SAN ANTONIO – When it rains, waste from streets, parking lots and neighborhoods drains into ditches and storm sewers, which flow into streams and rivers in the area.
San Antonio River Authority Tip: Don’t let garbage dump your river. Put the litter box in its place. Litter in the region’s waterways poses a threat to wildlife habitats and costs communities thousands of dollars to clean up. As a community, we can be part of the solution.
Since 1937, the River Authority has preserved, protected and managed the resources and ecology of the San Antonio River and its tributaries.
Improving the health of streams and rivers is one of the main goals of the River Authority, and diffuse pollution is the greatest threat.
What is diffuse source pollution?
This type of pollution occurs when pollution enters waterways from many different sources. Diffuse pollution harms water bodies by increasing the levels of bacteria, nutrients and dangerous chemicals.
Examples of diffuse source pollution include oils, pesticides and wastes, which are the most unsightly form of diffuse source pollution.
One of the agency’s bold long-term goals is to achieve litter-free water in the San Antonio River Basin. The River Authority will help achieve this through public education, engagement, waste mitigation and collection efforts.
On September 24, 2021, the River Authority officially launched the new garbage awareness initiative, joined by Bexar County and the City of San Antonio, to show a united front in addressing this community-wide issue. .
As part of its commitment to safe, clean, and enjoyable creeks and rivers, the River Authority launched the San Antonio River Basin Report Card in 2020 to measure the health of the basin and help the community make informed choices that support a sustainable San Antonio river. Bowl.
The San Antonio River Basin 2021 report card rating for public garbage collection is an F, which was also the rating for 2020.
“Don’t let garbage dump your river” initiative
Driven by this data and to proactively tackle the threats to streams and rivers from litter, the Don’t Let Litter Dump Your River initiative aims to educate communities across the basin. A critical part of the initiative is encouraging the public to make a commitment to help keep streams and rivers clean by not dumping litter and picking up litter when they see it on the ground, whether it be either in their neighborhood or in the region’s parks and car parks.
As part of this new waste awareness initiative, the community will see TV spots as well as creative print, digital, social media and out-of-home materials that will lead viewers to the River Authority website where they can learn more. on the actions they can take. to help keep streams and rivers clean.
The dedicated webpage will also contain online resources like a social media toolkit with content and graphics available for download and information on how individuals and community organizations can organize cleanup events or join the River Authority Volunteer Program River Warrior to participate in events organized by the agency.
The River Authority is working with the City of San Antonio to promote the Adopt-A-Spot program and will also work with city districts on a city-wide garbage cleanup challenge. These efforts will align with the free household hazardous waste collection events already established in Wilson, Karnes and Goliad counties.
Ready to do your part?
Visit the San Antonio River Authority website to make the “Don’t Let Garbage Pollute Your River” pledge and take advantage of online resources. The easiest way to get involved is to help pick up the trash when you’re on the go.
Since so many people have smartphones, the River Authority is also promoting an innovative way to engage the public and track the amount of waste collected through the Litterati app, which can be downloaded for free on any Apple device or Android – – and it’s easy to use. You can join the San Antonio River Authority’s Litterati Challenge once you download the app.
Here’s how it works: Take a photo of the garbage through the app before you pick it up, then tag the photo on the app and make sure you dispose of the garbage properly. It is so easy.
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