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March 16th, 2012
Volunteers participate in Great Texas River Cleanup


Volunteers with the City of San Marcos, San Marcos River Foundation, Lion’s Club, and Texas River Protection Association cleaned hundreds of pounds of trash out of the San Marcos River during the annual Great Texas River Clean Up on March 3.

The cleanup covered all 90 miles of the San Marcos River starting with the upper San Marcos. Snorkelers and people walking on the banks covered the city parks and river tributaries, while boaters headed off to areas downstream all the way to the Guadalupe River confluence.

More than 150 people helped collect more than 70 bags of trash and recyclable material, along with hundreds of pounds of debris from the San Marcos area. Almost 50 cubic yards of trash was taken out of the remaining 90 miles of the San Marcos River.

Volunteers hauled large items such as tires and couches up steep slopes to be disposed of. Several businesses also contributed their efforts:

Local businesses pitched in to help. Green Guy Recycling hauled away everything that could be recycled. TG Canoes provided boats and shuttles. Spencer’s Canoes provided their Shady Grove campground for free camping and
barbecue for volunteers.

“It is great to work hard, get a lot done, and then celebrate the cleaner river together,” said William Ford, the city’s Parks & Recreation assistant director.

Additional cleanup efforts are still needed downstream. Interested groups may contact Melani Howard, Watershed Protection Program Manager at 512-393-8448.

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