So Local Pasco Podcast, April 12th, 2016. Anclote River Cleanup Edition

I was in Atlanta, working, for a week in 1984.  I was staying at a nice hotel.  I went to the lobby restaurant for breakfast, and they had CNN on over the bar.  I was casually lounging, and glanced up at the TV…I got the shock of my young life.  They were showing flooding in Pasco County, Florida, along the Anclote River.  There, talking over his fence to a reporter, waist deep in the blackwater, was my grandfather, holding his little yellow dog, Spice.  WOW!

The generated a fast call home, let me tell you!  Everyone was fine, their house was high, it was just the road OUT that got covered.  They lived there, at the end of Elfers Parkway, on a bend in the Anclote River for several more years.

The river is a bit of a mystery, to most Pasco residents…Except for the part that flows under US19, most folks have hardly seen it.  It meanders 29 miles from springs and ponds near Starkey Park, all the way to the Gulf in Tarpon Springs.

This weekend, a dedicated group of volunteers would like YOUR help to clean up a particularly littered stretch of the river, from Celtic Drive Bridge downstream.  This stretch of the river is actually quite beautiful, with white sand, giant cypress trees, hickory and other hardwood hammocks along the way.

Click on the image below to join and help!  The river needs you!

This Saturday, 8am to 12pm, help clean up a beautiful river!
This Saturday, 8am to 12pm, help clean up a beautiful river!
A surprisingly beautiful river, the Anclote is in need of MUCH cleanup work.
A surprisingly beautiful river, the Anclote is in need of MUCH cleanup work. (Photo credit Shannon Hernandez)
Celtic is on the SOUTH side of 54, just west of Rowan/Seven Springs Blvd
Celtic is on the SOUTH side of 54, just west of Rowan/Seven Springs Blvd

Contact the folks at the link above….They always need more boats, canoes, and kayaks, trash bags, and folks to help out!

~Greg

 

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