Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Stony Brook and Merrimack River
I turned around at this point and headed back to the Merrimack after rounding up 36 pieces of trash in this short section of Stony Brook.
Once back into the Merrimack, I headed up river towards the intake for the City of Lowell's drinking water treatment facility...
After rounding the island's north tip, I turned around and paddled along it's west shore before returning to Southwell Park.
Trash was plentiful today and everyone enjoyed stretching their legs on one of Wickasee's small sandy beaches...
There was a nice article in today's Globe by David Abel concerning the possible expanding of the state's bottle bill to include non-carbonated beverages. The article informs us that Representative Joseph F. Wagner of Chicopee chairs the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies that is now reviewing the proposed expansion. Hopefully, Mr. Wagner will consider how many plastic containers are ending up in our waterways and that there's no financial incentive or reward for getting them to where they belong. Expanding the bottle bill will go a long way in cleaning up our rivers and streams.