More Work To Do!
By Jerry Cegelske
March 27, 2006
Two years ago one of the people helping collect junk and trash
by Mud Bight, Whipple Spur and several other areas of North Tongass
asked why they were cleaning up North Tongass when they worked
near South Tongass. This year we have the North Tongass
and Revilla Road Clean-ups scheduled for April 15, 2006 at 9:00
a.m. and again S. Tongass is ignored- until now.
Junk vehicles &
parts by shore.
The reason we have waited on South Tongass is that the project
is so large. If you just drive S. Tongass it looks pretty
good, but the real problems are hidden from view down along the
shoreline hidden in the trees and alders. Since the problems
were greater than what the Borough could handle at this time,
the Borough Manager and Borough assembly directed the seeking
of funds to correct the problem. In February we sought
funding for a grant from the Southeast Alaska Coastal Conservation
Program and the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.
Today a letter was received from Neil Stichert, Habitat Restoration
Biologist and Southeast Alaska Coastal Program Coordinator, U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, Juneau about the grant request. Neil informed
the Borough that the Whitman Creek-South Tongass Cleanup was
funded for the fully requested level of $35,000.
The $35,000 sounds like a lot of money for a cleanup, but most
of the funds will be used to remove the junk cars, metal and
appliances that have been dumped in the sites over the years
which volunteers cannot do. When I asked a local contractor
about getting an estimate of the cost of removal and started
to describe the locations, he laughed and said he was familiar
with the area.
What is needed to make this project a success is the volunteer
assistance of the Citizens of Ketchikan to help clean up the
materials left behind after the major junk and trash is removed.
We need to provide matching funds in the form of volunteer labor
hours in cleaning up these and the remaining areas of Whitman
Creek and South Togass that will not be the focus of heavy
As can be seen by the photographs, we hope to remove the source
of pollution of the waters of George Inlet by removing the
vehicles along with their fuel tanks, oil in their engines, antifreeze
and other pollutants that have been or will be leaking out of
the vehicles and appliances.
Your assistance is needed to help make this a successful project.
If you haven't participated in a Clean-up, try volunteering for
one- you will be surprised by how much fun you have and
the feeling of accomplishment and contributing to the community
you have earned.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Jerry Cegelske is a
Code Enforcement Officer with the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.
Bones and other trash
Mound of Vehicles to
Stove and mattress
Truck disposed of near
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