An Emotional Ride Along the Guadalupe River!
By Sarat Lue
Initially, I was hoping to clean up the legacy trash on the river bed, but that was not the case. A total of 10 volunteers spent over two hours cleaning up the trash left by homeless people. By the end of the event, we counted a total of 70 bags of trash plus some bulky items. We estimated that we removed nearly a ton of trash, if not more. See below for before and after picture.
Don’t get me wrong, I have had a better experience with homeless folks. In the previous cleanups, they actually helped us during our event. Unfortunately, the folks that we encountered during this event did not want to lift a finger. They stood by their tents while we cleaned up the mess they made. I truly cannot express, on paper, my anger toward them. Aside from litter, we also picked up 152 batteries, which are extremely hazardous to the environment. Without a power supply, homeless people depend heavily on the use of batteries.
Imagine if there was water flowing in this river. We would not have been able to remove all of this trash.
Imagine the damage this would have caused to our waterway.
On another note, how long will this section of the river remain clean with these homeless folks continuing to live there?