Once each year, thousands of volunteers descend on the banks of local waterways from Lake Conroe to the Texas City Dike and from Lake Houston to White Oak Bayou as a part of the annual Lake, Bays n’ Bayous Trash Bash. Volunteers will gather March 28 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at their assigned site to participate in the 16th annual event. “This already looks to be an outstanding event for 2009 as we have received many more inquiries than in previous years,” said Jerrel Geisler, Lake Houston Trash Bash coordinator. The regional event is coordinated by the Houston-Galveston Area Council and is financed by local and regional sponsors along with the Texas Conservation Fund. More than 60,000 volunteers have collected 2,000 tons of trash since 1994 during the Trash Bash event. Volunteers from governmental and municipal organizations, schools, environmental, regulatory and youth organizations assist in coordinating the activities of 17 sites locally. Clean-up sites and waterways include Lake Houston, Lake Conroe, Armand Bayou, Brays Bayou, Buffalo Bayou (two locations), Dickinson Bayou, Galveston Bay (several locations), Green Bayou, Houston Ship Channel, Japhet Creek, Little White Oak Bayou, Sims Bayou and White Oak Bayou (two locations). With remnants of Hurricane Ike still scarring parts of the landscape, participation in the 2009 event is expected to grow. Coordinators are aware of this and will be increasing collection efforts for this year. “Hurricane Ike helped to increase the trash amounts for this year and tons of it is still waiting to be picked up and we’re ready,” said Geisler. The Lake Houston Trash Bash, one of the original clean-up sites, is hosted by the Lake Houston Marina, which is located at 10611 F.M. 1960 East at McKay Bridge in Huffman. The day of the event will begin with volunteers gathering at the Lake Houston Marina at 8:30 a.m. for registration, safety equipment, assignments, site locations and a Trash Bash T-shirt. Patches are awarded to Scouts for their participation. All sites will furnish clean-up supplies and safety equipment for volunteers and some may get a free boat ride as local residents and organizations bring their boats to the marina to transport volunteers to sites on the lake generally unreachable from shore. Volunteers will work until noon when everyone will return to the start-up site for an appreciation barbecue luncheon sponsored by Trash Bash donations. A drawing for door prizes will finish the event with items donated by local merchants and the Trash Bash fund. Volunteers are then free to enjoy the afternoon of local entertainment, educational booths and activities provided by environmental groups, sponsors and other organizations including the Houston Police Lake Patrol, Mounted Patrol, Helicopter Squad, City of Houston Neighborhood Protection, Solid Waste Department, Water Conservation, Source Water Protection and Drinking Water Operations. Registration is required and available online. The event will be held rain or shine. If in doubt, check for event status the day of the event by consulting the Web site, which lists all safety guidelines including proper clothing, footwear and safety hazards. Local business owners and groups are encouraged to sponsor and donate door prizes for this event. “Please check out our sponsorship opportunities and industry incentives to see how your company can benefit from being a Trash Bash partner while making a significant and positive impact on our Texas waterways,” Geisler said. For more information, visit www.trashbash.org, call the Lake Houston Marina Trash Bash coordinator at 832-395-3780 or send e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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