River Clean Up

July 25, 2020

May 2020 update:  We are still planning to hold the River Clean Up as scheduled.  We encourage you to pre-register today to ensure you receive updates and notice of any needed changes to the event format due to the ongoing pandemic.  UGRA will comply with state and local recommendations for public gatherings at the time of the event.  At this time, we are planning to eliminate the large gathering at the end of the clean up and switch to a “drive thru” style event.  Volunteers will be strongly encouraged to pre-register and pick up supplies before the event if possible.  This format will reduce the number of people signing up in the morning.  Once volunteers return to Flat Rock Park with their trash, they will drive thru to drop it off and then stop their vehicle at several stations spaced throughout the park to return supplies and pick up snacks, drinks, prizes, and t-shirts.  

The Upper Guadalupe River Authority has scheduled the 17th annual River Clean Up for Saturday, July 25, 2020. The headquarters for the Clean Up will be at Flat Rock Park in Kerrville. Directions to Flat Rock Park are below.

Volunteers will have the option of arriving at Flat Rock Park at 8:00 am for registration, instructions, and assignments, or you may pre-register (before July 10th). If you choose to pre-register, you can go directly to your assigned Clean Up location on the morning of July 25th.

Link to Pre-Registration (before July 10th)

All volunteers should return to Flat Rock Park with their trash by 11:00 am for refreshments and the distribution of awards for the most unusual item and the biggest item. Additional garbage drop off locations will be at the Ingram Boat Ramp, Guadalupe Park, and the Center Point Dam. All participants will be entered into a raffle for prizes and the first 350 pre registered volunteers will receive an official 17th Annual River Clean Up T-shirt. We will guarantee your requested t-shirt size if you pre register before June 30, 2020. Additional t-shirts will be given away on a first come basis the morning of the clean up.

Even though the Clean Up is being staged at one location, we anticipate that volunteers will spread out to clean up locations throughout the Guadalupe River watershed in Kerr County including dry creek beds, bridges, and roadways.

What should you bring to the River Clean Up?

Although the River Clean Up is a lot of fun, it is also hard work and you should plan accordingly. Wear a hat and light weight clothing to protect you from the heat and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Wear leather work gloves. UGRA will have a limited quantity of work gloves available for volunteers to borrow, but please bring your own if you can. Wear clothing and shoes that are appropriate for getting wet and dirty. Also, protect yourself from the sun and bugs by applying sunscreen and insect repellent as needed. Bring your own chairs, picnic blankets, or popup tents for relaxing during the event wrap up and prize raffle.

Groups and individuals are invited to participate in the River Clean Up. The Alamo Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America has selected the River Clean Up to be a part of its “Good Turn for America ” program. The Good Turn for America Program is a national call to service by the Boy Scouts designed to improve young people, local communities and the nation.

Supplies to aid in the Clean Up are provided by many generous local sponsors.

Directions to Flat Rock Park

Coming from San Antonio on I-10, take exit 508 (Hwy 16 Kerrville). At the end of the exit ramp, take a left onto Hwy 16 South. After 0.4 miles, turn left onto Loop 534 South and continue for 4.0 miles. Just past the intersection with Hwy 27 (Memorial Blvd.) take a left onto Riverside Drive. Continue on Riverside Drive for 0.3 miles and turn right into Flat Rock Park.  Google Map Link

Map to Flat Rock Park

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Tara Bushnoe at (830) 896-5445 or tbushnoe@ugra.org

Travis Linscomb at (830) 896-5445 or tlinscomb@ugra.org