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Colorado River Clean Up

Cleaning Up the Colorado River

Cleaning Up the Colorado River

The Colorado River saw 85 volunteers, 55 heading into the water on 40 various boats, canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards to remove trash along a 6 mile section between Fisherman’s park and Tahitian Village.  The recent rains had crested the river a day before and caused some concern in removing debris.

Safety was a primary concern and was aided with the help with volunteers from the Lower Colorado River Authority, McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Patrick Olsen and Fire Fighters from the City of Bastrop.

Although some volunteers brought their own water craft, the vast majority were generously supplied by Bastrop River Company, Lee Harle and Rising Phoenix Adventures, Linda Dinnean.  This was more than just gear and life jackets, but included the logistics of shuttling as well.

Lance Reed and Joni Groom, the Event Coordinators, greeted everyone at the pavilion and provided orientation.  Lance handed off the safety briefs to Lee and Patrick before everyone headed out.  3 groups of boaters covered 2 miles each.

Approximately 400 lbs of trash were removed.  Some of it was large but light, such as massive chunks of styrofoam.  The heaviest single piece came from a fully inflated and functional tire on rim.  There were several odd items pulled out such as a shopping cart, but the award for strangest went to a baby doll in a booster seat.

The take out area at the Colorado River Refuge weighed each boater’s trash and accounted for all volunteers.  Coordination was aided by the Bastrop County Water Control and Improvement District #2, Sam Kier and trash disposal was donated by Lone Star Disposal, Sharon Rowe.

The volunteers enjoyed a catered lunch back at the pavilion by Maxine’s Catering and Bakery, Chef Krystal Wendland-Ferguson.  To wrap it all up we had a thank you and award presentation by Keep Bastrop County Beautiful, Dorothy Skarnulis.   Thanks to the City of Bastrop for offering the use of the pavilion, ice chest and staffing.

From Time Warner Cable‘s coverage…

We’ve earned Gold Star Status from Keep Texas Beautiful AGAIN!

Dorothy Skarnulis accepts KTB Gold Star Affiliate Award

Dorothy Skarnulis accepts KTB Gold Star Affiliate Award


YES,we’ve done it again! Gold Star Status from Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), means that Keep Bastrop County Beautiful is among the communities eligible for KTB pass through grants, Don’t Mess with Texas collateral for litter prevention events, bonus incentive items for Great American Cleanup/Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-off and apply for a scholarship to the KTB conference. It is also an important requirement for Keep America Beautiful certification.

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