It began with a plan...

(Formerly the Durbin Creek Wilderness Society)

This project began May 1st, 2011 when Eric Bersinger and Josh Woods paddled Durbin Creek and made the decision to "re-open" the "Historic Bartram Canoe Trail" of log-jams, fallen trees and get rid of illegally dumped materials around the Bartram Canoe Trail Park and launch area. In January 2012, Chris Naff, a St. Johns County Firefighter, joined us for some time. Chris is now the owner of River to Sea Kayak and a Level 4 ACA Instructor at Riverwind Kayak.

...We are the Waterway Stewards of Durbin Creek... volunteer citizens making a difference...

We are the recipients of the prestigious "2012 Green Paddle Award for Waterway Conservation" Presented by The American Canoe Association for outstanding contribution to paddlesport by protecting America's Waterways.

We are the recipients of the 2013 "In The Trenches Award" presented by The Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida. Our award was given during the 22nd annual Mayors Environmental Awards luncheon with this years theme, Advancing Environmental Stewardship.

..for contact information about this, donation based, conservation, restoration and clean-up non-profit organization, The Clean Waterway Society, Inc email: bartramcanoetrail@yahoo.com

..while viewing our blog..note there are several pages of "older posts" to check out...


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Durbin Creek Crisis Summer 2014

Roger Linville and some friends tried to paddle the Bartram Canoe
 Trail yesterday. This is just one 400 foot section of complete
 coverage. This is the sad reality of this environmental
disaster due to an invasive plant overgrowth of
water hyacinths..
...No one knows how this will end...

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Bartram Canoe Trail-Summer 2014 Update

..Nice to find the wooden trash can housing smashed in by someone,
our wooded hand launch sign was smashed, broken and tossed in the
 woods and the picnic table boards are smashed and broken...

..Summer water levels still on the low side, dependent on more
 summer rains, Durbin Creek is in water hyacinth overgrowth
 crisis this summer. You can't paddle more than about a
 mile from the launch now...

..2 citizen volunteers have been cleaning the park and
 maintaining the trash can going on our 4th year..

Here comes Bartram Creek subdivision, 1 block from Durbin Creek,
there goes the neighborhood!...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Meet Doug Andrews..."The Silver Fox"

Our friend Doug Andrews lives deep in the Ocala National Forest,
he builds canoes, paddles, knives and small animal figures...

 ..His shop in the woods..
Doug is a member of The White Buffalo Society, he attends many
 Pow Wows and Native American gatherings..

 ..Doug teaching Matt and Lindsey about knife making..
Lindsey Larson is a family member of Doug and our
 connection to this amazing craftsman..

..Picking up our paddles day! Left to right the paddles are Eric's
Malecite & Fort William, Matt's Tahitian, Doug's Fort William in
 Black Walnut and Lindsey's Eskimo Kayak Paddle, all of ours
 are Western Red Cedar, a very special wood...

...This is Doug's view directly next to his home and shop
looking toward the north...a very special place
 lives this very special man...

Monday, June 2, 2014

...Fire brings new life...

 ..visit Julington-Durbin Preserve...

 .St. Johns River Water Management District conducts
regular prescribed burns in the Sand Hill regions...


 ..the most tangible of all visible mysteries-Fire..
-Leigh Hunt

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Durbin Creek is in Trouble!

Sundays attempt to remove this mass has been cancelled.
The hyacinth overgrowth has become too intense to remove by hand.
The hyacinth areas begin well before the Clog at the JEA Power
 lines causing us great concern for our ability to paddle
the creek and the health of the Bartram Canoe Trail.
April 7th we cleared half the waterway, 6 weeks later
it's our worst nightmare...
..we need some help here....

Monday, May 19, 2014

...Solo hike to "The Clog"...May 18th 2014..

..this is how it looks as of yesterday, I've never seen the
hyacinth overgrowth this bad ever. We're going to need an 
army to hand cut and remove this mass of vegetation if anyone
wants to paddle Durbin Creek again...

..I hiked from the north through the swamp to see the clog
 condition just as these 3 warriors were plowing through.
They were paddling to Clarks Fish Camp...
The average paddler could not get through this,
..this is the recurring nightmare of Durbin Creek...
 
 ..a fence lizard hunting on the edge of the forest...

..dragons were everywhere...

..a sand hill pond awaits the next rainstorm...

Saturday, May 17, 2014

..Our New Logo...

Mega thanks to David B. Lee
DBL Creative / Design
David Lee is based out of Jacksonville Beach with 
over 13 years of expertise with The Robin Shepherd Group
 as a Designer and Group Director
Please visit dbldesign.net

Monday, May 12, 2014

"The Clog" is Back!!!

Paddler Alert!!
...The water hyacinth mass has grown across Durbin Creek
at the JEA power lines again. Due to no tree cover and 
full sunshine this plant growth has exploded.
We will be back soon to work on this mess...

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Thanks Joe Butler!

 ..Nigel Law's presentation of his many great adventures
 on the water..

...Nigel Law, Joe Butler, Eric and Josh enjoying Black Creek
Outfitters monthly "Pint Night". We are most thankful to 
Black Creek Outfitters, Patagonia and Joe Butler for 
their combined fundraising efforts!...

Monday, April 7, 2014

Durbin Creek Clog 2014

 ..Durbin Creek is currently under attack again from surface
 covering plant overgrowth's, this is the view yesterday at
 the JEA power-lines. We cleared this clog originally
 in summer 2011...

 ...Authentic Grade ...

 ..Jim Woods is a human wrecking machine..

 ..Jim Woods, Brian Mc Hone and Josh using "our direct approach"..
Thanks to Matt Corby, North Florida Land Manager with St. Johns
 River Water Management District for providing access for us at
Sampson's Bridge for this project...

..This is an example of a typical tree fall across Durbin Creek
we'll be back soon to cut this and several more we've discovered
 west of the power line area so you can enjoy a carefree paddle...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April 2014 Art Walk


..Big thanks to everyone that came out to Art Walk...
Our continued celebration of Earth Day this year will be to
hand cut and remove a water hyacinth overgrowth covering 
the surface of Durbin Creek this Sunday morning..

Monday, March 31, 2014

Come check us out at Art Walk this Wednesday!

..Earth Without Art is Just "Eh"...
is months theme at Art Walk featuring Eco-friendly
 artists and organizations. We will be set up in Hemming Plaza.
Hope to see you there...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mark Your Calendars!

..Please come out and show your support for our 
Pint Night at Black Creek Outfitters
Thursday April 17th 6 to 9pm...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Pint Night at Black Creek Outfitters!!

www.savannahcanoeandkayak.com

...Eric hanging out with Nigel Law...

..Kristin and Nigel Law own and run Savannah Canoe & Kayak,
if you visit Savannah you have to stop in for a visit to
 their incredible shop!...

..Kayak Tours, Fishing Trips, Sea & Surf Kayak Classes,
SUP Tours and "Mega Brand" Surf Kayaks...

..We are asking all of our supporters to join us for "Pint Night" at 
Black Creek Outfitters, Thursday April 17th from 6 to 9 pm
featuring Nigel Law, Paddlesport Guru of the Georgia Barrier
 Islands, Sponsored by Outdoor Research, all proceeds to benefit 
The Clean Waterway Society....

Saturday, March 8, 2014

22nd Annual Mayor's Environmental Awards

.."In the Trenches Award"....The Clean Waterway Society..
..Josh and I proudly accepting our award from Andy Miller and
 Mayor Alvin Brown.. Our thanks to Andy Miller, Warren and Diana
 Anderson of The Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute
 for our award and their continued support...

..We found ourselves in good company alongside the winner 
of The Environmental Commitment Award, Tom Larson,
10 year chair of the Sierra Club of North East Florida. 
..Check out all of the photographs from the luncheon at 
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens at www.coj.net / flicker page..

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Jacksonville Zoo Shoreline Clean Up

..Visit the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Soon!...

 ..Eric and Josh with Bob Chabot, Director of Horticulture 
and Facilities on our initial planning day..

.."Zone 1"... 

..Jim Woods "wrecking Shop"..

..The crew wrapping up zone 1 area..

..Zone 2, the eastern coastal lagoon area...

..Many thanks to Mike Hodge, Facilities Supervisor and our All Star
Ruth's Chris Steak House Jacksonville Riverfront Crew, Shannon,
 Jim and Bryce Woods, Tyler Simons, Matt Mays, Lindsey Larson, 
Jesse, Rich Deluca, Rich Delong, Scott Aston
 and "The Beast" Raed Battah...

Monday, February 24, 2014

Quarantine Island Exploration

..Eric's solo canoe trip to survey coastal debris, New Berlin launch,
 Quarantine Island, also known as Bartram Island, north shore...

 ..the morning fog burning away..

...the mighty dames point bridge...

 ..this is the 2nd dead, banded, bird I've encountered.
This brown pelican was banded in early 2013 in North Carolina
 when it was too young to fly. Report dead, banded birds to
 The U.S. Geological Survey at reportband.gov...

 ..this island has a staggering amount of shoreline debris
both ends of the island are for dredge fill materials from Jaxport...

..the adventure machine....