2010-10-25 Trent River, NC – ELMER

Quaker Neck Country Club to Pollocksville, NC

Pictures by Joanne Somerday. Thank you again, Joanne. Joanne is from
River Bend and is one of our very first Stewards. Her lilting laughter carries
a long way over the waters when we are paddling. She adds much pleasure
to our trips.

This is Scott Brown of Morehead City and Elmer Eddy of Trenton at our put-in
at the County Club ramp. If you use these facilities which are private, please
identify your selves as being Waterway Stewards and that you are picking up
all trash as you paddle. Or you can pay the fee if you wish to.

Leo Schimdt, one of our new great Stewards with a motor boat, launched
his boat at the Pollocksville ramp. Leo resides in Emerald Isle. That is Dale
Weston from Jacksonville up front. They arrived to meet us even before we,
paddling, reached the Quaker Bridge Road #1121 a distance of about 2 miles.

Leo and Dale continued motoring up strem to almost Trenton. So we feel sure
one can put in there and paddle without obstructions all the wasy to New Bern.

The foliage is becoming prettier and prettier on every trip.

Things like this should de removed bank to bank. They are a hazard to
navigation.It is not hard to imagine what the hazards are as the water rises
and falls as it just did with our prolonged rains and then Nichole on top of all
that. More importantly, there are thousands of these in all different shapes and
sizes. Right now, the trees are still covered with leaves to make matters worse.

Collectively, all this mass slows the natural flow of the river and causes our
floods to rise a foot or so higher than is necessary.

This extra foot or so of water causes many a farmers field to become flooded
and damage his crop and also floods many a home and business unnecessarily.

FEMA money should be used immediately to clear our streams and let them
flow naturally. We are still in the Hurricane Season! This will also put a lot of
people to work immediately and save FEMA funds in the future.

The very high flood waters flushed 90% of the trash
downstream into the Neuse River. (A freind told us about his fishing trip out
of the New River Inlet. He said the trash was visible for miles out into the ocean.
With the changing winds and the tides a lot of it will end up on our beaches!)
This is a small statue of a Boy Angel. It was found in the water right at the
shore. It was a wilderness area. It would sink in deep water. The flood must
have left it here.
A closeup of the Boy Angel.
More lovely foliage.
And some more.
It can’t match New England but it is pretty. We have enjoyed a good current.
These leaves are caught on an incoming tide in a very slow moving eddy.
One single reddish colored tree. Must be a acer palmatum rubrum. Notice
the reflection in the water too.
Another one. Observe the reflection of our canoe in the water
Another blown down tree causing a strainer and a slowing down of the exciting
flood waters. There are thousands of existing obstructing things like this all the
way up to the origin of the Trent River up near Kinston.

Now add inumerable more on all of the tributaries and we have a very
signifacant slowing down ot the natural drainage of this entire watershed.

Without all of these partial obstructions in the watershed, the natural open,
free flowing clear channels, bank to bank, could have drained the entire
watershed to much lower levels in the period between the days of prolonged
rains and the arrival of Tropical Storm Nichole.

We believe this would have reduced the flood damages considerably!

This reasoning and logic applies equally to all rivers and streams in our
Coastal Plains.

Some more beautiful foliage.

Thanks again, Joanne.

This was a most unusual trip. The weather report for this area said 20%
chance of rain after 2:00. Intermittent slight sprinkles began off and on at
12:00. We did not darn our rain gear. Then, of course is when the heavy rain
came about half way thru the Air Base area. We had planned to eat our lunch
at the Air Base ramp.

With the heavy rain Joanne had already climbed into Leo’s motor boat and

got under his roof shelter. Joanne secured our canoe to the side of Leo’s
boat and we cruised at about 5 miles per hour down to the Pollocksville ramp.
The rain stopped long before we got there at 2:00 . It was a very warm rain.

We know it was raining along the coast in the morning and that this is probably
why so few showed up. For any of you who did not make this trip you can begnnning
on this Friday and continuing through the following mext five days with excellent
weather. We did pick up all trash until the heavv rains came about halfway trough
the Air Basse property. Good paddling and thanks, Elmer

The following is from Matt Rosso:  (dated 2010-10-25)

Just went to Queens Creek and Picked up the inland end Sunday. Beautiful
area and now clean. No trees down where we were, the river is cleared of debris.

Thanks Matt and congratulations. Elmer


2010-11-08 Rachel Carson Reserve, Beaufort, NC

We launched our canoes ans kayaks and one motorboat at the Wildlife ramp at
the end of Front St on Taylor’s Creek at Lenoxville, The trip was planned to be
at the high tide cycle for ease in retrieving trash which  comes to rest at the
high tide lineup in the marshes.

It requires getting out of our boats and walking in the marsh grass to find the
man made trash and litter. It is blown in here from the Morehead Channel by
the prevailing Southwest winds.

Boaters could reduce this litter tremendously by securing it in their boats and
preventing it from blowing out or bouncing out in the rough waters of the inlet.

Below is Dale Weston from Jacksonville int the rear and Jim Morris from
Morehead City cleaning up the shoreline.

Bob Stokes from New Bern took these six pictures. This is the skeleton remains
of a shorebird.
This one of the many horses on Carrot Island.
Dale again out in the wide open waters. That in Schackleford Banks
in the distance.
A group of shore birds on a grassy spit.
Thus is another horse in the distance. Two came galloping
along a horse trail between Dale and me. Very close!

Thanks for the fine pictures, Bob.

And thanks to Leo Schmidt who came with his motorboat
carried our trash for us.

Scott Brown and Elmer Eddy were the other members on
this trip on this gorgeous day.

More to follow soon.  Elmer


2010-11-01 Trent River

These pictures are by Joanne Somerday.

This is at the Wildlife Ramp on Landfill Road in Trenton
That is Scott Brown form Morehead City in the foreground
and Leo Schmidt in the the rear.
These are our newest Stewards. Jon Park, the son, and Wade, ‘
his father, on the right. They moved down here from upper New York
‘State. They live on the shores of Brock Mill Pond in Trenton. They
each have brand new Wilderness kayaks.
Dale Weston from Jacksonville launching Leo’s motor boat.
The water at the ramp and parking lot has returned to
normal levels.
Wade out on the river. The leaves are falling fast.

Father and son again. They are avid Stewards already.
Elmer Eddy from Trenton up front and Scott Brown in the
rear. We are paddling upstream today due to the numerous
fallen trees blocking the river. This way we are sure we can
get back to our cars.
This is upstream around the big bend but below the bridge.
The owner here raises goats.
Here is the Rte 41 bridge over the Trent River. The water
from Nichol was up to the bottom of the bridge. That must
a rise of close to 20 feet! It inundated homes and other
buildings in the area.

That is all from Joanne this trip. She had to leave early
for a meeting. Thanks for the pictures Joanne.  Elmer