Clean-up planned at low-water bridge near port

HARLINGEN — The low-water bridge where Cemetery Road crosses the Arroyo Colorado near the Port of Harlingen is the target for a clean-up Saturday.

Organizers say the popular fishing area is definitely due for sprucing up, with trash, refuse and more than 75 old tires littering the site.

Richard Hitchcox, managing director of RGV Fishing Area and Waterway Cleanups, said his group and the South Texas Paddlers are seeking volunteers to help with the cleanup between 8:30 a.m. and noon.

“I talked to Danny Cuevas of South Texas Paddlers yesterday, and they will be joining in with our cleanup effort at the low-water bridge,” Hitchcox said via email. “We will be cleaning the shoreline and area around the water, and they will use their kayaks to clean things out of the water.”

Hitchcox said County Commissioner David Garza’s office has committed to providing Dumpsters to collect the trash, and the Bridgestone Corp. Tires4ward Program will accept the old tires for recycling.

This cleanup is registered with American Rivers and Keep Texas Waterways Beautiful.

All cleanup supplies along with sunscreen, insect repellent and water will be provided to volunteers who should meet at the site.

If you go

WHAT — Fishing site cleanup

WHERE — Low-water bridge, Cemetery Road at Arroyo Colorado near Port of Harlingen

WHEN — Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon

WHO — RGV Fishing Area and Waterway Cleanups, South Texas Paddlers

BRING — All cleanup supplies along with sunscreen, insect repellent and water will be provided to volunteers