Maybe the Pollett needs a protection association. Yeah, I know I don't live there, but I'll say it anyway.
Maybe this Shenandoah group could serve as a model for a Pollett River protection association. I bet there would be money to support a cleanup from the Environmental Trust Fund, and the Petitcodiac river keepers, or whatever they are called. The feds would spring for cash too, I bet.
The Riverkeepers would probably get involved in a Pollet Clean up if they thought it would get them some press but for the most part they just don't want Moncton & Riverview to have a lake. Their idea of a big canoe trip was from the Riverview fire hall to just above halls creek (not quite a mile). Just long enough to get the photos taken and get out before the Petitcodiac killed any of them. The only real solution is for real canoeists to haul off what they can after the "Run" is over and done with. It does not get trashed much except on that one day of the year. There is little use in attempting to educate the "Runners" because trying to negotiate with drunken Albert county boys will meet with little success.
I have been offered the services of the Maritime Geocaching Association locals to have a river clean up day if I could organize enough canoes and gear to take them down the river. They have events all over cleaning up trails etc. and would love to help out. There may be funding available for such a project through this; www.chrs.ca/RiversDay/RiversDay_e.htm but worst case scenario the Department of Transport area highway supervisor is a friend of mine and I could ask him to pick up all the trash at the bridges as we dumped it. That and the local MLA would be open to anything that gets him some attention.
With enough interested parties we could have a "sober" version of the Pollet River Run the week after and have a lot of fun while helping the environment.
If you are strong enough to carry a full case onto the river and still strong enough to carry the empty case off of the river when you are done, you are ok in my book.
It is just the folks that have offered to help so far are youth groups and boy scout types with a few adult advisors. If the canoeists were three sheets to the wind I believe the non canoeists offering to help would have some reservations about jumping in the bow seat. That and if funding were to be available I doubt the ones in control of the purse strings would be willing to loosen them for yet another drunk.
Post by Ken Corbett on Jun 8, 2012 13:55:03 GMT -5
We need to talk more about this. I come around a bend in the Nashwaak, usually where a pool widens out and the current slacks off, and there are dozens of beer cans on the gravel bar and in the pool itself. Obviously there's been a tuber party or a poker rally upstream, and the cans have been tossed into the river.
Somehow, we need to reach those folks to persuade them to bring their cans home. Maybe the poker run organizers and tubing companies can award some sort of recognition for folks who do just that. In the meantime, all we can do is pick up what we can.