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Brian Alexander: Strainer has Russell Creek waterway blocked

A Heads up for Canoers and Kayakers on Russell Creek condition.
Click on headline for story, some thoughts and questions. With photo(s)

By Ed Waggener

Brian Alexander sent this notice last night, Sat 13 May 2017, at 10:44pmCT, "I just wanted to let kyaker and canoers that a strainer is forming in Russell Creek just below the Henson bottoms between the Bypass bridge and Pelham Bridge. It has the waterway completely blocked."

Because canoeing/kayaking is now a major recreational sport enjoyed by a perhaps the fast growing leisure time activity in area, notices such as this one will be of growing importance; our thanks to Brian Alexander for the alert.


It also raises the questions.

Will the strainer be left to nature to clear?

Or does the responsibility fall to a government agency? Now of a road or highway department? Tomorrow a responsibility of an adequately funded Parks & Recreation Commission? If not, should it? Or do private groups of boaters and/or agricultural groups take care of the situation? If anyone has answers, or comments, we hope they will share their thoughts.

Kayaking/canoeing is today an important part of healthy living and quality of life in the area.

Because of that, the sport is an engine of economic development, too, regardless of the number of people engaged commercially.


This story was posted on 2017-05-14 06:06:23
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Strainer blocks Russell Creek between Bypass & PB Bridges



2017-05-14 - Russell Creek Waterway between AC Veterans Memorial Bypass Bridge Henson Bottom area and Pelham Branch Road Bridge - Photo by Brian Alexander.
A Heads up for Canoers and Kayakers on Creek Condition. Notice received at 10:44pm, Sat 13 May 2017: Just wanted to let kyaker and canoers that a strainer is forming in Russell Creek just below the Henson bottoms between the Bypass bridge and Pelham Bridge. It has the waterway completely blocked. Thanks. - BRIAN ALEXANDER. Paired photo

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