Sunday, May 2, 2010

Keeping The Ocean Clean - It's Not just BP's Job

The City of Houston has affixed these metal tags to the area just above the storm and flood control drains, in an attempt to raise the consciousness of it's citizens about not dumping anything down the drainage system. Many people do not understand how the flood waters of our city affect The Houston Ship Channel and Galveston Bay. Every year, tons of plastic refuse collects in the bayous and eventually makes its way to the Bay or the Gulf. The other day, I saw some people doing yard work and blowing the leaves right into the drains. While many might think this is harmless, that leaves are "biodegradable," actually, leaves clog up the drainage system and then cause flooding. The next "Trash Bash" event is planned for March 26, 2011, a day when many areas around Houston bayous and of the coast are cleaned of debris by caring individuals: Scouts, church groups, civic groups, individuals, and businesses all participate in the event to make the environment cleaner for people, birds, animals and reptiles. If you'd like to take part, check out the website.

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