Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Skipper's Year End Report
As the 2009 Trashpaddling season comes to a close and Old Man Winter tightens his icy grip, a review of my ship’s log provides the following information:
SUMMARY OF 2009 TRASH PATROLS
Sudbury River – 42 patrols netted 2093 pieces of trash, averaging 51 per patrol
Assabet River – 33 patrols netted 2421 pieces of trash, averaging 73.4 per patrol
Concord River – 11 patrols netted 625 pieces of trash, averaging 56.8 per patrol
Charles River - 2 patrols netted 280 pieces of trash, averaging 140 per patrol
Blackstone River – 1 patrol netted 26 pieces trash
Merrimack River – 1 patrol netted 71 pieces of trash
Over the course of the year 5532 pieces of orphaned trash were rescued from the rivers or their banks and properly disposed of.
COMPOSITION OF TRASH
Miscellaneous rubbish that was non-recyclable represented 44.6%
Non-redeemable but recyclable containers represented 32.6%
Redeemable and recyclable containers represented 22.8%
PATROL VESSEL STATUS
Patrol Vessel # 1 - OK, though propulsion system performance has deteriorated slightly
Patrol Vessel # 2 - Ditto to Vessel # 1
Very little resistance was encountered though there were several unauthorized boarding attempts by arachnids. All unauthorized boarding attempts were ultimately repelled.
The most noticeable change was the increased number of beaver lodges. Additionally, there were eye to eye encounters with deer, moose, beaver, otter, musquash, woodchucks, ospreys, eagle, hawks, kingfishers, herons, ducks, swans, geese, turtles, snakes, and the earlier mentioned arachnids.
To all my fellow trashpaddlers, readers of this blog, and supporters of my efforts…
Thanks, and may 2010 be a great year for all!