River cleanup total: 15 tons of trash

Volunteers who cleaned Purgatory Creek celebrate. PHOTO SUBMITTED BY CITY OF SAN MARCOS

Litter Abatement

A record number of volunteers turned out for the 33rd Annual Great Texas River Clean Up March 3, and it showed. Tons of trash and recyclables were taken from the San Marcos River and its tributaries by the more than 1,000 volunteers.

A total of 31,377 pounds of trash was recovered along with 10,480 pounds of recyclables, including 31 passenger car tires and seven truck tires.

In addition to people walking the banks of the river and along Cottonwood, Purgatory, Sink, Sessom and Willow creeks and the Blanco River were an estimated 100 canoers that operated from Stokes Park downstream to the city of Luling.

The cleanup included the entire 90-mile length of the San Marcos River.

“Expanding the pick up sites at the Blanco River and Plum Creek keep trash from entering the downstream section of the San Marcos River,” Melani Howard, the city’s Habitat Conservation Plan manager, said. “All these efforts help not only our own river, but also the whole ecosystem all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico.”

“This was an amazing show of volunteers and team leaders, and a great support for our river,” said Amy Kirwin, Community Enhancement Initiatives manager for the city. “Bringing different facets of the community together created an opportunity to educate them on storm water runoff impacts to the river, micro-litter impacts to the wildlife and recycling by diverting as much material as possible from the landfill.”

The 33rd Annual Great Texas River Cleanup was sponsored by Texas River Protection Association, city of San Marcos, city of Kyle and Texas State University. Multiple donors helped make the event possible, including Abatix, Carson Properties, Casa Garcia’s, Clean Earth Solutions, Clean Earth Systems, Edwards Aquifer Authority, Greater San Marcos Partnership, Green Guy Recycling, Guadalupe Blanco River Authority, Gumby’s Pizza, HEB/Central Market, Honda San Marcos and David Cook, Jacob’s/CH2M, Keep Texas Beautiful, Marco Pizza, Premier Cuts, Plum Creek Watershed Partnership, RDO Equipment, San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, San Marcos Lions Club, Stericycle and Sur-Power Battery Supply.

To help minimize the amount of trash accumulating between the annual river clean ups, Keep San Marcos Beautiful, the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan and the MS4 program host Hot Spot cleanups on the first Saturday of each month. To receive notifications for cleanups, contact Kirwin at akirwin@sanmarcostx.gov.

People seeking to volunteer with the Habitat Conservation Plan should contact Howard at mhoward@sanmarcostx.gov.

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