Texas Beach clean up event hopes to remove trash from one of our favorite places to get trashed

by | Jul 7, 2016 | RICHMOND NEWS

Texas Beach, a popular James River spot frequented and beloved by Richmonders for… any number of reasons… is getting its annual cleanup this Saturday, and there’s still time for you to pitch in and volunteer.

Organized by the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club and Clean Sweep RVA, this year’s Texas Beach cleanup has already garnered an overwhelming amount of support from the local community, with folks like Texas Beach Bloody Mary Mix helping out with supplies and labor.

“Sometimes you hit the right time, and people are looking for something to do and it just catches on like wildfire,” said Amy Robins, co-founder of RVA Clean Sweep, a local volunteer cleanup group. “It doesn’t always happen that way, but it’s awesome when people have this much excitement about making sure that their green space is clean.”

The excitement is so great, in fact, that Texas Beach can’t even handle the amount of people who have volunteered. That just means they’ll be directed to clean up other areas in need.
“The reality is that Texas Beach can’t handle 300 volunteers,” Robins said. “There’s not enough space, there’s not enough trash. We’re not discouraging anyone from coming to this cleanup, but we’re gonna have an overflow site, so that once we know we’ve already saturated the Texas Beach area, we’re gonna send people out to a second point, and help them clean up the Randolph area, and move into Byrd Park.”

Even though there is an effort being made to clean up Texas Beach, there is also a conscious effort on behalf of Beach goers to keep it clean, according to Austin Green, a founding member of the Texas Beach Bloody Mary Mix, which gets its name from the treasured spot.

“I don’t think that it’s all people organizing events that are doing this,” Green said. “There are definitely citizens who take it upon themselves to pick up after others, even in their daily trips to the river, and we’re always appreciative of that.”

While the Sierra Club organizes local events like this Texas Beach cleanup, it is primarily an advocacy group, working to advance policies that reduce pollution and expand the use of clean energy. They have recently been fighting for a strong implementation of the Clean Power Plan, which would introduce for the first time limits on carbon emissions produced by power plants.

“Next Saturday, we are picking up trash, which is just one type of pollution,” said Ben Weiner, Communications Assistant for the Virginia Sierra Club. “Every day the club is fighting pollution in the air we breathe and water we drink – we’re trying to pick up that trash, too.”

Check out the event on Facebook here.

Editors notes: While I don’t think we can legally advocate or condone drinking at Texas Beach, we can tell people it is a massive dick move to bring glass to the river so whatever you chose to consume, keep it in cans or plastic!

James Miessler

James Miessler

more in community

RVA 5×5 | Substantial Doubt of Competency, More Meals Tax Issues

While the Mayor and friends were busy celebrating the AAA bond rating upgrade atop City Hall, inside the lower levels the city continues to fall apart. Most notably, the meals tax fiasco that we were told was being handled and improved is showing more and different...

‘VASK8R’ | Starting Over at the Local Roller Rink

The rules are simple: don't get in anyone’s way and try to look good while doing it. The warehouse off Williamsburg Blvd mimics many of the same buildings near the Richmond International Airport. But on Wednesday night, when many of the local businesses have locked...

Join the Mission: Becoming a Foster Parent in Richmond

Last month was Foster Care Awareness Month, so we reached out to Alexa Reitz, the Program Director of the Richmond Regional Center at UMFS (United Methodist Family Services) to get some insight into how this all works. The conversation shed light on the critical role...

Lewis Ginter’s New Vibe: Kyle Epps’ Artistry in Full Bloom

It’s been long-known that the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is Richmond’s horticultural Eden. You might even know Lewis Ginter was a notoriously generous philanthropist who established the eponymous park and The Jefferson Hotel. But if you go to the park this Summer,...

Wave That Flag! Richmond’s Pride 2024 Events Are Here to Slay

We are a little late on this but Virginia Pride has unveiled the schedule for its annual "Endless Summer of Pride" campaign, a celebration of the Richmond region's LGBTQ community. The campaign kicked off on May 31 with a pride flag-raising ceremony at City Hall,...

Can You Dig It? Richmond’s ‘Game of Shrooms’ is On!

This Saturday, June 8, you’re in for a quirky twist on your morning jaunt around Richmond. Prepare to encounter some wildly creative, fungus-fueled art installations as the 'Game of Shrooms' returns to sprinkle its spores around the globe—and right here in River City....

RVA 5X5: It Was The Dime Bridge Before It Cost A Nickel

The post last week on the history (and future) of the Mayo Bridge was a big hit; so this week we will look at the Boulevard Bridge (aka the Nickel Bridge) after reading an article in the Times-Dispatch that was followed by a photo collage of old photos from the...