green (eco friendly) living: part 8

I have a bone to pick with you. Well, not YOU personally, but people in general. Alright, read on….

This summer we have a river camp. It’s a place where we can go to get away from the hot, humid and oppressive Midwestern heat. We BBQ, make drinks, watch my chocolate lab stay wet 23 hours of the day and it’s a wonderful place for kids to play and get into slight mischief.

This weekend the river was UP! This means and any River Rat will tell you, that natural debris (giant trees and logs) fills the mighty Ohio and trash will wash up onto your camp.

Good grief, the sheer volume of trash.In my zest to be more eco-friendly I will tell you I still love jet skiing and boating. I do!! But I get enraged when I see boaters that toss TRASH over the side of their boat into the river.

Empty motor oil containers do not go in the river. Milk cartons, coke bottles, laundry detergent, cans, plastic tampon applicators, diapers, comet bottles, DO NOT GO IN THE RIVER. Now I’ve already asked Mother Nature to please forgive me when sometimes an item catches wind and is hurled into the air out into the river. But it is not because I lazily tossed it in there.


Here the hubby is raking the natural debris up onto the river bank.


Wait. Did I say natural debris?


Somewhere that Native American Indian guy is crying.


This stack of wood I CARRIED over by myself. You should see my guns. We’ll use this for firewood.


My chocolate labbie had to crawl over sticks and tree limbs to get into the water! Dangerous!

We filled a hefty size garbage liner with plastic trash. Neighbors came by and asked why we were cleaning as the river had not yet finished rising. So that means the next day it would be full of debris and trash again. We just figured there is ONE bag of trash that won’t ever be in the river.

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  1. sticky
    sticky says:

    Is that the Ohio River? Regardless, it is totally saddening to see it so abused. We all need to work really hard to be better stewards of our rivers. Thanks so much for cleaning the bank:)

    BTW, cool lab, we have a chocolate, as well(Willis).


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