Category Archives: 2018 Season Updates

Working on the Mattaponi River

Calm still water in areas with deep pools (even lily pads in a few spots).

The weather is cooperating and we have moved over to the Mattaponi River in Caroline County.  Assessments are nearly complete and trash removed from a four mile section has already been delivered to the collection site.  The crew is patiently moving along the river in a section below the Milford DGIF boat launch which is littered with downed trees.  We appreciate the assistance we’ve received from local government, Luck Stone and landowners who provided us with information and access.  Look for another update early next week!

A few items of trash in the first four miles: 5 tires, 4 bags of cans and bottles, and an old seat cushion, some siding and metal.
4 tires with rims plus a big tractor tire between Paige Road and Milford.
Sweeper Allison Passa
Some pretty consistent navigation challenges with all of the wind and rain this summer.
Debris
First day of river assessment leaving DGIF Boat Launch on Paige Road.
Crew getting ready
Friends along the way, including great blue herons and a large bald eagle and lots of fish jumping.

Fine Weather Finally for Work on the Rappahannock

On Water Training for 2018 Crew (L/R Caitlyn Fincham, Nick Wolfe -Instructor, Emily Dieckhoff, Michael Collins (Center ED), Caleb Randall, Jacob Wanner and Zachary Douthit)

After the classroom portion of our training week, we waited a few days for the Rappahannock to recede after it’s first flood event this summer for our on-water training provided by Nick Wolfe of Friends of the Rappahannock and the Virginia Outdoor Center.  The river was just at it’s “floatable” limit so needless to say we got in some good training time.

Below are a few photos of the week leading up to our on-water training day and they include Wilderness First Aid by MEDIC Matt Rosesfsky of SOLOWFA and Invasive Species Identification by Ruth Douglas and MaryLee, affiliated with the Blue Ridge Prism and the VA Native Plant Society.

We’re grateful to all those that help train our crew every year!

Instruction Time
Ruth Douglas and Mary Lee provided invasive plant identification instruction

 

MEDIC Matt Rosefsky teaching SOLO Wilderness First Aid to Crew

 

Crew building an emergency evacuation “litter basket” with t-shirts and poles

Success! – Tire Recycling Amnesty Event


It was a resounding success, and over the course of the four-hour event, 135 vehicles visited and dropped off more than 1330 tires.  These tires will be disposed of responsibly, with as many being recycled as possible.  Potential future uses include road surface material, arena footing material, and tire derived fuel for industrial boilers, among other possibilities.

The backing of the local community made the event a success, and we especially appreciate the partners and sponsors whose financial support made the event possible.  These include partners: Orange/Gordonsville Pharmacy, University Tire & Auto, EZ Performance Center, as well as sponsors: American Woodmark, MPS, Virginia Tractor, Clore’s Automotive, Edward Jones-Jeff Earnhardt, Grelen Nursery, Inn at Westwood Farm, Inn at Willow Grove, Jack Samuels Realty, Mason Insurance Agency, Orange Madison COOP, Orange Tire Inc., Pro Collision Center, Purcell Custom Firearms Shop, and The Lightwell/Willow Spring Brewery/Beggars Banquet.  The event was also supported by a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality grant.

We would also like to thank the Landfill staff for their gracious logistical support and for hosting the event and the Orange County Litter Control Committee for logistical and financial support.

We appreciate those that volunteered, supported, and attended this event and hope that the collection of these tires will help create a cleaner Orange County.  While we hope to hold the event again, the ability to host it is based on sponsorship and grant support, so we advise that residents do not collect tires on their property in anticipation of another amnesty day.  The disposal fee at the landfill is just $2.50 per tire (for the first ten), and prompt disposal helps prevent the negative effects of tire collection, such as mosquito breeding.