Volunteers picked up 11,500 lbs. of trash

More than 725 volunteers were involved in the Great Texas River Cleanup on March 4. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS

Great Texas River Cleanup
We need all the help we can get. Once a year is not enough to control the amount of litter left on the ground,

The 32nd Annual Great Texas River Clean Up was a rainy day, but that didn’t stop volunteers from coming out March 4 to pick up almost 15,000 pounds of trash and recyclable litter from the San Marcos River watershed, and 20 cubic yards of trash and recyclables out of the river itself.

More than 725 volunteers picked up trash and debris in and along the Upper San Marcos River to Stokes Park and in the river’s tributaries Cottonwood, Purgatory, Sink, Sessom and Willow creeks. 

• Total trash: 11,500 lbs

• Total recycling:  3,430 lbs; 37 passenger tires

 An estimated 100 canoers volunteered to pick up trash in the San Marcos River from Stokes Park to the city of Luling.

• Total trash: 16 cubic yards 

• Total recycling: 4 cubic yards 

 “We want to give a special thank you to all the team leaders who assisted with the cleanup,” said Amy Kirwin, Community Enhancement Initiatives manager. “Without their help, managing that many volunteers would be a challenge.”

The cleanup covered more than just the San Marcos River,  teams of volunteers also targeted tributaries and creeks that flow through town.

 To help minimize the amount of trash that accumulates 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.  

 “We need all the help we can get. Once a year is not enough to control the amount of litter left on the ground,” Kirwin said.  

 To receive notifications for cleanups, contact Kirwin at akirwin@sanmarcostx.gov

“Because the city is rapidly growing and the buffers between development and creeks are disappearing, it is ever more important to pick up litter and put it in either recycling or trash receptthe city’s Habitat Conservation Plan manager.  

 If you would like to help with more efforts with the Habitat Conservation Plan, contact Howard at mhoward@sanmarcostx.gov

 The 32nd Annual Great Texas River Cleanup was sponsored by Texas River Protection Association, city of San Marcos, and Texas State University. Multiple donors helped make the event possible: Abatix, Carson Properties, CH2M, Clean Earth, Color Mix, Edwards Aquifer Authority, Greater San Marcos Partnership, Gruene Environmental, Guadalupe Blanco River Authority, Hays County Constable David Peterson, HEB, Honda San Marcos, Keep Texas Beautiful, The Local, RDO Equipment, San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, San Marcos Lions Club, Stericycle, Sur-Power Battery Supply, Tymco, and Westward Environmental.


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