Volunteers needed for Trinity River sandbar cleanup

Trash is scattered along the banks of the Trinity River in Moss Hill.

When the weather is good, on most weekends you can find people camping and fishing along the banks of the Trinity River in Moss Hill. What they leave behind oftentimes is trash that ends up in the river, creating a risk for the fish and animals who rely on the river and problems for the people who fish in the waters.

In an effort to clean up the river banks, Stephanie Johnson and Shayla Harwell with Emergency Services District 7 (Hardin Fire Department) are teaming up with Texas Game Wardens Jake Noxon and Lauren Iles to organize a volunteer-led campaign on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will first gather at the Trinity River sandbar off of SH 105 just west of the Moss Hill intersection and then set off in pairs or small groups to pick up trash and debris. The collected trash will be bagged and hauled to an appropriate waste disposal or recycling site.

“We think it’s important to keep the trash out of the water. There are a lot of people in our area who live off the fish, so it’s a safety concern. The Trinity River can actually be a pretty place but the trash is ridiculous,” said Johnson.

Volunteers are encouraged to dress casual in jeans or pants, tennis shoes and a long-sleeved shirt. They could also consider bringing along sunscreen and insect repellent.

“We will have a table set up for signing people in when they arrive. We will get everyone’s basic information so we can make sure everyone is accounted for afterward,” Johnson said.

Donations of trash bags, water, Gatorade and snacks are needed. Johnson said they are also hoping to find someone willing to sponsor a sack lunch for the volunteers afterward. Donated supplies can be dropped off at one of the three following sites: First Liberty National Bank in Liberty, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Hardin Fire Department, Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Friday, 5:30 to 9 p.m.; and Liberty Fire Department on any date and time.

“Come out and help us support our local wildlife and keep the environment clean,” a statement on the event’s flyer reads.

For more information or to volunteer, call Johnson at 936-776-8477 or Shayla Harwell at 936-346-7083.

The Trinity River at Moss Hill
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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. While I support keeping trash out of our waters, I would not recommend you eat the fish out of the Trinity river as Texas Parks and Wildlife have said the waters are contaminated and one should not eat more than 8 oz a month or none at all if pregnant or a child depending on species of fish. Man has polluted our waters to the point the fish or no longer safe to eat. Look it up, Fishing bans and advisories in Texas, There are multiple warnings on the Trinity river. So don’t eat the fish.

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