Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make Saturday’s cleanup a huge success. A total of about 314 pounds of nasty trash was pulled out of the river, which gave a sigh of relief.
As your writer did not witness nor participate in this cleanup, he is still gathering bits and pieces of information and extends apologies for resulting errors.
Reports give the following as participants, plus two more unnamed:
Kristin Rubin and David Vaina from OSFR
To this list we add OSFR members Andy and Terry Phelan, who had to abort early because they irritated some wasps who retaliated by stinging Terry. This is the only casualty of which we are aware.
Cleanup went from Rum Island to Hwy 47 bridge, with the big concentration near Ginnie Springs.
Again we thank the volunteers, of which for sure we know three groups: Trav Mav of Trail Trash Outdoors, Current Problems and Our Santa Fe River.
Trail Trash Outdoors and OSFR had tables at Rum 138 before the cleanup started.
Special thanks to Travis Smith, OSFR board member and co-founder of Trail Trash Outdoors, professional trash picker-uppers.
Special thanks also go to Doug and Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson of Rum 138 for the big discounts on kayak rental and shuttle service for the volunteers.
Givers and takers live in our world, these volunteers are givers.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum