Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Sudbury River - Sherman's Bridge to Rt. 27 & Back
Late this morning I found some pleasant solitude while trash patrolling the section of the Sudbury River that bisects the large expanse of marsh between Sherman's Bridge and Route 27.
After encountering some of the more usual wildlife such as a belted kingfisher, blue herons, a few sandpipers, and a green-backed heron, I came upon this less usual great egret...
By the time I reached Rt. 27 I had only 3 pieces of trash onboard. This number quickly climbed to 18 after patrolling the area on either side of the bridge. Heading back downriver I soon discovered that another element of nature had joined us. A breeze of 20 mph out of the northeast was was taking full advantage of the wide-open expanse to buffet my progress nearly all the way back. Now, I knew why the trip upriver had seemed so easy!
The only other person seen on this stretch of river today was a fellow kayaker who was doing a little fishing while drifting with the wind.
By the time I reached Sherman's Bridge my trash count had reached 28 pieces. Most of the stuff looks old and must have been hiding somewhere till recently...
Of the 28, 8 were recyclable (4 redeemable) and 20 were misc. rubbish such as styrofoam and plastic bags etc. My YTD total stands at 3824.
This upcoming Saturday morning the Assabet River and its tributaries are going to be scoured for trash by a large group of volunteers participating in the Organization for the Assabet River's 23rd Annual Assabet River Cleanup. This event is a large scale operation conducted simultaneously in 8 watershed towns. More information can be found here.