2010-04-01 Trent River RiverBend to Newbern NC

2010-04-01, Trent River, River Bend to Lawson Park in New Bern, NC

April Fools Day. Come and have some fun with us and do some good by leaving the lovely Trent River free of all trash and litter.

This will conclude our last paddle paddle of  the Trent River. We started last fall up near Pleasant Hill
paddling section after section as we come downstream to New Bern.

On each trip we picked up all trash and litter. We paddle for fun because this is our sport but we do take the time to stop and remove all trash and litter. We can’t stand seeing the ugly stuff destroying the beauty of our play grounds.

In 2009 we received The Green Paddle Award from the American Canoe Association. This is a very
prestigious National Award. We formerly operated as Stewards of the White Oak River Basin. Now we operate as Waterway Stewards.

You can read and see pictures of our adventures on our web site:  www.waterwaystewards.us

This Thursday we will meet at 9:00 AM at Tar Landing in River Bend where we took out last week. We will unload our boats and set up our shuttle vehicles at Lawson Park in New Bern.  This is at 1309 Country Club Road.

Take the easterly exit off of Rte 70. This is the first exit coming from Morehead City after you go over the bridge. Take your immediate right into the park.

From the north take your left on Country Club, which is the last exit before the bridge then immediate right into the park after you go under 70.

We will meet in the parking lot at the entrance. We plan to be off the water by 3:00.

All are invited to join us. Many of us, including myself, are also members of The Twin Rivers Paddle Club. We would especially like to see a large turn out of our club members. After all, The Trent is one of our Twin Rivers.

With enough people we can split into two groups, one on each side of the river. The river is wide here and this would get both sides clean easily. We would like for the groups to stay opposite each other as we paddle downstream.

Hope to see you on the river. Thanks, Elmer


2010-03-25 Trent River Pollocksville to River Bend, NC

This map shows you where we paddled today. Tar Landing is right
after the northern most point on the river where the T is.


The early flowering trees have bursted out in full blume all over and
are very beautiful
A vulture caught by Ed Gruca just before he took off.
Harry Patterson and Ed Gruca on very calm water but good flow.
Ed snuck up on a redtail hawk here.
Another shot of this beautiful bird.
Nice boat. Nice house.
The cliffs of Trent. Very interesting.
Ed: Is that a snake?
Turtles were out everywhere. One.
About to get wet.

Low bridge for Harry.
He made it!
Elmer and Jim.
Lunch stop.
This tree will be in the river soon and take a big hunk of land with it.
A dump at:  N35deg 02.528  W077deg 10.932.  Jim says this is in
Jones County. This should not be here on the banks of this beautiful river.
We have asked Jones County to see if they can get rid of it.

This is a sorry ending to an otherwise lovely day on this wonderful
Trent River.

Next week we hope to continue on down to New Bern where the Trent
joins the Neuse.

We picked up two bags of trash and litter. All was the usual perpetual stuff,
nothing unusual.

The participants were Bill Murrray of Pine Knowl Shores, Ed Gruca of
Emerald Isle, Jim Niedermeyer of Hubert, Harry Patterson of Jacksonville
and Elmer Eddy of Trenton.

Hope you all can join us next week. Plans not final yet.

Thanks, Elmer


2010-03-17 Southwest Creek, Camp Lejeune, NC

2010-03-17 Southwest Creek, Camp Lejeune, NC

A view of Southwest Creek just upstream of the bridge. The alligatorweed is gone
down stream to die in salt water. We will be floating more downstream today.
A lonely cormorant.
We saw many fish jumping. Probably gar.
A view of Godzilla’s (the alligator) favorite area. We had lunch here across
from this shot. Alligators haven’t showed up yet but ospreys have already returned.
Elmer and Jim breaking up a mass of alligator weed. The entire river was
completely blocked in this area.
Here are some masses floating down past Godzilla beach.
We have been working one day a week. The current is constant 24/7.
Here is more approaching the bridge. Pictured a very effective tool to tow masses
of weed out into the current.
This is typical of the heavy old masses of alligator weed we dislodged today.
The under water stems were thick and large and extended down from five to
eight feet deep.
Today we can now say we have 95% of all floating weed already gone down to salt
water or on its way. This for the section from US Rte 17 down to salt water in the
main channel.
Some of it will get hung up again on strainers caused by fallen trees and branches
of live trees and river side brush. It is very easy to dislodge again before it gets
tangled and entwined.
Handy tool for getting it under the bridge.We have the bridge pilings almost
completely cleared of all weed for the fourth time now.

Our goal is take this river back from this foreign invader that has taken it over.
The volunteers today were Ed Gruca of Emerald Isle, Jim Niedermeyer of Hubert
and Elmer Eddy of Trenton. Thank you Ed for the excellent pictures.


2010-03-10 Shell Rock Landing to Bear Inlet

This trip is by Ed Gruca. Thank you Ed for the story and beautiful pictures. Anytime any of you Stewards want to make a trio like this please do so and let me know and I will get it out to all for you. I will be tied up on alligatorweed for a while longer.

2010-03-10 Bear Inlet
2010-03-10 Bear Inlet
Three paddlers for this day were Eg Gruca, Emerald Isle, Bill Murray, Pine Knoll Shores, and Julia Minor of Arapahoe.
We put in at Shell Rock Landing at 10:30 which was at stated low tide. We picked our way out and only had to get out and walk a short distance once on our way through the marsh.
Here is a shot of the inlet at low tide. That is Browns Island to the right, off limits by order of the USMC.
Julia and Bill going to the edge of the surf. This was just before the tide turned and the wind was very calm.
Bright sunshine! 70 degrees! Great day!
Coming in thru the surf was a lone paddler, R.W. Hixson of Bear Creek. We didn’t expect to see
anyone out here. He put in after us and went out via Saunders creek so he got out before us.
We were slowed while waiting for Bill Murray who decided to take a side channel and got
into a mud paddle.
This is Ed in the Inlet.

We returned with an incoming tide through the marsh taking the first creek to the left hoping to
link up with Saunders Creek. We paddled East, West, North, South and over again through low water and dead
ends. At time were were facing the ocean and others the water tower at the Hatteras Boat Plant.
This will be a fun paddle with more water at high tide.
We exited the Marsh at the inersection of Saunders Creek and the ICW. We climbed the spoils pile
on the ICW island and tried to review our trail thru the marsh.
When we got back to the take out, R.W. Hixson came in and he told us we had taken what was called,
Fools Channel on the way back. ‘
So now there are at least four trails out to the inet, including the Murray Mud Channel, blazed by Bill Murray on this day.
Trash was light with only a few items left by those that enjoy??? the put in. There is some big stuff along the waterway.

Elmer Eddy
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman

Waterway Stewards

207 Spann Road, Trenton, NC, 28585
910-389-4588 e-mail:
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”

Elmer Eddy
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman

Waterway Stewards

207 Spann Road, Trenton, NC, 28585
910-389-4588 e-mail:
Please visit our website: http://www.whiteoakstewards.org/
“If no one litters, there will be no litter!”

More litterbugs were swatted in 2009 than in 2008.

More than 11,700 littering reports were received and processed through the

N.C. Department of Transportation Swat-A-Litterbug program from

Jan. 1 through Dec. 30, 2009 — a 20-percent increase from the 9,600 processed in 2008,

according to an NCDOT news release.

Information required to make a report includes:

the vehicle’s license plate number;

date and time of the incident; street name;

city; county;

and a description of the littering offense observed.

For more information about the department’s anti-litter efforts or to make a Swat-A-Litterbug report online, visit


Call in a report at 1-877-DOT-4YOU. Mail-in Swat-A-Litterbug cards can be obtained by calling 1-800-331-5864.