Eagle Scout project provides safe fishing line disposal bins at two popular Harford riverfront parks

  • Stephen Brown designed bins from PVC pipe as receptacles for discarded fishing line as part of his Eagle Scout project. Fellow scouts from Troop 973 in Abingdon helped with the installations along piers at Flying Point and Mariner Point parks.
Stephen Brown designed bins from PVC pipe as receptacles for… (Photo courtesy of Stephen…)
August 19, 2011|By AEGIS STAFF REPORT

Many people see problems and ask why someone isn't doing something about it. Not Stephen Brown.

When he recognized the environmental issues created by castoff monofilament fishing line, which is hazardous to birds, fish, animals and boaters, Stephen took action.

A member of Boy Scout Troop 973 in Abingdon, Stephen and his fellow Scouts worked along with Harford County Parks and Recreation specialists Chad McGraw and Meghan Denhard to develop and implement an Eagle Scout project which resulted in the construction and placement of 13 bins specifically for the disposal of used fishing line.

Unfortunately, monofilament is not biodegradable and can remain intact for 600 years. These containers will give fishermen and crabbers at two popular riverfront parks, Mariner Point in Joppatowne and Flying Point in Edgewood, a safe way to eliminate old lines. The containers will be maintained by Mariner Point and Flying Point Park staffs.

The public is encouraged to use the PVC monofilament disposal pipe bins Stephen and his troopmates recently installed. Boy Scout Troop 973 is sponsored by Saint Mary's Episcopal Church in Abingdon. Troop 973 has about 40 active Scouts ranging in age from 11 through 18. Many of them helped Stephen with his Eagle Scout project.

There are an equal number of active adult leaders serving in a variety of responsibilities, according to a troop representative, who said the troop relies on strong parental participation.

All of Troop 973's activities require the active support and participation of the boys' families. Some parents serve as uniformed leaders. Others work with the troop committee, which helps the troop carry out its program. In general, parents are expected to participate in several activities during the year.

In addition to community service projects, Troop 973 participates in a variety of activities, including the following: winter camping at 2010 Operation Icicle; Battleship New Jersey overnight camping; cabin camping at Antietam National Battlefield; camping at Broad Creek Scout Reservation; camping at Gettysburg National Battlefield; white water rafting; 20-mile activity at the C&O Canal National Historic Park; and other summer camps and trips.

Other Eagle Scout candidates are encouraged to contact parks and recreation's McGraw at 410-939-6724 to explore opportunities to enhance their communities with service projects that also help fulfill Eagle Scout requirements.

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