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Rain or no rain, river cleanup continues

Special to the Courier

The 13th annual Medina River Cleanup takes place Saturday, May 4, at the Bandera City Park. The cleanup begins with registration from 9 am to noon at City Park near the dam. Participants will receive free T-shirts.

After all the hard work, a free barbecue for all participants and donors - courtesy of Precinct 2 Commissioner Bobby Harris - will begin at 5 pm in the park. Local singer-songwriter Rodney Joe Smith, who has worked in the music business full time for more than a decade, will provide entertainment, accompanied by Boerne guitar picker, John "Woody" Woods, who has international performing experience.

Now in its third year, the drought has wrecked havoc on river recreation. Shuttles from most of the tube and kayak rental companies have ceased and may not open this year without significant spring rains.

But, rain or no rain, the Medina River Cleanup continues. Participants are expected from more than three-dozen cities and towns throughout Texas.

Last year, 172 people from 32 Texas towns pitched in to clear more than three tons of trash from the river with more than half of them paddling. This year, the drought has forced the closing of about 13 miles of the river to paddlers. Cleanup below San Julian Creek to Medina Lake will be conducted by hikers and with cooperation of landowners along the river.

For more information on the river cleanup and fund drive, maps of the Medina River and section heads, visit www.MedinaRiver.net.

Tax deductible donations may be made out to the Medina River Protection Fund and sent to PO Box 417, Lakehills 78063. Don Sloan serves as treasurer.

Pictured: Pieces of trash - big and small - will be hauled off during the 13th annual Medina River Cleanup on Saturday, May 4. It's not too late to volunteer. Registration takes place from 9 am until noon by the dam in Bandera City Park.