(Orange, Texas)

January 30, 2013

Phase I of Sabine River Cleanup begins

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Keep Orange County Beautiful  (KOCB) plans to see the Sabine River cleaned up from Interstate-10 all the way south to the Port of Orange before the BASS Masters Elite Fishing Tournament comes to town in Mid-March.

For phase I of the cleanup, KOCB is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Air Boat Rides Inc of Orange to clean up both large and small items of waste and litter that have been thrown into the Sabine River. Air Boat Rides Inc. will do the cleanup, between I-10 and the City of Orange Boat Ramp, in collaboration with American Airboat Corp., manufacturer of the Air Ranger airboats that will be used in the Sabine River Cleanup.

Sean Adams of Air Boat Rides Inc. said, “We are very happy to partner with KOCB in their Sabine River Cleanup. Our tour boats are out on the river and in the swamp daily and it’s a shame that people leave the litter that they do.”

This portion of the Sabine River Cleanup covers approximately 8 miles of the river and is made possible through funds provided by Southeast Texas Resource Conservation & Development through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality SEP program.  KOCB has an ongoing relationship with RC&D who have funded other projects in Orange such as two electronic waste collection days last year.

Donna Scales, President of Southeast Texas RC&D said, “Removal of waste in the Sabine River, including tires and appliances, helps RC&D and TCEQ to improve our water quality as well as the quality of life in Southeast Texas.”

A second project, to be announced soon, will include another 5 miles or so of Sabine River frontage from the boat ramp down to the Port of Orange.