2016 River, Lakes, Bays N’ Bayous Trash Bash

The 23rd Annual Trash Bash is set to commence on Saturday April 2nd, 2016 at 8:30am, rain or shine, for the largest single day cleanup in the state of Texas of the Galveston Bay Watershed. Texas Heritage Protection team members Maia and Mike from Texas Heritage Protection invite you to join them at Terry Hershey Park in Houston; just one of the 15 Trash Bash site locations for 2106. Trash Bash provides a wonderful opportunity for individuals and families to work together towards one common goal – to clean up the Galveston Bay Watershed.

What is a watershed? A watershed is defined as an area of land that drains to a common outlet (usually a stream or river). The watershed is usually named for the river that drains it. Watersheds can be large or small and smaller watersheds often lead into larger watersheds. Storm water runoff is the most common way that water gets from where you live down to the stream or river that drains your watershed.

Trash Bash started in 1994 with a total of seven sites and has grown to 15 sites across the Galveston Bay Watershed with thousands of people volunteering their time. In fact, since Trash Bash started, more than 98.000 volunteers have collected almost 2,100 tons of trash and upwards of 9.600 tires. Some of the stranger items to have been removed from the watershed include a slab of concrete, roof of a house, toilet, sofa, bed frame and an alligator carcass! In 2015 alone, 4,384 volunteers participated in Trash Bash and cleaned 162 miles of shoreline. This resulted in a unified collection of 34.4 tons of trash and 1.3 tons of collected materials being recycled. Half of the volunteers that took part in cleanup efforts were under the age of 18. This contributes to our mission to educate the next generation to continue to care and protect the watershed.

The event is free to register. Lunch, entertainment and t-shirts will be provided plus volunteers have an opportunity to win some fantastic door prizes! If you are interested in participating in this worthy half-day cleanup event you can do so in three easy steps:
• Download a registration waiver from www.trashbash.org and select a site
• Bring your signed and completed registration waiver form to your site’s Check-in Station on Saturday April 2nd, 2016. Most sites begin at 8am. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian sign their registration waiver.
• “Clean it Like you Mean it”

Upon check-in, all volunteers will be provided with a pair of gloves, trash bags and a set of clean-up instructions to help you on your way. Closed-toe shoes are required to participate and comfortable outdoor clothes are recommended along with insect repellent. Groups of 10 or more volunteers are encouraged to pre-register and contact a site coordinator before the event.

If you wish to join Texas Heritage Protection team members, Maia and Mike at the Terry Hershey Park site, confirm on our Facebook event post: https://www.facebook.com/events/194210090960485/. We look forward to seeing you there!