Trash Bash: Trinity River Cleanup in Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH -- Don’t mess with Texas! It’s our state mantra, but by the looks of it, Lots of folks are messin’ with Texas. The recent litter loot collected from the banks along the Trinity River in Fort Worth is enough to make you cringe.

“Litter doesn’t know any boundaries,” Mark Olson said. He's the conservation manager for the Tarrant Regional Water District. “When it rains, all that stuff gets washed down a storm drain into creeks, into the nearest waterway and then eventually into the Trinity River.”

Early Saturday morning, volunteers of all ages rolled out of bed, and rolled up their sleeves to fill this bounty of bags loaded with littler. It was the 23rd Annual Trinity River Trash Bash.

“We had to work together and help each other,” 4th grader Brionna Montgomery said. “It was fun.”

“It’s tons of trash, its not just a bag or two here or there,” Olson added. “Its all up and down the river.”

Bags and bags of trash piled up along the banks of the river. Keep in mind folks – this river is a popular attraction; you don’t want visitor to think we keep a messy house.

“During our summer camp we were able to enjoy and the park that's near here. So, We wanted to make sure we were a part of the clean up,” Dana Norris of the Clayton YES! Youth Enrichment Services explained.

“A lot of people don’t realize how beautiful and what an opportunity we have to this river flowing right through the city of Fort Worth,” Olson said.

Bashing trash, to protect a natural treasure, that shouldn’t be swimming in garbage.