Pollution problem continues in Port O’Connor

Matagorda Bay continues to get polluted, despite annual clean up day.

PORT O’ CONNOR – Climate change, pollution, and littering on our own water resources has become a concern for many people.

In 2017, 275 companies across Texas emitted 63 million pounds of hazardous and climate warming pollutants from their facilities.

The Washington D.C. based environmental working group identified 37 utilities serving nearly 25,000 Texans in violation of federal standards for clean water. The San Antonio Bay partnership and Allan Berger, the Chairman Board of Directors for this organization arranged a day for volunteers to go out and clean up all the pollutants near Port O’ Connor’s Matagorda Bay.

“Our Bay clean up event is called Port O’ Connor Shorelines Clean Up and it is September the 12th. It’s a Saturday morning,” he said.

On September 12, they removed 4.6 tons of trash and cleaned up 19 miles of the shoreline. Collecting about 239 plastic trash bags and 2382 plastic bottles. Allan Berger shared some steps we can take to release little to no trash onto our own water sources.

“I think the most important thing people can do when they’re on the Bay is to secure their trash. I showed you several examples today of stuff that’s floating in the water that likely flew off of somebody’s boat. The second thing you can do is to choose an alternative container. For example, during our clean up, we gave all of our volunteers this water bottle and said use this. Don’t bring a plastic bottle onto the bay,” he said.

The more conscious we are about our actions and cleaning up after ourselves, the less likely we are to leave these pollutants around.

If you would like to volunteer for next year’s clean up day or to learn more, click on the following link:

https://www.sabaypartnership.org/

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