Category: pollution


Adopt a Highway Clean 8/31/12

 

Hey folks,

We decided to do a road clean today for our adopted section of the road Belgravia instead of the river clean. We are looking to do the river clean planned sometime this weekend, but it seemed like a good day to just spend some time outside fulfilling our prior commitments. I took to the road with a bunch of trash bags, a four wheeler, a stick with a nail in it and some water and ended up with two bags full of trash (mainly beer cans) and two tires. I got some great pictures and also found a dump site that probably has 20 bags worth of trash waiting to be picked up, but it looked oddly like a rattlesnake den so I figured I would wait until I had someone around me to drive me to the hospital if need be. Until next time, enjoy our pictures and stay tuned.

-Captain

Hey folks,

We finally got the second part of our mono-bin project completed. What are mono bins you say? Well, they are handy tubes placed at highly fished areas for fisherman to put their old fishing line into instead of throwing it into the river to entangle wildlife or other passers by. We have so far got 3 of these things instaled on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and they are at Meems Bottom, Chapman Landing, and Catlett Landing. We hope to continue to build and place these things al along the Shenandoah at all of the public and not so public fishing spots. We would like to give a big thank you to DGIF,  and Friends Of the North Fork for coming together on this project to make it a success, and also a big thank you to Mr. Jack Chapman for being willing to monitor these things all year long.

That’s the latest from Earth Korps, be sure to get your pre-sale tickets to Belgravia Beer and Wine Festival while they are still cheap at http://www.earthkorps.org and remember if you would like to be a volunteer of Earth Korps please send and e-mil to earthkorps@yahoo.com and we will gladly add you name to the list. Thanks

-Captain

4/20/12 River Clean

 

Hey folks,

We heard through the grapevine that it was going to rain this weekend so we went out and did a little clean today. Nothing fancy, just 2 canoes, but with those 2 boats we got amazing pictures and ideas for access points for future cleans and also removed 5 tires, a dryer, a big tarp, a tail light, a Red Seal snuff sign and a bunch of other stuff. As always please enjoy our pictures and keep posted on upcoming cleans and events for you to join.

-Captain

River Trash Pics 4/15/2012

Hey everybody,

Hope everyones weekend was spectacular, ours sure was. We got another 600 pounds of trash out of the river including  13 tires, a big metal seat out of a skid loader, and about 15 bags of random river trash. We had quite a few volunteers show up this weekend. Thanks to everyone who showed up. Also like to give a big thank you to the Downstream Project who is currently sponsoring us in doing a short film about trash removal in the Shenandoah. We’re hoping to put together some epic cleans for them to film. Folks we will be cleaning the river every Sunday from  here on out at 10:00 A.M. so make sure to check us out on Facebook for the location which we are trying to get a little further out for you than a week but we are busy busy right now. As always enjoy our pics.

-Captain

Hey folks,

We hope that everyone had a great Christmas and as the year draws to a close we thought that we’d go back and take a look at all of the crazy things that we got ourselves into during this year. It seems like we just get busier and busier the further we go along. This year we obviously were in up to our eyeballs in river trash but we also adopted 30 miles of the Shenandoah River, 3 miles of highway, started an entirely new part to the organization with the mono-filament project, made some great new partners and sponsors, put several new kids through community service projects, broke our own record of amount of trash puled from the river, added 3 new members to the Earth Korps family and even brought some of the greatest bands from near and far together to put on a heck of a show for our fans. 2011 I hope you feel that we were good to you because you were certainly good to us. Also and most importantly we’d like to again thank anyone and everyone who supports what we do be it in monetary contribution, lending us the things we need to get the job done, lending us your backs, or just for patting us on the back. The people are what makes this thing work and I’d like to thank you all sincerely. That being said, please enjoy a few pictures here as we recap just some of the things we have done this year.

-Captain

Well folks,

I finally caught up with the good people at Magazine 33 and they sent me a copy of their issue featuring The Shenandoah Riverside Festival this past year. It is an awesome article and they got some really awesome pictures. Check it out and tell us what you think! Tell everyone you know!

Heres the link

-Captain

Hey everyone,

Sorry for the delay. We have had a very busy week. First we participated in the metro areas GIVE TO THE MAX DAY which was awesome and allowed us to raise about another $100 towards the cause of cleaning up the Shenandoah River. Thank you to everyone who donated their time and eyes to read about what we’re doing and thanks to everyone who donated and continued to show support for what we do.

Also, I was able to get materials donated for us to put up 3 monofilament recycling stations along the North Fork. For those of you who do not know what monofilament is, it is a fancy word for fishing line. So now at certain high traffic fishing areas you will see these tubes for folks to put their old fishing line in so that we don’t have to be tangling up animals unnecessarily. We hope to have this project underway and these bins being installed in a matter of a few weeks. ( by we, I mean Earth Korps Inc and Friends of the North Fork.

By the way we’d like to give a big thank you to C.E. Thompson and Sons Inc in Edinburg for donating the materials for this project. We appreciate your support and hope to continue working together toward cleaning up our town and our watershed.

Keep your eyes posted for upcoming events and river/road cleans. P.S. we won’t be doing a whole lot of river cleaning during hunting season. You understand right!!

-Captain

 

Hey Folks,

Sorry, been very busy over here in Earth Korps land and the Captain is also getting ready to kick off his legendary Belgravia Haunted Mansion this Friday the 21st. As you may remember we partnered with Friends of the North Fork for their annual Fall clean and boy did they have a lot of volunteers show up so we have some great pics for you. As always we hope you enjoy our work, keep passing the word on and make sure you come by for Belgravia Haunted Mansion.

-Captain

Hey folks,

I finally got a chance to get these weights for you from our clean the other day. It looks like the final take was 320 pounds of recyclables plus about 150 pounds of metal bringing our total to 470 pounds of trash INcluding 7 tires and a peck deck machine! Not bad for the short amount of time it took to find that stuff.  Persay it took us an hour to find that and lets just round up to 500 pounds for math’s sake. of 10 people did what we just did once a week that would be 5,000 pounds of trash from the river a week, 20,000 pounds of trash a month, that would be 240,000 pounds of trash from the Shenandoah River a year. If only 10 people committed themselves to doing this and helping out. WOW! The numbers are incredible. Well, until next time keep on reading and supporting your local non-profit.

-Captain

Hey Folks,

I just received a rather large package in the mail yesterday from the department of conservation and recreation. Inclosed were certificates of appreciation for stewardship to Virginia signed by Governor McDonnell for me to hand out to anyone who has helped out on river cleans  with Earth Korps. So that being said, If you have  in fact helped Earth Korps out in any way just send an e-mail to earthkorps@yahoo.com reminding me on your contribution and I will have one of these sent your way as soon as possible! Frame it, put it up on your office. It’s a great accomplishment and should be brandished  proudly.

Thanks everyone for all the support we receive, keep reading the blogs and keep showing up to clean the river and we might just have a chance at restoring our watershed back to her natural beauty.

-Captain

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