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Jun 1, 2009
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Volunteer
Location: North Carolina, United States

My husband and I moved into this home back in January. There is a small creek that runs along the back edge of the backyard.  Normally, this creek is very shallow, but there are minnows (possibly shads), crawdads, frogs, copperhead snakes, and black snakes living within and along it. When my husband stands in the creek, the bank comes up to his neck ... he's 6 ft 1 inch tall.

Last week, we had roughly 24 hours of heavy rains.  As you can see from the one picture I posted, it was overflowing it's banks. But this wasn't necessarily because of too much water too fast, but because there is too much junk/trash all along the waterway and it was clogging things up.  About an hour after that photo was taken, the water dropped significantly, even though it was still raining.  We saw a tire, a hubcap, and a bunch of plastic float by. 

Hubby likes to play down in the creek, and is constantly pulling out old (and I mean old) soft drink glass bottles, old (again, old) beer cans, street signs, plastic bags, etc.  Much of it we trashed, but some were able to be recycled.  There was stuff so buried in the bank, that it took awhile to dig out.  A lot of it could easily be dated to the 60's and 70's.  We live in a small town ... you can tell by some of the stuff from what era they came from.

So, we spent this weekend cleaning up the creek as far as we can reach it in both directions.  We want the wildlife to flourish and not be in danger due to old human trash. 

What did you do this past weekend to keep our planet clean?  What will you do next weekend? 

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Posted: Jun 1, 2009 10:43pm

 

 
 
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