In Spring 2018, three groups joined our Adopt-A-Shoreline Program (AASP) and one joined our Adopt-A-Feeder Stream Program(AAFSP). This brings the totals to 21 in the AASP and three in the AAFSP. The map at our Volunteer Page shows all the locations.
Dragonfly Pond Works brought 10 agile, enthusiastic volunteers for their first AASP cleanup. Their section is a stretch of Farrington Pt. Rd. from the entrance to the NC WRC Boat Ramps to the north end of the bridge and down the steep rip rap rocks below it.
In just 2 hours, they removed 25 bags of trash AND astoundingly, 50 propane canisters from below the bridge.
Unfortunately, these canisters are from night fishermen who attach lanterns to them. We’ve now recovered 300 from this same spot and that includes a broken lantern as evidence for their purpose.
Highfill Infrastructure Engineering, led by Allison Andrews, brought 7 volunteers to White Oak Creek where it passes under Rt. 751. This is the third in our AAFSP, the other two being Little Creek behind Meadowmont and Beaver Creek along the Apex Greenway.
Highfill Infrastructure Engineering cleaned on both the SE and SW sides of the Creek as well as a huge mess left by folks using the road turnout as a dumping ground.
The results were astounding: 17 bags of trash removed not counting about 5 bags-worth of soggy, muddy, cardboard most likely from a business of some type and three tires.
The group was rewarded for their efforts by seeing osprey and eagle nests on the far side of the Creek!
RES.us, a company doing wetlands restoration projects, completed its first AASP cleanups at two sites.
17 volunteers were divided between the Red Trail of New Hope Overlook Access and the Ebenezer Church Boat Ramps area, both within Jordan Lake State Park . They removed 25 bags of trash including 32 propane canisters from the rocks under the bridge on Beaver Creek Rd. !
Fishermen attach lanterns for night fishing and just leave the empty canisters. The volunteer effort to remove them, climbing over rocks and hauling the bags up to the road, is worthy of special recognition. This nagging problem has no easy solution.