This week, in addition to filling a bag with things the road slobs left on my road-side woodlot, I’m dealing with a boat that floated down from Lake Minnehonk into the brook behind my house last spring. The left side of the boat got stove in on the rocks.
I assume the owner looked for the boat, saw that it was wrecked, and decided to leave it for someone else to deal with. Local game warden Ethan Buuck checked it out for me, but was unable to identify an owner. I did appreciate his effort though.
Now, I’m working to get it out of the brook, through the woods, and up to the transfer station, although I don’t yet know if they’ll take it. Another option would be to move it to the mouth of the pond, where the brook enters Hopkins Pond, and hope it floats out into the pond next spring and sinks. Right now there isn’t enough water in the brook to allow me to easily move it toward the pond.
I hope you’re going to join us in the Keep Maine Clean program, launched this fall by the Maine Resource Recovery Association. James Cote and I are working on the program, along with Shelby Wright, Director of Communications and Development for the MRRA.
Keep Maine Clean will build an army of good folks who pick up trash along our roads and highways, something I’ve been doing for years in Mount Vernon. Regular readers of this column know that I’ve been writing about road slobs, and the proposed Keep Maine Clean program, for years, since Tom Doak of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine and I came up with the idea.
The Maine Resource Recovery Association is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Bangor whose membership includes 162 Maine towns and cities along with recycling and waste-management businesses. It’s a perfect place to house the program.
Throughout the winter we’re working to build the list of participants in the program, which will officially launch next spring. You can sign up by emailing Shelby at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please join our Keep Maine Clean group on Facebook.
In addition to a regular newsletter, participants will enjoy a monthly contest with prizes for the most unusual items picked up that month.
Meanwhile, I’m open to suggestions for how to deal with this abandoned boat.