Written by Phil Cerroni
The nationwide “Great American Cleanup” runs from March 1 through May 31, and Keep Irving Beautiful wasted no time in kicking off their local event. KIB volunteers met at T.W. Richardson Grove Park, a part of Irving’s Campion Trails system, to attack litter from both the land and water on March 2.
Kayak Power, Inc. provided all necessary equipment, so that KIB’s volunteer kayakers could brave the cold and windy weather to remove litter from the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. After receiving safety instructions and gearing up, they were shuttled in City of Irving vans by Parks Department staff to the Carrollton Canoe launch to start their journey down the river back to the park.
In the meantime, a land cleanup was going on with another group of volunteers which included Service Learning students from North Lake College. They focused on areas along the tree line and beneath the LBJ/635 highway overpass. In total, the 30 volunteers removed 800 pounds of trash and recyclables from the land and water. Special thanks also go to the City of Irving Solid Waste Services Department for providing a dumpster and weighing the materials.
The event brought in volunteers from throughout the Metroplex. Dirk Dalhauser and his wife Amy came from Dallas to experience a day on the river as well as do their part to help the environment.
“The Trinity River belongs to all of us, and it is our responsibility to maintain it,” Dirk said. “In addition to picking up litter, we also learned some facts about the river, such as that millions of Texans depend on the Trinity for their water needs. That makes it especially important to respect and preserve it not just for us, but for future generations to follow.”
Source: Keep Irving Beautiful