we suffered none of the above emergencies during our participation in the 3rd annual Tuckasegee Clean up….but we definitely were aware of all three during our collection of thirteen bags of trash, three tires, a bicycle frame, rusted grill and other assortment of collectables found on the banks of the Tuckasegee River.  And of course we left the first aid kit in the van!

The ERA raft laden with treasures

The ERA raft laden with treasures

Sponsored by WATR (a grassroots organization working to improve the water quality and habitat of the Tuckasegee River), the ERA crew joins up with a small but enthusiastic group that meets every year to clean up the Tuckasegee River through Bryson City.  Where the Tuckasegee Gorge clean up averages about 300 participants, the Tuck-Town averages about twenty. But fueled by a desire for a cleaner backyard and the pizza dinner at the end of the clean up, the group scoures the river from above Bryson City to below, collecting up trash accumulated from flooding, business trash, fishermen’s left overs and upstream deposits that travel down the river.

Jess finishing up another day's work

Jess finishing up another day

At the end of an evening, a dirty, tired, wet group finishes up and with well-deserved pride looks back at their back yard river knowing it looks just a bit better after all that hard work.