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(CNN)   CNN names an Illinois man who has made it his life's work to clear America's rivers of garbage as their Hero of the Year. Yes, he won the honor and $250,000 over a doctor, a veteran, and a man who transports children to chemotherapy   (cnn.com) divider line 45
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2013-11-20 12:31:56 AM
There's tons of the other three, but not a lot of bored dudes who pick up trash in the river.
 
2013-11-20 12:33:20 AM
The other three are just attention whores anyway ...
 
2013-11-20 12:54:47 AM
"Oh look I'm a doctor I can heal your wounds!" Pipe down Mr. Show off. You think you're better than me?
 
2013-11-20 01:15:27 AM
I won't get into the argument that he isn't the most deserving, they're all good people with good causes. But I do really appreciate his efforts. It's amazing what people will just throw wherever. Some mobster sinking a body in a river has more environmental sense than the suburban yahoos who rid themselves of old appliances and tires by clogging our waterways with crap.

I don't have many rivers near me but the litter on the roads to my house is getting out of hand, today I ran over a single-slice pizza box. I've been thinking about idling a truck down the side of the road and picking up crap because it bothers me so much. I just don't get these people that litter on the way to their houses and trashcans. They deserve to be belted.
 
2013-11-20 05:55:58 AM
Might have something to do with the fact that all the other guys are already getting paid fairly well to do their thing, and the money will actually probably increase the effectiveness of the activity in garbage dude's case where it wouldn't really make the others any better at their stuff.
 
2013-11-20 06:00:05 AM
Did he have to pay $50 before he picked up the garbage?
 
2013-11-20 06:02:16 AM
Was expecting a story about a man who sabotages jetskis.
 
2013-11-20 06:02:54 AM
Well the other three don't have to go through life being known as the guy who picks up garbage down by the river.

Jim_Callahan: Might have something to do with the fact that all the other guys are already getting paid fairly well to do their thing, and the money will actually probably increase the effectiveness of the activity in garbage dude's case where it wouldn't really make the others any better at their stuff.


And that's without even mentioning the getting laid factor.
 
2013-11-20 06:03:32 AM
That's a lot of waterways.
 
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2013-11-20 06:05:09 AM
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2013-11-20 06:14:25 AM
While he's doing something of a worthy cause, I wonder how much pollution all those outboard motors and their barge put out.
 
2013-11-20 06:46:06 AM
Good, I wish more people would take trash and litter seriously. I'm not some tree hugger but it's disturbing how some people just chuck stuff out of their car as they drive along or dump large items on the side of the road.

I used to take my dog to a small lake just outside of town to let him run around. It's pretty secluded and there would always be bags of trash and other items dumped around the area. I often wondered, how many dumpsters did these people have to drive past to come here and dump their trash? Makes no damn sense.
 
2013-11-20 07:06:55 AM
To be fair, it's CNN. Garbage is definitely their emphasis.
 
2013-11-20 07:10:17 AM

ReapTheChaos: Good, I wish more people would take trash and litter seriously. I'm not some tree hugger but it's disturbing how some people just chuck stuff out of their car as they drive along or dump large items on the side of the road.

I used to take my dog to a small lake just outside of town to let him run around. It's pretty secluded and there would always be bags of trash and other items dumped around the area. I often wondered, how many dumpsters did these people have to drive past to come here and dump their trash? Makes no damn sense.


it astounds me when you see an adult rip the cellophane and foil off their cigarettes and just drop them in the street. wtf? i wish I had the balls to confront them
 
2013-11-20 07:17:26 AM

Lady J: ReapTheChaos: Good, I wish more people would take trash and litter seriously. I'm not some tree hugger but it's disturbing how some people just chuck stuff out of their car as they drive along or dump large items on the side of the road.

I used to take my dog to a small lake just outside of town to let him run around. It's pretty secluded and there would always be bags of trash and other items dumped around the area. I often wondered, how many dumpsters did these people have to drive past to come here and dump their trash? Makes no damn sense.

it astounds me when you see an adult rip the cellophane and foil off their cigarettes and just drop them in the street. wtf? i wish I had the balls to confront them


I bet if someone ever confronted me about flicking my cigarette butt I'd be far less likely to do it in the future.

But it's never happened.
 
2013-11-20 07:19:33 AM
weaselzippers.us
"Wait....people actualy do work for awards? Suckers."
 
2013-11-20 07:30:01 AM

BioStormX: Lady J: ReapTheChaos: Good, I wish more people would take trash and litter seriously. I'm not some tree hugger but it's disturbing how some people just chuck stuff out of their car as they drive along or dump large items on the side of the road.

I used to take my dog to a small lake just outside of town to let him run around. It's pretty secluded and there would always be bags of trash and other items dumped around the area. I often wondered, how many dumpsters did these people have to drive past to come here and dump their trash? Makes no damn sense.

it astounds me when you see an adult rip the cellophane and foil off their cigarettes and just drop them in the street. wtf? i wish I had the balls to confront them

I bet if someone ever confronted me about flicking my cigarette butt I'd be far less likely to do it in the future.

But it's never happened.


so why do you chuck it on the floor now, if you know you shouldnt?
 
2013-11-20 07:38:54 AM
I don't like charities that single out veterans. Our current crop of veterans fought in wars that they should have known were bad for our country, because the military offered them pay and benefits that were quite competitive in this shiatty economy. That's not particularly heroic.

Garbage men, on the other hand, do a thankless job on which society depends. Hail garbage men!
 
2013-11-20 07:40:09 AM

BioStormX: Lady J: ReapTheChaos: Good, I wish more people would take trash and litter seriously. I'm not some tree hugger but it's disturbing how some people just chuck stuff out of their car as they drive along or dump large items on the side of the road.

I used to take my dog to a small lake just outside of town to let him run around. It's pretty secluded and there would always be bags of trash and other items dumped around the area. I often wondered, how many dumpsters did these people have to drive past to come here and dump their trash? Makes no damn sense.

it astounds me when you see an adult rip the cellophane and foil off their cigarettes and just drop them in the street. wtf? i wish I had the balls to confront them

I bet if someone ever confronted me about flicking my cigarette butt I'd be far less likely to do it in the future.

But it's never happened.


Stop being a butt-head. You give people a worse impression of smokers, if that's possible. Just stop.

/You might try quitting, it's like getting a raise. But in the meantime, quit littering.
 
2013-11-20 07:40:49 AM

BioStormX: I bet if someone ever confronted me about flicking my cigarette butt I'd be far less likely to do it in the future.

But it's never happened.


How about we compromise and call you a pussy for smoking filtered instead?  That way we peer-pressure you into producing/discarding butts that are reusable and biodegradable.
 
2013-11-20 07:52:03 AM

Chilkoot Charlie: BioStormX: Lady J: ReapTheChaos: Good, I wish more people would take trash and litter seriously. I'm not some tree hugger but it's disturbing how some people just chuck stuff out of their car as they drive along or dump large items on the side of the road.

I used to take my dog to a small lake just outside of town to let him run around. It's pretty secluded and there would always be bags of trash and other items dumped around the area. I often wondered, how many dumpsters did these people have to drive past to come here and dump their trash? Makes no damn sense.

it astounds me when you see an adult rip the cellophane and foil off their cigarettes and just drop them in the street. wtf? i wish I had the balls to confront them

I bet if someone ever confronted me about flicking my cigarette butt I'd be far less likely to do it in the future.

But it's never happened.

Stop being a butt-head. You give people a worse impression of smokers, if that's possible. Just stop.

/You might try quitting, it's like getting a raise. But in the meantime, quit littering.


Years ago, after having moved to Boston, I made some comment to a guy who had just tossed his cigarette filter on the ground.  BIG mistake.

/still have the scares
//to show
///from the slashies
 
2013-11-20 08:04:00 AM

BioStormX: Lady J: ReapTheChaos: Good, I wish more people would take trash and litter seriously. I'm not some tree hugger but it's disturbing how some people just chuck stuff out of their car as they drive along or dump large items on the side of the road.

I used to take my dog to a small lake just outside of town to let him run around. It's pretty secluded and there would always be bags of trash and other items dumped around the area. I often wondered, how many dumpsters did these people have to drive past to come here and dump their trash? Makes no damn sense.

it astounds me when you see an adult rip the cellophane and foil off their cigarettes and just drop them in the street. wtf? i wish I had the balls to confront them

I bet if someone ever confronted me about flicking my cigarette butt I'd be far less likely to do it in the future.

But it's never happened.


Took me two years of hounding to get my girlfriend to stop flicking butts out the car window. Now that shes stopped that I'm more gently trying to get her to quit.(I quit in 1999).

When I lived in the Martinsburg WV area, it was a running joke(not a funny one though) that as soon as you saw an appliance dumped on the side of the road there would be a mini-dump within a week. Followed three months later with a "NO DUMPING" sign.
 
2013-11-20 08:14:11 AM

Albinoman: While he's doing something of a worthy cause, I wonder how much pollution all those outboard motors and their barge put out.


Significantly less than the pollution used to make all the products that end up in the rivers and the pollution from the energy used to chuck it there in the first place.

If people would dispose of things properly the first time we could negate the need to use energy to clean the stuff up later, but we're talking about humans here: that's not going to happen.
 
2013-11-20 08:19:07 AM

superdude72: I don't like charities that single out veterans. Our current crop of veterans fought in wars that they should have known were bad for our country, because the military offered them pay and benefits that were quite competitive in this shiatty economy. That's not particularly heroic.


this. anyone I know who's in the military is there because they can't do anything else. not particularly heroic
 
2013-11-20 08:51:14 AM
FTFA:
"Through his nonprofit, Chad Pregracke has removed more than 7 million pounds of trash from U.S. waterways. "

Ok, that's impressive.
 
2013-11-20 08:59:29 AM
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I wish him luck.  These are some of the 127 tires that the Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance pulled out of a 3 - 4 mile section of creek this year.  We cover the same stretch every year.  I would like to kindly ask farkers to mention to your jackass friends who dispose of tires in rivers t kindly stop it.
 
2013-11-20 09:01:05 AM
He's preserving a natural resource.  The others (except maybe the veteran) are preserving humans.  Humans are worth far less than natural resources in the grand scheme of things.
 
2013-11-20 09:06:48 AM

fireclown: [scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x568]
I wish him luck.  These are some of the 127 tires that the Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance pulled out of a 3 - 4 mile section of creek this year.  We cover the same stretch every year.  I would like to kindly ask farkers to mention to your jackass friends who dispose of tires in rivers t kindly stop it.


You know what works?

Deposits on tires. We have that here as well as on the car batteries.

So we rarely see tires or car batteries lying at rest stops.
 
2013-11-20 09:25:32 AM
If this guy was unemployed, you all would say that he should take a job picking up garbage, it's honest labor. I bet none of you go around picking up garbage.

/yes, I have. I've even been paid for it.
 
2013-11-20 09:39:08 AM

violentsalvation: I won't get into the argument that he isn't the most deserving, they're all good people with good causes. But I do really appreciate his efforts. It's amazing what people will just throw wherever. Some mobster sinking a body in a river has more environmental sense than the suburban yahoos who rid themselves of old appliances and tires by clogging our waterways with crap.

I don't have many rivers near me but the litter on the roads to my house is getting out of hand, today I ran over a single-slice pizza box. I've been thinking about idling a truck down the side of the road and picking up crap because it bothers me so much. I just don't get these people that litter on the way to their houses and trashcans. They deserve to be belted.


A-farking-men.

I get throwing out beer/alcohol containers.  I doubly hate it because it's litter and possibly drunk driving.  But I get why a person/teenager would want to get rid of that quickly.  But a 7-11 Big Bite box?  Seriously?  You can't keep that in your car for 20 more minutes?  What the hell is wrong with some people?
 
2013-11-20 09:49:34 AM
Waste is a terrible thing to mind.
 
2013-11-20 09:52:56 AM

hervatski: There's tons of the other three, but not a lot of bored dudes who pick up trash in the river.


plus, if the award went to a vet every year, i'd get pretty damn boring.
 
2013-11-20 09:56:05 AM

ReapTheChaos: Good, I wish more people would take trash and litter seriously. I'm not some tree hugger but it's disturbing how some people just chuck stuff out of their car as they drive along or dump large items on the side of the road.


When I get a chance, or when someone does this on foot, I usually think of asking them (and sometimes do) "What? You think you're home?"
 
2013-11-20 10:29:56 AM
We're overdue for a "Keep America Beautiful" revival.

It seems to have gotten pretty bad in the last ten years, and it looks like we don't care.
 
2013-11-20 10:53:44 AM

cryinoutloud: I bet none of you go around picking up garbage.

/yes, I have. I've even been paid for it.


Way to turn the smug up to 11.

/And that is a bet you would lose.
 
2013-11-20 11:00:49 AM

The Irresponsible Captain: We're overdue for a "Keep America Beautiful" revival.


For the most part, our roadside trash pickup (called Adopt A Highway) is pretty popular.  Popular enough that they even moved this program over to some rivers.

Looks like quite a few states also have Adopt A River program as well.
 
2013-11-20 11:14:18 AM

fireclown: [scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x568]
I wish him luck.  These are some of the 127 tires that the Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance pulled out of a 3 - 4 mile section of creek this year.  We cover the same stretch every year.  I would like to kindly ask farkers to mention to your jackass friends who dispose of tires in rivers t kindly stop it.


Wish people'd quit dumping their perfectly good abandoned iron foundries in Antietam Creek as well. Makes the water all choppy down near the Harper's Ferry Pike bridge.... ;-)

Seriously though, it's a beautiful and fun trip, thanks for the hard work in keeping it clean!
 
2013-11-20 11:36:43 AM

Public Savant: You know what works?

Deposits on tires.


I agree totally.  I'm trying to figure out a way to put a bounty on them so that kids will pull them out of the damn creek that won't result in either BS or fraud.

tallen702: Wish people'd quit dumping their perfectly good abandoned iron foundries in Antietam Creek as well. Makes the water all choppy down near the Harper's Ferry Pike bridge.... ;-)

Seriously though, it's a beautiful and fun trip, thanks for the hard work in keeping it clean!


AND the Got-DAMED rifle factories.  I swear nobody disposes of rifle works in a responsible way in West-by-God, they just throw them into the Shennendoah.
 
2013-11-20 12:05:46 PM

fireclown: Public Savant: You know what works?

Deposits on tires.

I agree totally.  I'm trying to figure out a way to put a bounty on them so that kids will pull them out of the damn creek that won't result in either BS or fraud.

tallen702: Wish people'd quit dumping their perfectly good abandoned iron foundries in Antietam Creek as well. Makes the water all choppy down near the Harper's Ferry Pike bridge.... ;-)

Seriously though, it's a beautiful and fun trip, thanks for the hard work in keeping it clean!

AND the Got-DAMED rifle factories.  I swear nobody disposes of rifle works in a responsible way in West-by-God, they just throw them into the Shennendoah.


I mean, if we're gonna get into specifics, you wouldn't believe how many perfectly functional mills and locks those morons down in Virginia just left out to rot on the side of the river. A little spackle, some new gates, a bit of paint, and you could be back to moving flat boats and milling grain in no time!
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And again, it just makes the water all choppy and shiat.
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I swear, the 1800's were obviously just a huge "disposable society" if they're just going to toss such big public works out like these...

/The history and whitewater buffs in me just ♥ the DC metro area's streams.
//Pictures are from Goose Creek in VA. Seneca Creek in MD is beautiful (though less whitewater) and has plenty of history as well
///Can't wait until they remove the Bloede Dam on the Patapsco so I can run by all the old mills in the area from the river
 
2013-11-20 12:21:47 PM
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2013-11-20 01:20:09 PM

Public Savant: fireclown: [scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x568]
I wish him luck.  These are some of the 127 tires that the Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance pulled out of a 3 - 4 mile section of creek this year.  We cover the same stretch every year.  I would like to kindly ask farkers to mention to your jackass friends who dispose of tires in rivers t kindly stop it.

You know what works?

Deposits on tires. We have that here as well as on the car batteries.

So we rarely see tires or car batteries lying at rest stops.


In many states there is a fee for tire disposal.  Which creates the opposite incentive.
 
2013-11-20 01:29:40 PM

dj245: Public Savant: fireclown: [scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x568]
I wish him luck.  These are some of the 127 tires that the Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance pulled out of a 3 - 4 mile section of creek this year.  We cover the same stretch every year.  I would like to kindly ask farkers to mention to your jackass friends who dispose of tires in rivers t kindly stop it.

You know what works?

Deposits on tires. We have that here as well as on the car batteries.

So we rarely see tires or car batteries lying at rest stops.

In many states there is a fee for tire disposal.  Which creates the opposite incentive.


In Maryland, you pay $0.80 per tire as a "recycling fee" when you buy the tire.  There isn't a disposal fee as such.  But yuuup, a disposal fee incentivizes people to dump tires.
 
2013-11-20 01:37:31 PM

Lady J: ReapTheChaos: Good, I wish more people would take trash and litter seriously. I'm not some tree hugger but it's disturbing how some people just chuck stuff out of their car as they drive along or dump large items on the side of the road.

I used to take my dog to a small lake just outside of town to let him run around. It's pretty secluded and there would always be bags of trash and other items dumped around the area. I often wondered, how many dumpsters did these people have to drive past to come here and dump their trash? Makes no damn sense.

it astounds me when you see an adult rip the cellophane and foil off their cigarettes and just drop them in the street. wtf? i wish I had the balls to confront them


I was walking into a mall one day and saw an arm come out of a van window (parked) and drop a McDonald's bag on the ground. So I took a deep breath and walked over there and picked it up, saw their window was still down and tossed it in at them and said 'you dropped this'. I glared at them extra hard for a few minutes (tried to, anyway), before walking away.

Litterbugs piss me off. Of all the things I get passionate about, that one makes me mad the most. You really don't care how your community looks? It's farking disgusting! Carry a farking garbage bag in your vehicle for fark's sake! Plastic shopping bags from grocery stores work best. I know you have them, because you go shopping for a pack of gum and insist the clerk 'bag it up' for you, because that's your god given right! Or just toss it on the passenger floorboard and clean it up when you get home.

Assholes!
 
2013-11-20 01:59:48 PM
fireclown:

In Maryland, you pay $0.80 per tire as a "recycling fee" when you buy the tire.  There isn't a disposal fee as such.  But yuuup, a disposal fee incentivizes people to dump tires.

You know, it'd almost be funny how inept the state government is in MD if I didn't live there.

Gotta love the "rain tax" I get on my house. Never mind the fact that I'm not the problem with the bay as I don't use fertilizers and don't raise livestock and thus, don't contribute to the nitrogen or phosphorous runoff issue. But do they tax the chicken farms on the peninsula or put  tax on bags of grass fertilizer at the big box stores? Nope. They just charge me per square foot of "impermeable surfaces" like my roof (which goes into rain barrels) and driveway (which runs to the yard and then down through the ground into my aquifer and thus my well.

It's just like the bag tax in MoCo. Want to stop the problem of plastic bags getting into the rivers? Don't charge people for them, just admit it was a bad decision to switch from paper in the 80's and go back to a material which is not only recyclable AND biodegradable.....
 
2013-11-20 03:15:48 PM

BioStormX: I bet if someone ever confronted me about flicking my cigarette butt I'd be far less likely to do it in the future.


Bullshiat.
 
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