THE HOMINY CREEK TRASH TROUT NEEDS YOU!
Hi there – it’s me, your Hominy Creek Trash Trout. Some people call me TT for short. My job is to sit in the Hominy Creek and patrol for litter before it can reach the French Broad River. Did you know that I collected over 500 pounds or trash in the first 6 months of my life?
When I was installed in July of 2018, I was the second of the program, but the first of my kind. My older sibling, on Mud Creek in Hendersonville, has been going strong for over 2 years and has withstood storms, flooding, and thousands of pounds of litter.
Earlier this year, I started getting really sick. The thing about where I live on Hominy Creek, is that not only was I catching litter, I was also catching a lot of runoff and sediment from further upstream in town. I wasn’t really ready for that and I started sinking! Luckily, my friends at Asheville GreenWorks got a big expensive crane to pull me out. – It sure was cold that day.
Once they cleaned out all of that dirt, I felt really good! I was back in action and doing my job. Maybe I still wasn’t as strong as I thought because THEN a few big storms came through and knocked off my gate. That gate is the most important part of me. I can gobble up lots of trash from the creek but that gate keeps it from getting back out. Without my gate, the trash just floats on through…
The good news is that there is a way to fix me, to make me look more like my sibling on Mud Creek. When I found out that I would get a whole day devoted to just me, they called it #GivingTuesday, I just couldn’t wait to tell you my story!
I really, really, REALLY want to get back to work. Can you help me?