Author: Doug (---.aurorasys.com)
Date: 03-21-07 14:56
Glencoe. Brave man, taking on dioxin! Are you in StL, now?
I have worked most years on the Courtois and Huzzah, tributaries of the Meramec. We usually get 2 "garbage scow' canoe drivers and the rest snorkle downstream and load up the garbage scows. We found a washing machine and most of a Corvair near one of the coolest stretches about 15 years ago. The property owner wouldn't let us take a winch down to the river bank, so they sat until four years ago when he sold it and the new owner was much more reasonable.
We also did an unofficial clean up down on the Black River from Lesterville to Secluded Trails, two years ago. The lady who owned Wilderness Lodge put us up for free, and we made a party out of it. She has since sold and the new owners haven't indicated whether the offer still stands.
On Culebra, people do make an effort, for the most part as evidenced by the bags and cans of trash. Two things need to happen to make that effort work.
1. Instead of dumping trash bags there at the beach, take it back to your hotel and dispose of it there. Regular pick-ups don't happen. Educational process.
2. The DNR needs to organize an Operation Clean Beach, recruit volunteers and support it with boats to take out the trash that very day. It is very rewarding to be able to see the difference you made. Brava and Resaca probably need it once a year. Soldado, Carlos Rosario, Tamarindo, Zoni, and Melones, twice. If those events were held on the first Saturday of the month with emails and posters, etc. announcing the event, we'd have a winner.