OTWAY — Friends of Scioto Brush Creek member Ed Paul, a lifetime resident of the watershed, avid fisherman and paddler, learned about a monofilament fishing line recycling program called “Reel In & Recycle.”
The program was created by BoatUS Foundation with funding from the NOAA Marine Debris program and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Together these organizations have helped establish a network of over 2000 monofilament recycling bins across the country to make proper disposal of monofilament more accessible.
Paul suggested that the Scioto Brush Creek watershed could benefit from this program, which would keep used and discarded fishing line from entangling local wildlife and keep trash out of the watershed.
Paul volunteered to build three recycling stations and install them in the SBC watershed.
“Permission to install the stations was obtained from the Brush Creek Township trustees, Otway Historical and Covered Bridge Society and watershed resident,” Paul said. “The stations can be found at the Otway Covered Bridge, Brush Creek Township Community Park, and along the path that leads to the creek near the St. Rt. 104 bridge at Rushtown.”
The recycling stations will be monitored by FoSBC volunteers and emptied of discarded fishing line as needed. The fishing line will then be sent to, Berkley Recycling, Spirit Lake, Iowa, where it will be used to manufacture park benches and fish habitats.
The fish habitats are used to improve aquatic ecosystems by providing cover for fish and support for aquatic vegetation.
YouTube video on Berkley’s recycling program online at http://www.berkley-fishing.com/Berkley-recycling.htmlq=monofilament+recycling&fdid=Berkley
Additional online information at http://www.boatus.org/monofilament/
Founded in 1997 the Friends of Scioto Brush Creek, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit watershed organization whose mission is to protect and maintain Scioto Brush Creek through education, awareness and involvement of local residents.
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