JOC and Local Kids Team Up to Clean Up The Lox
Flip-flops, plastic containers, shirts, bait bags, candy wrappers, bottle tops — and a five-foot-long chunk of PVC pipe — were hauled from the Loxahatchee River on Wednesday by the Kids Conservation Club.
“Turtles, fish or other animals could have been injured eating this trash. It also teaches children to respect the river environment,” said Christie Nelson, who did the trash-collecting paddle to the second dam and back with her son Isaac.
Jupiter Outdoor Center donated the dozen kayaks for about 12 children and their parents for the adventure. JOC also donates one hour of free canoe time on Wednesday mornings to paddlers who bring a plastic bag with them to collect trash during their paddle on the river.
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“It’s a privilege and an honor for the Jupiter Outdoor Center to be a steward for The Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River. We do our best to instill a sense of reverence for the river to all the children in our youth programs and to anyone we put out on the river. We live and love the Lox!,” said Rick Clegg, owner of JOC.
Plucking trash from behind fallen trees, on the surface and in bushes, the children were glad to help keep the river clean.
“It’s important to protect the fish and the other animals,” said Isaac.
The children, many on their first paddling tour, were amazed to see turtles sunning themselves. They reached out to touch the cypress tree knees as they floated by. They asked questions about swamp lillies, pond apples and other colorful plants.
“We’re going to come back again. What a fantastic way to spend time with your children,” said another parent.