Saturday, May 4, 2013

Mining Trash Above Mine Falls

This morning I linked up with the New Hampshire Appalachian Mountain Club Paddlers for the first in a series of trash patrols organized by club member Denise Hurt.  We launched into the Nashua River just above Mine Falls Dam (near Stellos Stadium) in Nashua and headed upriver patrolling both banks for a wide variety of trashy stuff.
The day was a beauty! Sunny with a refreshing breeze.

After a few hours the boats were sitting a little lower...

After patrolling about 3 miles of river we returned to the takeout at Mine Falls Dam...

The fruit of our combined efforts lies at the feet of (left to right) Jackie, Rick, Pattie, Sue, Denise, and Dean, before the sorting of recyclables and counting commenced...
Not pictured are trash paddlers John, Maureen, and Beth.  Paul and Don also helped from the shore.

The day's haul consisted of approx. 300 recyclable containers and approx. 125 pieces of miscellaneous rubbish including 3 automobile tires.

The remaining trash patrols Denise has scheduled are:
Contoocook River in Henniker on 6/1
Merrimack River in Tyngsboro on 7/6
Squannacook River in W. Groton on 8/3
Merrimack River in Nashua on 9/7

Each will be on the first Saturday of the respective month.


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