Thanks to Fred Schultz for the neat photo of Bill Hines cheering the half-way mark on their trip down the Neuse.
Enjoy the progress of our Bill Hines and friends, paddling the Neuse through from Raleigh to Oriental to raise awareness about water quality. 4/15/14 ..Talked to Bill Hines this morning ... Fred Schultz, Larry Summers, Jim Kellenberger and he had a big paddle day yesterday averaging 4 mph. Encountered lots of trash but the majority was soccer balls ... those black and white Wilsons ... must have seen 30 and all kinds of other balls too. ... had to portage around one dam the Millburnie Dam. Biggest disappointment ... no one met them with beer last evening .... found a camping spot outside of Clayton under Rte. 42 bridge. They are planning to concentrate on Town Halls to pass out orange D.O.T. trash bags to emphasize the need to clean up the river. Should make it to Smithfield for lunch at the Bistro.
4/15/14 Just heard from Bill Hines tonight and they made 31 miles today and are camping in the Howell Woods Environmental Center tonight ... check it out: http://www.johnstoncc.edu/howellwoods/aboutHowellWoods.aspx They are on a raised platform and lots of wood ducks around. The stretch today from Clayton was much cleaner ... maybe saw only 4 balls today, with lots of twists and turns ... just beautiful. They ate lunch in Smithfield at a NY deli-style restaurant called Gandolfis and it was superb!!! They are planning an easier day tomorrow ... going to be 35 degrees in the morning and the wind will be behind and contact some town halls.
4/16/14 Bill Hines reported tonight that he and Larry Summers and Fred Schultz froze their butts off last night ... even though they were on platforms at Howell Woods Environmental Center, the rain was pounding in sideways .... they woke up this morning and dried everything out in the bright sunshine and wind and got off about 11:00 a.m. They saw wood ducks, beaver, muskrat, Red-tailed hawks, Coopers Hawk, Great Blue Herons, Bank Swallows, Osprey. They are in Goldsboro tonight and will make it to Seven Springs tomorrow where there is an outfitter on the water. They will contact some town halls to get them on board for the clean-up the river project.
4/17/14 Thanks to Fred Schultz for the neat photo of Bill Hines cheering the half-way mark on their trip down the Neuse. Bill says they had an easy 25 mi. run today and have found the friendly town of Seven Springs. A neighborly lady with a bait and tackle shop let them set up in her backyard and they had a really fine flounder dinner at a new restaurant only open two weeks. Seven Springs is famous for a civil war battle fought there where the Rebs burned he bridge. The further they get from Raleigh, the cleaner the water is. Saw lots of birds, ducks, Osprey and Red-tailed hawks. Tomorrow they should land in Kinston .... they’ll be camping in a city park right on the river with Showers and a brewery nearby ... Showers first ... did I hear him correctly??? Oh yeah
LOWER NEUSE RIVERKEEPER POSITION
The Neuse River Foundation (NRF) is seeking a qualified, highly motivated individual to fill the position of Lower Neuse Riverkeeper (LNRK). The position requires a balance of strong environmental science, public relations skills and the ability to work with very diverse individuals and groups of people.
Falls Lake Rules and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Grant Upper Neuse RiverKeeper, Matthew Starr was informed in November that his hard work had paid off and the NRF is the recipient of a two-year, $30,000 per year grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. The grant is intended to support the NRF work on managing the implementation of the Falls Lake Rules, and to work on defending the Rules from being watered down as implementation approaches.
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