Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Concord River - Egg Rock to Great Meadows Landing & Back

It was a wee bit breezy out on the Concord River this afternoon, but the air is steadily getting warmer and the springtime water levels were ideal for trash recovery amidst the shrubbery.  After launching into the lower Sudbury River, I paddled down to Egg Rock where the Sudbury's flow combines with the Assabet's to form the Concord.
The majority of today's trash was recovered between Egg Rock and the Old North Bridge and it ran the gamut from an underground vault cover warning of poison gas to a child's doll.. 
My turnaround point was at the Great Meadows Landing.
Wildlife encountered were Canada geese, mallards, an osprey, a red-tailed hawk, turtles, and this group of turkeys that were whiling away the afternoon alongside the river...
One other kayaker was seen on the river today as well.

There was a helicopter hovering over the Old North Bridge area.  Not sure why.  After passing under the rude span on my return trip, I did a "Crazy Ivan" so as to snap a quick photo of the bridge...
It's less than 2 weeks till the Patriot's Day commemoration in which the bridge will play a leading role.

Upon reaching the Calf Pasture, everyone disembarked for an impromptu roll call.  The sun actually emerged from behind the clouds for a whole 5 minutes or so!...
There were 91 pieces of trash: 34 recyclable containers (8 redeemable) and 57 pieces of miscellaneous rubbish such as 12 styrofoam bait tubs, a boat's rubber fender, some kind of composite sheeting, and the aforementioned vault cover and doll.  My YTD total stands at 678.

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