Make a date to volunteer Rain or shine, it is time to get out and help clean up our rivers, lakes, bays and bayous. Last year, 4,417 volunteers from all over the city of Houston picked up 55 tons of trash plus 788 abandoned tires. In the Lake Houston area alone, 705 volunteers picked up 10 tons of trash and 69 old tires. “On March 31, we want to see more than 700 volunteers again this year,” said Henry Aghedo, site coordinator for the 2007 Rivers, Lake, Bays and Bayous Trash Bash at Lake Houston. “Registration will take place between 7 and 8 a.m. at Lake Houston Marina, Luce Bayou or New Port Beach. Registrants will receive a T-shirt and a wrist band. The wrist band will have a number that can be checked against a list of prizes. We will also have a playground, face painting, a clown and other events for the children. “After registration, each person will receive gloves, garbage bags and boat tags. The actual clean-up time is between 9 and 11 a.m. We will provide transportation to the New Port Beach location.” For the convenience of volunteers who have boats, they can register at any of the three Lake Houston sites. Boaters must be in compliance with all safety regulations and wear a life jacket while on the water. “While the volunteers are out picking up trash, lunch will be prepared. A free lunch and live music will be provided to all volunteers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “We will also have booths with educational information as well. We want everyone to take home with them the knowledge that keeping the environment clean is not just a one time deal. It must continue in the neighborhoods, at school and everywhere. Water is a limited resource and we must protect it,” Aghedo emphasized. Trash Bash is an annual environmental and recreational event designed to help keep Lake Houston clean. The City of Houston, in cooperation with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Crosby/Huffman Chamber of Commerce, Lake Houston Marina and the Boy Scouts of America, are sponsoring the 2007 Trash Bash. For additional information for individual or group registration, call Aghedo at 281-324-2979 or the Crosby/Huffman Chamber of Commerce at 281-328-6984, Lake Houston Marina at 281-324-1264 or visit the Trash Bash Web site at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Photo: Picking up trash along the banks of Lake Houston is a community effort. Photo by Henry Aghedo