So, its time to do a little project. It really needs to be done in order to educate everyone about the Squamscott River and the Great Bay Estuary. I have discussed it before on the blog and would like to pursue the matter. I would like to place an informational kiosk, or backing down from that immediately, a series of stations or one station along the Swasey.I would prefer the signage that would utilize an etched metal plate with a map of the waterways. I really would prefer a signage system that would stay fresh for years to come. That’s why the wood kiosk really is not attractive to me . There are some examples of signage in the posts under the “Stewart Park Project ” in categories, on the sidebar.
If this example did not fade, then maybe, but all possible options will be explored, the goal, longevity, no maintenance.
Possible candidates for inclusion on the stations or the one sign, would be birds of the Squamscott, some history , that sort of thing. The most important thing though, is to inform people that the Squamscott is a tidal river, brackish, salt water, and is only 6 miles from Great Bay.
Today I was headed to the Dunkies for my Aunt’s coffee and cruller. I was late and as I blew past the Boat House on Water Street I spied a truck on the boat ramp. A tank truck , so I ducked down the alley to see whats up. Nothing, they were looking at the turtle nests. I pulled away slow still checking the rear view. I saw one of them grab a pump from the truck , and a big hose.
I backed up to the Hydro Seeding Truck and asked if they were planning on taking water from the River. “Yea”
I told them it was a tidal river, still no reaction. It’s a salt water river. “Oh geez” they say.
I directed them to Gilman Park and the fresh water of the Exeter River.
It is allowable for operators of such businesses to withdraw up to 5000 gallons a day from Rivers.
Please send along your own ideas about interpretative signage. I have spoken to Don Clement today about this post. He is on board to help move the discussion along.
This will be fun,