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Who Glued a Beer Can to the Bridge?

Photos from a morning spent pulling trash out of the Napa River. Do you have clean-up pictures and stories? Share them here!

A soccer ball, still inflated. A plastic jug with wrapped candy and small change inside. Beer bottles, soda bottles, water bottles and mucky plastic bags galore.

There were no surprises in the garbage I helped pull from the waters and banks of the Napa River Saturday morning, on a clean-up paddle with .

But the beer can we found glued to a support of the Maxwell Bridge was a bit unusual.

It hovered above our heads, a trail of something sticky-looking beneath it to indicate where some boating joker had affixed it in passing, at some point when the tide was higher than the one on which we floated Saturday.

Art? Prank? Advertisement? Vandalism? It doesn't matter now. Though we couldn't reach it with our gloved hands, my boatmate dislodged the can with a brisk clout from his paddle and we tossed it into the blue bag with the rest of the recycling.

All in, our group of eight in kayaks collected close to 100 pounds of trash and recycling on Saturday's paddle.

The excursion — followed by a sumptuous meal on the deck at —was part of the annual, international Coastal Clean-Up Day, but Kayak NV conducts river clean-ups monthly, said co-owners Liza Pearson and Laurie Aboudara-Robertson.

Did you go trash-picking for the environment on Saturday? Find anything interesting? Let us know in the comments.

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Peter Hufstader September 16, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I musy say, that is a first. You'd be shot on sight if you tried this one on the Newport Bridge in RI!
Kayak Napa Valley September 16, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Kayak NV tips its hat to Louisa and all of our volunteers for their combined efforts on Saturday! We have to say that the beer can art (???) was a KNV first!
Karen Garcia September 16, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Napa Valley CanDo volunteers joined lots of students at Vintage High School to clean Salvador Creek. Plastic bags are indeed a real problem; bags that float down our own Salvador Creek could end up in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, endangering wildlife and eventually getting into the food chain as they photodegrade. In fact, maybe that fish you ate at a fine Napa restaurant last night contained particles of plastic from a bag that entered the waterways here in Napa! You can help eliminate that problem by signing CanDo's petition to limit single-use plastic bags in Napa. Here's the link: http://www.change.org/petitions/phasing-out-plastic-bags-in-napa-county-2
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 16, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Thanks for adding photos, KNV. We had a terrific time and only wish we could have stayed longer at lunch.
Chris Hattich September 16, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Amazing how much cleaner Riverside Drive was during this cleanup than it had been during the last few. When we started volunteering a few years ago, you could pull trash for three straight hours, fill bag after bag of garbage, and not feel like you made a dent. We've pulled armchairs, mattresses, and countless bicycles and shopping carts from there in the past. Aside from a couple particularly dirty fishing spots, the majority of the bank was really clean and the biggest item we found was a box of cooking oil. We actually ended up leaving after an hour and a half because there was so little trash. Definitely a nice thing to see !
Curt Williams September 16, 2012 at 09:19 PM
If the boater was drunk, when the can was glued to bridge support, I'd say vandalism. If they were sober, the can could be considered "art". Either way, I'd say it's garbage! THANKS to all of you for keeping our waterways clean.

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