July 16th turned out to be yet another successful litter clean up. As we pulled into the Henry McAllister Landing (from US 258 turn onto Rhodestown Rd and follow the signs) we were greeted by a reporter for the Jacksonville Daily News that was there to get the scoop. Dale Weston, WONRA President, gave a good interview on the use of chainsaws in litter clean ups involving fallen trees. While this is a dangerous practice that should never be attempted by a novice, we do have a few experienced individuals in our organization that know in order to get those fallen trees from the river that just collect all the trash a chainsaw is inevitably the quickest and best choice.
In all, we had seven volunteers. That includes my six year old whom enthusiastically also learned to paddle the kayak we were sharing that day. Our trip was somewhat abruptly halted when we began to hear thunder in the distance.
We all made it back to the landing before any rain however.
Interestingly, I got two reports from concerned citizens about some fallen trees in that same area days later. The New River remains pretty shallow there at times.And this has been a repeat problem area with strainers. As always, I very much appreciate the reports from citizens! You are our eyes and ears.