Pete Eshelman, director of outdoor branding for the Roanoke Regional Partnership, posted this shot on his Facebook wall this morning. Those of you who have been to the Roanoke River this week, be it to fish (it was stocked with trout early this week) or to use the Greenway, have seen this.
The trees along the river bank are filled with trash as a result of the recent flood. I am not a supporter of plastic grocery bag bans, but when you see something like this you get a good idea just what a mess bags and other plastic trash can make when the items are not recycled or properly disposed of.
Anyway, Pete tagged me in his post and said, “How about a blog posting on this?” I am going to do him one better.
I have a story to write this morning. When I’m done I’m headed to the river with my waders, my extendable pole trimmer (to reach into the trees) and some garbage bags.
I won’t be able to do much on my own, but a little is better than nothing. This is too ugly to put up with until Clean Valley Day later this spring.
I would like to invite anyone who isn’t busy this afternoon to join me for a couple hours. I will bring the Gatorade.
Rendezvous time is 1330 (that’s 1:30 p.m. for you non-military types) in the parking lot behind the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road.
For those who can’t make it today I think there might be some more clean-ups planned for this weekend. You can likely find the info on the Roanoke Outside Facebook page.
Hope to see at least a couple of you this afternoon!