Sunday, March 17, 2013

Flotsam Fest on the Assabet

On this bright and sunny Saint Patrick's Day I paddled the Assabet River downstream from Cox Street in Hudson.  Thanks to all the recent snowmelt the water level was fairly high and the flow was swift.  Present and accounted for were wood ducks, Canada geese, red-winged blackbirds, and a red-tailed hawk.   Tree swallows were also seen for the first time this season.

Of course along with the high water level came an abundance of trashy flotsam.  After traveling only a mile or so downriver, my boat was full to the gills.  Therefore, most of what can be seen in this photo...
..was left for another patrol.

Once back at Cox Street, the rounded-up miscreants "spread out" in the sunshine...
There were 105 recyclable containers (8 redeemable) and 101 pieces of miscellaneous rubbish such as styrofoam, plastic bags, etc.  The green plastic basin contains 42 nip bottles.  YTD = 850.

This stretch of the Assabet always seems to yield a large amount of trash.

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