The editor:

If you have listened to my radio show on WGOH over the past 20 years, you know what a fan I am of the Tygarts Gorge area of Carter County.

This past week I gathered rod and reel and hopped in my canoe for what may be one last ride this year. The water was perfect and the small mouth were biting. It wasn't until my takeout at the 182 bridge close to the entrance to Carter Caves State Park that I was slapped back to reality of everyday east Kentucky.

At this area some fool (and that's the nicest thing I can say about this person or persons) has the gall to take pop cans, beer cans, pizza boxes etc and what looked to be human waste and throw it all over the area.

While there I witnessed several folks using the area, wading, fishing, kayaking and canoeing, and they were appalled at how it looked there, and so was I.

All of these folks had out of state tags on their nearby vehicles which leaves me to believe that the perpetrator of this crime is someone from our local area. Educate your children, brothers & sisters that no one, especially me, wants to see this in our great outdoors.

If you see someone polluting our outdoor areas, get a license plate and call the county sheriff department. For years I have taken television camera crews down this section only to be asked how come all the tires are in the creek?

Education pays and we need to educate all people that the outdoors are not dumping grounds.

Again, if you see something get involved.

Put the word out on the street to these varmints that a few trail cams can be placed and the contents will be turned over to the authorities. We all live down stream.

Tom Clay

President Kentucky Outdoor Press Association

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