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River Clean Up is successful

Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 11:18 am

UGRA hosted its 16th Annual River Clean Up on Saturday, July 27. A total of 10,695 pounds of garbage was collected by 526 participants, working along the river from Hunt all the way to Comfort. Along with the expected paper and plastic trash, participants retrieved a wooden umbrella, Lionel Ritchie cassette tape, 1954 license plate, love letter, longnose gar skull entangled in fishing line, Christmas tree with lights, plane ticket, Mother’s Day card, lawn mower, mattress, pond liner, recliner, protein feeder, metal pipe, safe door, boat with a cypress tree growing out of it, and 19 tires. The volunteers who recovered these items entered them into the biggest and most unusual items contest.

The enthusiastic volunteers scoured the river and its banks from about 8-11 a.m. and when they returned to Flat Rock Park with their trash, they were served hot dogs from the Bald Eagle Café, pizza from Papa John’s, and homemade treats from the Kerrville Garden Club. Participants also enjoyed exhibits by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Hill Country Master Naturalists, Hill Country Master Gardeners, Hill Country Fly Fishers, Be a Pollinator Champion, Riverside Nature Center, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and UGRA.

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