Group seeks volunteers for shore cleanup Saturday

  • IF YOU GO

    WHAT: Spring Clean Event, an all-volunteer bay and estuary shoreline cleanup event organized by Clean Shores Association

    WHERE: Froggie's Bait Dock, Port O'Connor - 2649 Stella Ave.

    WHEN: Saturday, March 27 - 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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  • IF YOU GO

    WHAT: Spring Clean Event, an all-volunteer bay and estuary shoreline cleanup event organized by Clean Shores Association

    WHERE: Froggie's Bait Dock, Port O'Connor - 2649 Stella Ave.

    WHEN: Saturday, March 27 - 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    CONTACT: Curtiss Cash, 361-564-7032, captlowtide@airmail.net

BY JJ VELASQUEZ

PORT O'CONNOR - Even Mother Nature needs a little spring cleaning.

Clean Shores Association seeks volunteers Saturday for its Spring Clean Event, one of two biennial cleanups the association organizes.

Curtiss Cash, a fishing guide, founded the project last September when he realized how much trash clogged the bays and shorelines, he said.

"I've been seeing a lot of trash in the water for years, and no one does anything about it," he said.

Last year, Cash led a group that fished in the San Antonio Bay near Port O'Connor. The group included Australians who were disgusted by the amount of litter in the water, he said.

"They said the mid-coast looked like a third-world country," Cash said.

In September, Cash and the rest of his team of volunteers picked up about a ton of trash. Cash hopes to double that Saturday.

He isn't only interested in cleaning up because that litter is an eyesore, he said. The litter, most of which is plastic, affects the plants and animals that inhabit the bays, he said.

"It's not just for us. It's for the wildlife," Cash said.

Volunteers must bring their own boat. The organization will provide plastic trash bags for the cleanup, and barbecue and refreshments will be served at 10 a.m.