Today as I pulled up to a put-in on the St Joseph River I see a young man with a big pile of golf balls and he is driving them into the river. So I took some pictures and movies and we ended up having a discussion and he told me that he was genuinely sorry and genuinely did not know that he was doing anything wrong and said he would never do it again. I told him that those golf balls last forever and will poison HIS water. We ended up shaking hands. He packed up and left.
Then as I return from an upstream paddle with the coonhound I see a Subaru with a (Hobie double sit on top with pedal power) kayak on top park right behind my vehicle. We end up chatting and I tell them that the river conditions are quite serious with a strong current around 3 knots with near record water levels, confused currents and underwater trees that can bump you. I told them they would have a hard time going upstream at all and that turning around could be dangerous. So I recommended that they paddle in the safer flooded area shown in the pic…the main channel of the river is actually not visible in this pic. They thanked me for telling them about the conditions and told me that this would have been their first time out (!!!) with their new kayak then they thanked me again and left.