Headquarters of the clean-up effort
A lot of trash was recovered from the Duck River, Saturday, 25 June 2011. Over 200 volunteers were involved in this yearly service project, making our little river a cleaner and better place to enjoy. Thanks to all, and let’s get the word out to Protect the Duck!
The Duck River is a little healthier, now!
Tires and Furniture recovered from the Duck River
Saturday, 25 June 2011, is the annual cleanup of the Duck River throughout Bedford County. A light breakfast will be served. Volunteers will be given their assignments and cleanup will begin. Those who own boats should bring them, but all are welcome. The meeting address is 308 South Main Street (south of the Fly Arts bldg. and south of the Utility bldg). Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Free T-shirts will be given to all participants. Call (931) 684-3398 or (931) 684-1693 for more information.
The Shelbyville Times-Gazette newspaper’s Sunday edition will feature the Duck River Clean-Up effort. Check it out or get you a copy!
RailRoad Bridge over Duck River
Yeah…some folks are crazy…and one song says, “…crazy after all those years”. What do you expect? Gorging oneself before Christmas until New Year‘s day; watching football games from lunch to bedtime; enjoying friends and family at the many ‘get togethers'; after a while you just got to ‘ let it out’! One cannot stay ‘cooped up’ and confined but so long. Then when the sun illuminates everything within sight, you must get out and enjoy it all!
The Duck River Paddlers only had two brave (crazy) members willing to ‘bring in’ the New Year on Sunday, 2 Jan. 2011. Too bad, because we had a marvelous time! Ok, we only saw two little ducks, two duck hunters in a flat boot, one fly fisherman, one blue heron, and a few daring souls walking a section of the shoreline. But the constant changing views on the river was energizing. The Duck River revealed to us a little different part of its nature, with tributarial creeks unleashing copious amounts of water into the river, larger swirling eddies, sounds of water falling from bluffs, and new tides mimicking those on the ocean.
Alright, said…and by the way, Happy New Year and War Eagle!
The Duck River was ‘up’ this past Sunday and the river was so friendly. The hues and textures of the fall leaves plus the increased movement of the water flowing downstream made it a most wonderful float. Brian and I put in at Cortner’s Mill Dam. We floated past the railroad bridge, Dement Bridge, and on to Three Forks. The water temperature was naturally cool, but not uncomfortable. Some of the class two rapids had an increased flow and Brian claimed a couple of them had temporarily become class three’s. Our first Owl sighting between Dement Bridge and Three Forks, occurred. Later, after looking up Owls that are indigenous to our area of Tennessee, it was determined that we saw a Barred Owl! This one did not hoot. It released a frightening screech, flew across our bow, and went out of sight. Later in our float a Great Blue Heron appeared and lead us on our way down the river. Every few hundred or so yards, this modern day dinosaur would land, wait for us, then gracefully lift off and soar ahead, as to ‘guide’ us to our destination. Our kayaks maneuvered between the eddies, rapids, and fallen tree limbs, and I cannot recollect how many times the both of us remarked that we were definitely blessed!
The mostly free flowing Duck River is the longest river located entirely within the state of Tennessee (U.S.). What is visible on the surface is only a small portion of what is actually there. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Duck River is one of three hot spots for fish and mussel diversity in the entire world. It is home to over 50 species of freshwater mussels and over 150 species of fish, exemplifying it’s claim as one of the most unique rivers in the U.S. and North America. As it meanders 269 miles (433 km) through Middle Tennessee, the Duck River is also one of the state’s most scenic waterways. Notice the article in the February 2010 issue of National Geographic that emphasizes this point.
Just as significant, the Duck River is also the sole water source for over 250,000 people in Middle Tennessee. The middle Tennessee cities of Manchester, Shelbyville, Columbia, and Centerville are just some of the populated areas that rely on the Duck River for their essential water needs. The water quality of the Duck River is crucial for animals, for people, and for the many local economies alike.
‘Blessed’ are we that God has given to us this water that sustains physical life.
Shara Gardner says, “If you want to learn about yourself,
go spend time with water.”
Through flickr.com, I have added (with the help of my wife, Cindi) some new pics. Also the new ‘Southside Navy’ image that Brian designed for all of us ‘paddlers’ is suitable for viewing. Brian procured through the services of his brother in law, Buddy Hart, this nifty image on a peel off sticker. If you want your Southside Navy sticker, please see Brian or Beth Nicholson. Thanks Brian!
All friends of the Southside church of Christ and/or the Duck River are welcome to ‘drop in’ to our new blog. We wish to get everyone to enjoy the experiences of fellowship on the Duck River. We will be teaching about river safety and of ways to leave the Duck River cleaner than when we found it.
Rod and Brian test their new Kayaks