Eagle Scout candidate Koal Markham Lee Schaub from Boy Scout Troop 194 of Pleasanton and his group of six volunteers completed his Eagle Scout Service Project by placing eight “Monofilament Fishing Line Collection Tubes” on Saturday, January 18 at the Choke Canyon State Park in Three Rivers. The Eagle Scout Service Project, is the opportunity for a Boy Scout with a Life Scout rank, in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of his community.
Koal has a great love for Choke Canyon, he spends much of his time there fishing and leading guided tours. One of his major concerns was the abundance of trash and used fishing line on the shore lines and in the water hurting the fish. He decided early on that he would do his Eagle Scout Service Project with a conservation focus to help improve the environment at Choke Canyon.
In preparation for his Eagle Scout Service Project proposal he needed data, on June 27, Koal lead a group of ten scout volunteers to clean up trash from 10,488 feet of shoreline, around boat ramps and parking areas. In total, the group collected 118.36 pounds of garbage and 42.1 ounces of used monofilament fishing line. He chose to make Monofilament Fishing Line Collection Tube stations to be placed at strategic areas around the park so that fishermen would have a place to dispose of their used monofilament fishing line.
He went in front of the Eagle Review Board on Oct. 30 where his Eagle project proposal received their approval. During the project planning and execution stages of the project, Koal met numerous times with Paul Macmanus, Scoutmaster, Joett Morrison, Asst. Scoutmaster and Eagle Coach and his father Jason Schaub all of Troop 194, and Cara Bierschwale, Asst. Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator at Choke Canyon State Park to finalize the project plans and set the date for the project to begin on Jan. 11. The project would be completed in two phases; phase one would prepare and assemble nine collections stations, phase two would be to deliver and place the collection stations at strategic locations throughout Choke Canyon State Park.
Phase one of the project was done on Saturday, Jan. 11 whereas Koal held a meeting with the group of sixteen volunteers, giving them an overview of the project, outlining the day’s activities, and discussed safety including first aid and the need to wear personal protective equipment. Safety is a big part of an Eagle Scout Service Project. Safety glasses and gloves were provided to all of the scouts. Paul Macmanus, Scoutmaster of Troop 194 is trained in first aid and provided a first aid kit. Each Monofilament Fishing Line Collection Tube station consists of the following; one 5-gallon bucket, filled with 2.5 gallons of high strength silica sand, one 6-foot green fence post, and 2.5 gallons of quick Crete. Each collection tube is made of 4” sch. 40 PVC pipe including one 45-degree elbow, a perforated diaphragm cap, 2 feet of 4” pipe, one threaded coupling with cleanout with a threaded end cap (with drill holes to drain out rainwater) and two vinyl labels and sign purchased from the BoatUS Foundation “Reel In and Recycle”. After the completion of the project, all of the volunteers were treated to brisket sandwiches provided by Joe Carrasco with Smokey Joe’s BBQ, chips and Gatorade.
Phase two of the project was done on Saturday, January 18 where a group of seven volunteers took the nine Monofilament Fishing Line Collection Tube stations to Three Rivers for placement. One collection station was placed at Buds Bait and Tackle shop with the approval of owner Christie Council to help make fishermen aware of the Monofilament fishing line collection tube stations and where to dispose of their used fishing line. The remaining eight collections stations were placed at Choke Canyon State Park near fish cleaning stations, at the entrance of boat ramps and walking trails. While placing one of the collection stations, the three scouts policed the area and found used fishing line that they were able to immediately dispose of into the one of the collection stations.
After Koal becomes an Eagle Scout, he plans to continue his conservation efforts at Choke Canyon State Park and pursue earning the William T. Horneday award. The fundamental purpose of the Hornaday Awards program is to encourage learning by the participants and to increase public awareness about natural resource conservation. Understanding and practicing sound stewardship of natural resources and environmental protection strengthens Scouting’s emphasis on respecting the outdoors. The goal of this awards program is to encourage and recognize truly outstanding efforts undertaken by Scouting units, Scouts and Venturers, adult Scouters, and other individuals, corporations, and institutions that have contributed significantly to natural resource conservation and environmental protection.
Koal extends his sincere thanks to the twelve Boy Scouts from his Troop 194 Tex Anderson, Connor Below, Cole Hannah, Blaine Macmanus, Cade Macmanus, Seth Macmanus, Justin Maspero, Wesley Maspero, Garrett Mills, Jairo Ortiz, Zander Temple and Wanish Tortes-McGinnis, for volunteering their time to complete his project as well as the scout leaders and parents including Paul Macmanus, Scoutmaster, Joett Morrison, Asst. Scoutmaster and Eagle Coach, David Longley and Jay Troell and Cara Bierschwale and the staff at Choke Canyon
State Park. Koal also extends his thanks his best friend John Garza and to his father Jason Schaub, and his grandfather Ira Niemann for their love and support.