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Poropotank River Paddle

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Members of the YRSCB Roundtable steering committee and guests met at Tanyard's Landing on the morning of September 23 to experience the tidal freshwater marshes of the Poropotank River in Gloucester County. Shannon Alexander from Bay Country Kayaking met the group with kayaks before setting out on a beautiful fall paddle.


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"Thank you for a great day out on the river! It was fun and relaxing to get out and enjoy the watershed that all of us work hard to protect. I was impressed by how clean the water and shoreline was on the river."

~LaVerne Calhoun, Tidewater SWCD District Manager


"What a wonderful experience to be out on the water on Tuesday.  Shannon is such an excellent guide, showing us eagle’s nests, telling us about the local tie-in to Bacon’s rebellion, telling me how to turn the paddle to navigate the turns through the marsh.  We saw how the marsh opens up to embayments before joining the York River.  It was quite exhilarating!"

~Denise Mosca


"Thank you for giving me the chance to be a part of the Poropotank paddler trip. It was a great opportunity for me to learn some history about the river and see some wildlife I had never seen before outside of a Zoo. I was also fortunate enough to have my first Kayaking experience which I very much enjoyed. If anything else comes up and I am available I look forward to joining you in the festivities."

~Ivan Shelton, York County Environmental Specialist


"Thanks so much for a great day on the water. I also enjoyed hearing about Bacon’s Rebellion.  I had a really good time and I am sharing pictures."

~Rene’ Moring


"For a first paddle on the Poropotank, I don’t think it gets much better! My favorite part was the “magical” marsh-reed cut through back to the boat ramp. I really loved kayaking through the twisty-turning path."

~Margaret Smigo, DEQ


"It was great to see such a pristine watershed in the York River basin, with healthy buffers and very little of the invasive phragmites.  It was cool to see the new style of oyster floats at the mouth of the river, too.  Overall, a fine day to learn more about the watershed and get some good exercise while doing so."

~May Sligh, DEQ and York Roundtable Coordinator


"I really enjoyed being able to see the controversial Oysterplex and oyster cages that the Anderson Neck Oyster Company has put out at the mouth of the river.  I also enjoyed hearing about Bacon’s Rebellion. I must admit I hadn’t heard the whole story about him except that his grave was a fake.  I commend Shannon for remembering and re-telling that history so well. I also very much enjoyed hearing about the harvesting of periwinkles and their potential as a free (at least for now) food source."

~Anne Ducey-Ortiz, Director Gloucester Planning and Zoning




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