The famed Monument Pool on the Delaware River is quite a bit cleaner now than it was in mid-August, before a group of volunteer anglers descended on the river and yanked out several tons of garbage.
So named because it flows near the stone monument marking the boundary between New York and Pennsylvania, the Monument Pool had become a destination for illegal dumping. When volunteers first showed up for the clean-up operation, it looked like it might be an all-day event, but hard work from these folks had the river cleaned up in about two hours and the Monument Pool once again looking like a great fishing destination rather than a hidden location to discard trash.
Several volunteers from area Trout Unlimited chapters joined volunteers from several other groups, and together, they nearly filled a 30-yard dumpster full of discarded waste. Using flat-bottomed duck boats and vehicles with winches, about 30 volunteers pulled a lot of heavy garbage up the steep bank of the river and disposed of it.
TU chapters participating included the Stanley Cooper Chapter, the Pike/Wayne Chapter,
the New York City Chapter, the Long Island Chapter and the Upper Delaware Chapter. Other groups involved included the West Branch Angler, Friends of the Upper Delaware River and East Branch Outfitters.
Landowner and local historian Karl Egner of Sherman, Penn., was on the scene to express his gratitude and talked about steps that would be taken to prevent future illegal dumping and to prosecute any offenders.