It was a gorgeous fall day to be joined by GCP members
Ingrid Gennity, Keith Franklin, Susan Reycroft,
Michelle Francesco, John Simpkin & other friends at
the Foothills Conservancy Annual River Clean Up.
Leap frogging down the river bank we picked up
throngs of trash that included a lovely (so Iâ€™m told) roll of green carpet, the usual abandoned mattresses, a glut of cheap beer bottles & of course all the unmentionables found in the â€œcozyâ€ spots along the river shore.
Our host for the day was Foothills Conservancy Vice
President, Pete Bell, who was extremely pleased with the turnout from Gold Country Paddlers. Back at â€œbase campâ€ while we related our cleanup triumphs, Pete filled us in on a lifetime of river conservation. (Some of
which can be found here:
Pete went on to explain the reasons for the irregular
low flows on the Mokelumne this year, which included facilities maintenance by PG&E. And of course, some of us took full advantage to query Pete about the whitewater flows for Tiger Creek where we learned the impressive boater counts from last summerâ€™s releases are in the midst of being compiled and reported by BLM.
This information will be discussed among other managing agencies, interested parties and PG&E to further our flow opportunities on this stretch of the Mokelumne & others in the near future.
We ended the day at Mountain Mikeâ€™s where we ran
into our old Moke friends Rex & Marlene Gideon â€“ go
figure â€“ itâ€™s a small paddling world! Overall, in terms
of the Mokelumne River itself, the clean up was a great success. THANKS TO ALL OUR FINE VOLUNTEERS!
And Pete tells me for the next clean up the
Foothills Conservancy would like to coordinate with
GCP to provide a prize for the most unusual piece of
trash. Perhaps next year weâ€™ll find a lovely roll of orange shag carpet!