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Annual River Cleanup This Saturday

By Bob Brischetto Special to the Courier

More than two hundred people are expected to gather at the Bandera city park near the dam on Saturday for the Medina River Cleanup.
For the most part, they will be removing debris from flooding on June 3 of last year. Since 1983–when the US Geological Survey began measuring–the river has exceeded its flood stage sixteen times.
The Medina River Cleanup was initiated as an annual event by the Lake Medina Conservation Society in 2001 to bring together the various communities in the county to keep the river clean.
In 2005 the Medina River Protection Fund was established as a 501(c)(3) public charity to raise funds to protect the river and ensure that each year there would be a cleanup effort.
Paddlers from throughout the state join with local and nearby residents. Last year 212 persons came from 32 towns in Texas to help with the cleanup.
The Medina River begins in the springs of northwestern Bandera County and crosses the county diagonally until it reaches Medina Lake, continues past the Medina Dam southeastward until it joins the San Antonio River near the town of Von Ormy.
The cleanup effort covers the estimated 50 miles of river within Bandera County. Cleanup organizers have divided the cleanup area into twelve sections.
Section heads have been identified to protect the safety of paddlers and coordinate the shuttle in each section. They are posted along with maps of the river and information on the cleanup at www.MedinaRiver.net.
A liability release form must be signed by all participants and a parent or guardian for each person under 18 years. These are available on the web site and at registration. Maps of the river and more detailed information about the cleanup may also be found on the web site.
The cleanup begins with registration at 9 am Saturday at the Bandera city park near the dam. Participants can get a breakfast taco at registration and hot dogs for lunch. A three-meat barbecue for all participants will follow at 5 pm with entertainment by Rodney Joe Smith.