Friday, June 11, 2010

Sudbury River - Little Farms Rd. to Power Lines & Back

The sun finally put in an appearance as I was heading back upriver and passing under the "Hot Dog" bridge.  Most of today's trash patrol of the Sudbury River in Framingham and Wayland was done in cloudy/cool conditions and that was fine with me. 
Before heading downriver, I made a brief foray into the downstream end of the Oxbow where I encountered a wood duck family enjoying the day. Unfortunately, the family of ducks went into full emergency upon detecting my presence and the little ones were quickly herded off the water and into the bushes. I decided to go no further into this idyllic area and instead returned to the river's main channel. 
Progress downriver was slow as trash was ample and seemed to be floating behind every little snag as can be seen in this photo taken just upstream of the old stone bridge...
By the time I reached the Power Lines my boat was nearly full and transloading was done to maximize cargo capacity.  A red-tailed hawk watched from its perch atop the transmission tower.
Once back at Little Farms Road the day's catch of 236 pieces of trash was spread out alongside my vessel...
Only the lucky ones got a spot in the sunshine!
There were 104 recyclable containers (7 redeemable) and 132 pieces of miscellaneous rubbish consisting of plastic bags, styrofoam, a basketball, a softball, a soccer ball, several tennis balls, a ski pole, 24 nip bottles, and 3 cans of spray paint.  YTD total stands at 3099.
The SuAsCo waters will be busy this weekend with folks enjoying Riverfest activities.  To find out more about this year's Riverfest click on this link.

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