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Paddlers Show Their Appreciation of the Tred Avon River
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by Doc Kuntz | 2008

The first River Appreciation Day Paddle (RAD PAD) on May 10 was the start of a concentrated effort to rid the North and South Forks of the Tred Avon River of accumulated trash. Led by the Rivers Appreciation Group and the Maryland Chapter’s Doc Kuntz, the event was supported by environmental organizations including the Talbot River Protection Association (TRPA) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and featured canoeing, kayaking, environmental educational exhibits, as well as the cleanup.

The first River Appreciation Day Paddle (RAD PAD) on May 10 was the start of a concentrated effort to rid the North and South Forks of the Tred Avon River of accumulated trash. Led by the Rivers Appreciation Group and the Maryland Chapter’s Doc Kuntz, the event was supported by environmental organizations including the Talbot River Protection Association (TRPA) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and featured canoeing, kayaking, environmental educational exhibits, as well as the cleanup.

At the head of the river, near St. Michael’s Road, paddlers picked up most of the trash readily accessible along the North Fork. The tide was high that day, and collection of trash was impressive.

In the weeks and months following RAD PAD, higher tides allowed greater access to previously irretrievable litter. One area marsh that was particularly appalling was accessible to kayakers only when the tide was extremely (favorably) high. By moving on favorable tides and using large kayaks, TRPA kayakers and friends were able to make many sorties, removing about 1,300 bottles, plus cans, styrofoam, assorted plastics, balls of various sizes, and other assorted discards, including a pair of blade skates. During the same period, about 200 bottles, cans, and plastic items were removed from other areas on the North and South Forks.

Contributing to the success of the cleanup were Easton Point Marina and Lee Denny, who provided the large kayak, Talbot County Parks and Recreation, which removed the collected trash, and Environmental Concern, which killed the phragmites, making it easier to work in the marsh.  

 

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