I suspect that the log we removed last week is the result of somebody cutting dead wood to clean up the trails.
Unfortunately, this creates an extremely dangerous situation for whitewater boaters. I have seen logs stuck in every rapid on Bulls Bridge (including The Flume). We, the whitewater community, need to get the word out that throwing stuff in the river is adding a risk to our activity. Once the log is in the river, it is often difficult to see. Prevention is the best course of action.
A chapter of the AMC has been doing train maintenance. We need to make sure that they know that throwing stuff in the river puts us at risk.
The utility owner, First Light Power Resources (Suez), does regular trimming of branches, brush, and sometimes tree removal. They have an office in New Milford, and are trying to promote safety around the river. I think that it's probably just a political move and lip service, but we should take this opportunity to educate them about the risks that some of their practices present to us.
Their office is at
143 West Street
New Milford, CT 06776