CT Residents’ Yard Waste Clog Fisherman’s Traps
November 1, 2011
The Hour.com: Chilled by the crisp harbor air, Dick Harris cranked a set of handmade gears to raise his trawl net from the water.
In the past, Harris, director of the Harbor Watch program, might have revealed an oyster toadfish, a seahorse or a hogchoker. On Friday afternoon, however, his net carried mud, seaweed, one slippery pipefish and autumn leaves.
The latter has become the target in a campaign to rehabilitate marine life here, with advocates—including state Senator Bob Duff, D-25—asking residents to refrain from dumping their foliage and yard clippings into storm drains.
“It’s a low-cost, no-cost solution,” said Duff.