An­nual Pug­wash Es­tu­ary flotilla on Aug. 6

Par­tic­i­pants will pad­dle along Pug­wash River to show sup­port of ecosys­tem

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - BY DAR­RELL COLE CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD PUG­WASH dcole@amher­st­daily.com Twit­ter: @ADN­dar­rell

Few peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty of the Pug­wash Es­tu­ary.

Mem­bers of an or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­tect­ing the ecosys­tem are com­ing to­gether in early Au­gust for the an­nual sum­mer flotilla along the Pug­wash River.

“It’s all about peo­ple en­joy­ing our river,” Sarah Wit­ney of the Friends of the Pug­wash Es­tu­ary said. “Peo­ple will float­ing down the river on their kayaks or ca­noes tak­ing in the scenery and gen­er­ally en­joy­ing them­selves.”

The flotilla will be­gin near the bridge in Conn’s Mills and pad­dle down­stream to Es­tu­ary House at Docherty Creek. There par­tic­i­pants will be met by mem­bers of the Friends of the Pug­wash Es­tu­ary for a pot luck sup­per, mu­sic and a so­cial pro­gram.

Wit­ney said the event be­gins at 11 a.m. on Sun­day, Aug. 6, and gen­er­ally takes two to three hours to com­plete the route.

“A lot of peo­ple just their time while some will stop and get out to look at things along the way,” she said. “Peo­ple come back every year be­cause it’s an ad­ven­ture and some­thing they can share with others.”

Tra­di­tion­ally, the flotilla at­tracts about 50 ves­sels. This year they are look­ing to ex­ceed that num­ber.

She said part of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s man­date is to have peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence the pro­tected river. There is a lot of land pro­tected along the river.

“In or­der for peo­ple to rec­og­nize its worth it’s im­por­tant for them to get out and ap­pre­ci­ate it and en­joy the won­ders of it,” she said.

Or­ga­niz­ers are pro­vid­ing a shut­tle ser­vice be­tween the launch and Es­tu­ary House while non-pad­dlers can ac­cess the house via the Crow­ley Road.

Friends of the Pug­wash Es­tu­ary was formed in 2004 by a small group of in­di­vid­u­als con­cerned with the health of the es­tu­ary and with what could be done to pre­serve what its mem­bers con­sider an eco­log­i­cal treasure.

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