By Laird Robertson:
Right now things are really heating up surrounding Scajaquada Creek and how to clean it up. There’s a big community push to restore Delaware Park and the Scajaquada Creek watershed. Either by reducing the expressway to a boulevard or completely removing it, something needs to be done.
We all need to get involved with this project and express our needs and concerns. The creek still retains beauty and power. There’s something special about paddling from Hoyt lake to the Black Rock Canal. Along the way wildlife is highly visible. Sometimes the church bells are ringing as you pass under the Elmwood Street bridge. You can even stop a quarter of the way down and walk from the creek to Amherst Street to get lunch or a beer at Black Rock Kitchen & Bar.
Hopefully, the right decisions are made and the creek can run clean and free, like it once did. I hope this video will show everyone that we have something special that’s worth cleaning up. It will take time and money, but would be well worth it.
The video is sped up to compress time, and is meant to show just how much of the creek is open to a good paddle – even traversing the finger dam during a quick portage.