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Published on February 06, 2024
San Antonio Rallies Volunteers for 29th Annual Basura Bash with Prominent Local PartnershipsSource: Unsplash/ Krzysztof Hepner

San Antonio is gearing up for the 29th Annual Basura Bash, and this year's cleanup is expected to make waves with a flood of volunteers and an expanded reach across the city. The event, slated for Feb. 17, has become a pivotal part of San Antonio's environmental community service, rallying folks from all over to tidy up local creeks and rivers. According to a statement obtained by the San Antonio Report, River Aid San Antonio, a nonprofit that kicked off in late 2021, has taken the helm of the event.

This year’s environmental showdown is particularly noteworthy as River Aid San Antonio, after bagging a $25,000 grant from the Bexar County, has also clinched a contract for monthly cleanups of Woodlawn Lake. In an episode of the bigcitysmalltown podcast, Executive Director Charles Blank shared, “We’re going to be sitting down with [the city], with parks and recreation, and solid waste, and we’re going to be discussing [a fall event]." He continued, emphasizing the need "to keep the mass-energy of Basura Bash going on more than once a year." Reflecting the clean sweep of last year's effort, volunteers pulled an impressive 20 tons of trash from the city's waterways – a hefty feat for a bunch of willing hands.

In a synergy that's both fresh and fecund, the Brackenridge Park Conservancy is partnering with River Aid San Antonio for the first time, to mark the park’s 125th Anniversary with a maiden voyage into the bash. The Texas Public Radio noted the partnership's debut at this annual community river and waterway clean-up event.

"[Basura Bash] has been going on for 29 years strong, and it’s a grassroots effort, which is why I’ve been so impressed with it," Blank told the San Antonio Report. The event, which has historically drawn in 1,500 to 4,000 volunteers, seems to be on track to outdo itself under Blank's watch. He and his team have upped the ante by adding new locations and welcoming a battalion of 1,600 volunteers... and counting. It's clear that while the trash may be useless, the effort most certainly is not.