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ROBERT SCHMID, who manages the Texas Parks & Wildlife fish hatchery in San Marcos, is a serial scavenger, constantly scouring the river for lost treasure and trash. His haul includes 1,300 flip flops recovered during a single summer, a world globe, a bumper from a Ford Mustang and hundreds and hundreds of water bottles, fishing bobbers and tennis balls. He fashions “primitive” folk art from his findings as visual anti-littering messages.

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3 thoughts on “Video: River scavenger looks for lost treasure

  1. I think this is a great story. Thank you for doing this. Thank you to this gentleman for bringing awareness about polluting the river.

  2. I lost my prescription sunglasses a couple weeks ago when my tube rammed into a bunch of teenagers who lodged themselves at the bottom of the Rio Vista tube chute just to be obnoxious.

    Perhaps Mr. Schmid found them. If so, I’d love to hear from him. What would be useless to virtually any other human is worth hundreds of dollars to me.

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