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2012-03-29

Paddlers scout trash for May 5 Medina River Cleanup

Special to the Courier

In the wake of the storm that flooded the banks of the Medina River, paddlers began their scan of the 50 miles of river within Bandera County in preparation for the 12th annual Medina River Cleanup, slated for Saturday, May 5.

The river surveillance began in the 12 miles of river above the town of Medina. The debris washed down the river included two refrigerators, a feed tank, a barbecue pit, lawn chairs, metal roofing, a wild hog trap and two barrels.

On cleanup day, the large items will be removed by truck and tractor with cooperation of the landowners.

"For more than a decade, landowners along the river have worked with us in keeping the river clean. If they find heavy items that need to be removed and notify us prior to May 5, we can send a team with the proper equipment to remove them on cleanup day," said Bob Brischetto, cleanup coordinator.

The cleanup is sponsored by the Medina River Protection Fund. Co-sponsors are the Texas River Protection Association, the Lake Medina Conservation Society, Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District, the Bandera Economic Development Corporation and Bandera County. The city has provided a dumpster for trash and free camping at the Bandera City Park. Free camping and reduced rates for trailers is also available at the Pioneer River Resort, next to the park.

At the end of cleanup day, participants and contributors to the Medina River Protection Fund will gather at the city park dam for a three-meat barbecue cooked by Precinct 2 Commissioner Bobby Harris.

The schedule of events includes:

• May 5-6 - Free camping at Bandera City Park and Pioneer River Resort

• May 5, 9 am until noon - Registration at entrance to the city park with free T-shirts to all participants.

• May 5, pm to 7 pm - Barbecue at Bandera City Park near the dam.

The cleanup is held each year by the Medina River Protection Fund, a public charity. The fund was established as a perpetual fund to engage residents in all parts of the county in a community-wide effort to preserve and protect the river. Don Sloan serves as treasurer.

For more information on the river cleanup, maps of the Medina River and section heads, visit

www.MedinaRiver.net

Landowners with manmade debris to be picked up are asked to call Brischetto at 830-612-3643.

Tax-deductible donations may be made out to the

Medina River Protection Fund

and sent to

PO Box 417, Lakehills 78063.

Pictured: During a recent scouting expedition, John Bilderback located a wild hog trap washed down the river by recent rains.