Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Duck River must be kept clean

To the Editor:

This is in regards to Chris Siers' article about kayaking on the Duck River (pgs 26 & 27) in the summer 2017 issue of Bedford Life.

The article grossly understates the importance of keeping the river and its banks clean and the environmental and social consequences of the recent increase in use of the river. Literally "tons" of waste and garbage have to be collected each year by a volunteer group. The access area at Dement Bridge (which is managed by TVA) has become an ideal place for drug trading and at times is misused as a solid waste "dump".

Recently, the Times-Gazette published several articles about the huge uptick in water rescues; one was at the Dement Bridge. Additionally, illegal target practicing, hunting/trespassing, and abandoned animals are just a few of the other complaints of those who live in the area surrounding Dement Bridge. There has also been an increase in traffic and speeding around a dangerous bend in the road.

Private landowners deeds along the Duck River describe "middle of the river" property lines.

This can be verified at the register of deeds office and was established when the area was settled long before the existence of TVA Corps. of Engineers and the EPA. With these "middle of the river" boundaries, are those that float the Duck River and enjoy the "beaches" (as described in the article) on private land and therefore trespassing and littering on that private land? Please answer this.

At this time, I choose not to comment on TVA's management of the area since Normandy Dam was built except to say that there are many 'negatives.'

John Dement


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