Trash At Hwy 19 Ramp Petition

River Trash

River Trash

 

Hello,

Due to the constant trash problem at the Hwy 19 ramp that spans the Trinity River on the border of Walker and Trinity Counties, we have decided to put an effort together to clean it up. There is usually trash present year around at the ramp itself and at popular bank fishing spots near the ramp.

There are no trash cans at the site and getting several on site would be a good start. We are hoping to have a local disposal company engaged to empty the can regularly.

 Recent photos

Signs discouraging littering and and noting the penalties for such would also be great. As stated on the Don’t Mess With Texas website (Don’t Mess With Texas):

“Littering is against the law and you can be fined up to $500 for trash less than or equal to five pounds or five gallons (as you may have seen on those blue Don’t mess with Texas signs). Repeat the offense, and you could face a fine of up to $2,000 and 180 days in jail.

It gets worse.

Discarding trash that weighs more than five pounds is considered illegal dumping and carries even steeper fines. In Texas, failing to cover your pickup-truck load is against the law and carries a fine of up to $200 for the first offense and $500 for repeat offenders.

Any law enforcement officer in Texas can enforce these laws.”

We plan be working working with state and county agencies as well as local businesses to bring this effort together.

There is early support from Texas Black Bass Unlimited (TBBU) and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) may be interested in putting up invasive species signs there.


 

Hwy 19 Ramp Trash

Thank you for participating in the Hwy 19 Ramp Trash petition!

Petition Goals & Project Plans


Location: Public Boat Ramp, Hwy 19 at the Trinity River

  1. Placement of trash receptacles at the boat ramp.
    1. Gain authorization to have trash receptacles (barrels) placed at the boat ramp and/or parking lot area.
    2. Obtain authorized trash receptacles (barrels) from the agency charged with maintenance and supervision of the boat ramp & adjacent area.
    3. Install or help install authorized trash receptacles (barrels) if required.
  2. Maintenance of trash receptacles at the boat ramp.
    1. Organize scheduled emptying of the authorized trash receptacles (barrels) if not provided by the agency charged with maintenance and supervision of the boat ramp & adjacent area.
    2. Create inspection schedule if not provided by the agency charged with maintenance and supervision of the boat ramp & adjacent area.
    3. Provide regular reports of damage or theft if required and not provided by the agency charged with maintenance and supervision of the boat ramp & adjacent area.
  3. Signage urging use of trash receptacles and penalties for littering at the boat ramp.
    1. Obtain official signage from the agency charged with maintenance and supervision of the boat ramp & adjacent area.
    2. Install or help install signs if required.
  4. Create public awareness and participation in keeping boat ramp, parking lot and surrounding area free of litter.
    1. Encourage using trash receptacles (barrels) if you find someone littering.
    2. Set a good example by using the trash receptacles (barrels) for your trash and pick up some trash other have left. Most will follow good examples we set.
    3. Report abusers. This might end up being part of the Don't Mess With Texas program. If it does, there is a reporting form on their website.

Thank You!
Your help is greatly appreciated!

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