
of it down to salt water where it does not survive.

We put-in at Maple Landing at 10:00. Going upstream we encountered no alligatorweed
up to the first concrete barrier. We set free all batches of the weed we encountered
from there up to the railroad bridge. It was lunch time when we got to the bridge.

This is looking through under the bridge under on the eastern side of the island. You can
see the alligatorweed hung upstream on the old pilings. These pilings are just under the
surface of the water. At low tide the piling tops are exposed.

Compare this to what was here last summer. It extended 50 to 60 feet
upstream and was two to three feet high above the water!
This shot is still on the east side of the island with the island on the left.
Now we have moved over to the western side of the island. Those two men
are surveying the area in preparation for the installation of a large water line.
This picture shows the entire western channel. After lunch we worked at getting
the weed off the pilings and through the bridge to continua its journey down to salt
water.
Here is a whole platoon of marines who were doing maneuvers in the area.
If we could get them in canoes doing what we are doing we would have
all the alligatorweed gone in one day!

They helped us unload our boat and picked it up and put it on the trailer!
Thanks you Marines. You can come paddling with us anytime.

2010-02-03 Southwest Creek Camp Lejeune NC

We are continuing our battle to get the alligatorweed
out of Southwest Creek using natural forces. The winter
freezes killed all above water growth. The high water
with good strong currents has carried tons and tons
of it down to salt water where it does not survive.

We put-in at Maple Landing at 10:00. Going upstream we encountered no alligatorweed
up to the first concrete barrier. We set free all batches of the weed we encountered
from there up to the railroad bridge. It was lunch time when we got to the bridge.

This is looking through under the bridge under on the eastern side of the island. You can
see the alligatorweed hung upstream on the old pilings. These pilings are just under the
surface of the water. At low tide the piling tops are exposed.

Compare this to what was here last summer. It extended 50 to 60 feet
upstream and was two to three feet high above the water!
This shot is still on the east side of the island with the island on the left.
Now we have moved over to the western side of the island. Those two men
are surveying the area in preparation for the installation of a large water line.
This picture shows the entire western channel. After lunch we worked at getting
the weed off the pilings and through the bridge to continua its journey down to salt
water.
Here is a whole platoon of marines who were doing maneuvers in the area.
If we could get them in canoes doing what we are doing we would have
all the alligatorweed gone in one day!

They helped us unload our boat and picked it up and put it on the trailer!
Thanks you Marines. You can come paddling with us anytime.




Next week, weather permitting we hope to get the bridge cleared of all
alligatorweed again for the fourth time. More people would be most welcome.

Thanks, Elmer

2010-02-08 Southwest Creek, Camp Lejeune NC

2010-02-08 Southwest Creek Camp Lejeune NC

This is actually the Trent River at the end of Paul Road off of Spann Road at Maple Grove
off Rte 58 3 miles south of Trenton. This spot was one of the worst blockages to
paddling caused by blown down trees. They are all gone now thanks to Leo
Schimdt and his buddy. Florence and I drove down there to see it and the high water.
The gauge read over 14 feet, the highest this year.

We drove on down to Gibson Bridge on the White Oak River. This is a view
down stream looking down stream from the bridge.

I would love to be canoeing it. We would have to do a portage here.

We drove on to Camp Lejeune and Southwest Creek.
This is a view looking downstream from the bridge. Trash has collected in a
strainer on the right but no alligator weed.
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There was evidence on the bridge that the water had the covered the bridge.
This is looking upstream from our launching area. We cannot paddle under that.

We drove on down to the railroad bridge. The high water has lifted the
alligatorweed off of most of the old pilings and washed it downstream.
Back in the summer alligatorweed was solid extending 50 to 60 feet upstream.
The bridge pilings and the old pilings cut off at water level created a huge strainer.
All this created a perect nursery for the alligatorweed to grow and prosper by
doubling its mass every two to three weeks. The two openings nearest to the camera
are also blocked by a huge tree stump and some logs. This is the east channel.

This is a view of the west channel. It is 90% cleared. We had cleared a lot
on this side on our last trip. It was a real pleasure to see it so clear.

Another view of the same.

This is a view looking upstream right. The open water on the right is a dead
end bay. It was solidly covered with floating alligatorweed last summer. The
high water has lifted it up and moved 80% of it downstream and through the
bridge on its way to salt water and death. The outgoing high tide helped to
do this too.

This a view downstream from the bridge. That one patch of alligatorweed is
hung up on a fallen tree and brush. We will get that moving downstream on
our next trip
We are very close to gettig all floating alligatorweed in the main channell
from Rte 17 on down to saltwater.

We hope and expect to get it all out before the growing season begins.

This will leave what has rooted on the shore line on land. This will show up
later and will have to be sprayed. Fortunately there is not much of it. The two
worst places are at the railroad bridge east and at the end of a dirt road off
of B-14 Range Road.

If things work out Leo Schmidt ad I plan to go to Maple Landing on Sunday
and cruise up stream freeing all alligator weed that is hung up. We will go
up as far a time permits and turn around and come back doing the same.

We hope to be able to report that the main channel is clear fo all alligatorweed!

With more people participating it could be a fact. Drop me a line if you want
to join us. The weather is predictedto be 50 degrees and mostly sunny.

Thanks, Elmer

Elmer Eddy

Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman

Waterway Stewards

http://waterwaystewards.blogspot.com/
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!”