Best Of 2008

BEST ENVIRONMENTAL OUTING: Kayak Nature’s Green Machine

Trash (and a greener environment) are the souvenirs of an excursion with Kayak Natures Green Machine.

Last year, after months of paddling through trash-filled Clam Bayou, Kurt Zuelsdorf had an epiphany: There are no government agencies that clean the area’s waterways, so the only solution is to get residents excited about spending their weekends picking trash. So the owner of Kayak Nature Adventures began offering rent-free kayaks in exchange for filling a few bags of garbage. The idea took off and after just one outing Zuelsdorf had a waiting list of folks just begging to pick up trash. Now, almost a year later, he has reason to be proud: trash-filled water bodies like Clam Bayou are making a comeback — one kayak at a time.