Ninety-nine volunteers worked to remove 3,640 pounds of trash and debris from 12 miles of roadside areas that drain to area creeks during the recent seventh Annual Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Clean-Up event.
Geronimo Creek, and its tributary Alligator Creek, flows through Comal and Guadalupe counties. Both were identified for watershed protection plan development due to elevated levels of bacteria and concerns about high levels of nitrogen, as reported in the Texas Water Quality Inventory published by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
The event was coordinated by the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Partnership, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority as part of implementation efforts for the area’s watershed protection plan.
14 locations representing 12 miles of roadway and creek banks were cleaned, including roads that cross Geronimo and Alligator creeks.
“Volunteers removed 242 bags of trash, 14 tires, several wooden pallets, and debris,” Ward Ling, AgriLife Extension watershed coordinator, said.
Waste Connections and the City of New Braunfels donated disposal and recycling services for trash collected during the event. Sponsors for the event included Alamo Group, Becker’s Feed & Fertilizer, the City of New Braunfels, Continental Corporation, Crossroads Veterinary Hospital, Commissioner Drew Engelke, Ehlers’ Tree Farm, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Guadalupe County Groundwater Conservation District, Irma Lewis Seguin Outdoor Learning Center, KWED Radio, Niagara, Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, Thrivent Financial, and Waste Connections.
Funding for the effort was provided through a federal Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant administered by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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