Volunteers needed for 4th annual Dos Rios Watershed Cleanup Challenge in New Braunfels

Volunteers can participate in the cleanup event throughout October. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Volunteers can participate in the cleanup event throughout October. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Volunteers can participate in the cleanup event throughout October. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Since 2017, local volunteers have mobilized each year to collect litter in and around rivers and creeks as part of the Dos Rios Watershed Cleanup Challenge in partnership with the city of New Braunfels.

The event has traditionally been a single-day effort, but this year it will last through the month of October, and participants will not have to preregister.

Teams can collect trash at any location in their community and submit photos and information about the area they cleaned to New Braunfels Watershed Management. The person or group that has collected and documented the most trash at the end of the month will win a prize.

“This is a great time to get out in the community and help protect our local rivers and waterways,” said Mark Enders, New Braunfels Watershed Program manager, in a press release.

Participants are encouraged to follow public health practices such as social distancing, mask wearing and hand washing.


“Not only do we encourage everyone to keep public health in mind, but we also want volunteers to dress appropriately for the weather, since they will be outside collecting litter from river banks, roadsides, and drainage areas,” Enders said. “Long pants, hats, sunscreen, and closed-toe shoes are highly recommended.”

Cleanup kits can be requested from the city and are available for pickup at City Hall or through contact-free delivery.

Trash collected can be disposed of in large city dumpsters located at Fredericksburg Fields, Solms Park, and the Parks and Recreation Office. Any tires, scrap metal or other bulky items can be dropped off at the City Recycle Center located at 488 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels.

For more information about the event and how to report trash collected, visit the Dos Rios Watershed Cleanup Challenge website or call 830-221-4020.
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.