Major Cleanup at Boca Chica Beach

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Many take to Brownsville beaches for a cleanup for the first time ever.
Some went out to send a positive message, others wanted to create awareness to littered beaches.

Litter covers the site where the Rio Grande River flows into the Gulf of Mexico. This is trash that the currents bring in or the trash left behind by locals.

Toby Baker – TCEQ Commissioner said, “It’s the only place in the United States like this. We’re literally at the tip of the country.”
 
That is why the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Cameron County, and volunteers came out to clean Boca Chica Beach out of Brownsville.

“It’s amazing what just 25 – 30 people the impact that they can have. It looks completely different from when we first got here.” Said Commissioner Baker.

Employees and volunteers came out to support a good cause. Some had prepped for the occasion. Others came in last minute.

Volunteer Gosse Vanoosten said, “I watch where I step. I don’t step into any piles of vegetation because there is a lot of sharp stuff in there.”

Cleanup is their mission, but safety did not go unnoticed. Crews used gloves and equipment to avoid harm.

This is the first time this group gets together to clean at Boca Chica Beach. They hope it’s not their last.

Commissioner Toby Baker said, “I think people would want to come down here and be part of it, if they knew it existed.”

It’s a unique area that some would say needs attention.

The TCEQ hopes to make cleanup at this beach a regular event.
Their goal is to head out multiple times a year.

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