New Waves May 2011

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Earth Day proves productive for Arroyo Colorado partners

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="230" caption="Photo credit: City of San Benito"]Earth Day proves productive for Arroyo Colorado partners[/caption]

Throughout the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Earth Day and the month of April drew hundreds of volunteers from organizations that are stakeholders and partners of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership.

The Valley-wide Spring Trash Bash was held on April 2, hosted by the Valley Proud Environmental Council (VPEC), and included volunteers in several cities; VPEC is still totaling the number of volunteers and tons of litter collected. Harlingen citizens participated in the trash bash on April 2, with 815 volunteers picking up 1.7 tons of liter. Residents of San Benito took advantage of Trash Bash on April 30 by filling large dumpsters placed at various locations throughout the city. In Alamo, 81 volunteers collected 91 bags of trash and 30 bags of recyclable materials. The VPEC and the Valley Sportsmen Club also hosted a Texas Waterways Cleanup event in the Arroyo Colorado on April 9, where 40 volunteers on foot and in boats collected trash.

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) administers the watershed partnership, which is supported through EPA’s Clean Water Act Section 319(h) grant program. For more information, please contact Jaime Flores, TWRI’s Arroyo Colorado watershed coordinator, at 956.968.5581 or jjflores@ag.tamu.edu or visit the website.

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