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I've been racking my brain figuring out how I can do something about all of the litter on the shorelines from IKE. I've spoke with others in the guide business and fellow sportsman that have said "there is nothing we can do." I DON'T BELIEVE IT AND UNFORTUNATELY I HAVE MORE TIME THAN MONEY.

In my most recent report (http://2coolfishing.com/ttmbforum/showthread.php?t=180455) I mention how unsightly the Port O'Connor shorelines are and that the debris have become stranded in areas that most would consider "pristine." Many shorelines around POC have debris above the high tide line that will remain there until another very high water situation presents itself or until hard blowing North winds arrive later this fall and some of the trash is distributed elsewhere. Currently and for a minimum of the next 3/4-weeks there will be enough water in the bays to make a minor clean-up successful, but we have to work quickly.

My plan is to gather debris, bundle it, tag it for removal, photograph it, record GPS coordinates and stake it on a shoreline nearby the collection area for future removal. My Beavertail poling skiff is ideal for maneuvering into tight/shallow quarters for removal/bundling, but not large enough to haul large loads back to the dock for disposal. For removal/transport to the mainland I have both a 20' & 23' deep draft boats and one 21' tunnel boat to assist with the future disposal. I have 3 teenagers with friends that will volunteer their time for the final removal, I'll even treat them to a cookout and some fishing while we are there.

One obstacle that I have not figured out completely is what to do with the debris once brought back to POC. If I cannot find a disposal site locally, I assume I will haul it on a flatbed to the Victoria County Landfill Site, unless someone has a better idea.

HERE'S THE "CATCH":
Due to the three major hurricanes that affected the Gulf this season I've lost enough business that I cannot afford to spend several days on the water to clean up alone. BUT........... I will take up to 2 persons per day to help with the cleanup and catch fish while they are there. For a fraction of my normal full day rate of $500 I will guide them sight-fishing, wading or anchor/drift fishing on the Beavertail poling skiff as long as they devote some of the day to the cleanup effort.

For as little as $300, 2 persons can spend the day on the water, catch fish and know that they have made a difference in the preservation of our bays and marshes. If you would like to help during the weekdays with the cleanup and not fish we can work something out.

I would like to see something done about the mess, this is my answer to the problem. Please feel free to post up or call me (361-564-7032) with your suggestions or ideas- Curtiss Cash
 

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Curtiss, great job for not only presenting a solution to the problem, but for offering your own time to help solve it. I hope your efforts are successful.
 

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Hats off to you sir. Best of luck. I am a bit far South to take you up on the offer(RGV). It would be nice if anyone down here would have done something similar after Dolly. God knows our bays could benefit from a bit of cleaning and sprucing up.
If anyone wants to replicate this fine effort in the LLM, PM me, I will be delighted to chip in.
 

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Hello Capt. Lowtide,
I'd be willing to come down and help you out for 5 or 6 days. I don't live in the area, so I need to make arrangements for a place to stay. Maybe bring a trailer. I'll give you a call.
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Let me know what I can do to help. I think the word needs to get out more soon! I will be more than happy to offer another boat, trailer, beer etc. When will it be??
 

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We need more people (the fact that your a guide is even more of an example) like you. As soon as I have the time and money, I will be joining your efforts (for sure).

Thank you from a fellow outdoorsman with all sincerity!!!!!!!!!
 

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Thanks for your thread Curtis.

I'll be out at Army Hole next weekend - I'll take a load or two of debris back to the dock with me, as I normally do anyway from the campers that leave **** there when they leave.
Are there any dumpsters at or near Froggies or Clarks?
It would seem to me that some kind of program sponsored by the fishing related businesses in POC (and other coastal communites) to organize clean-ups by making dumpsters available is called for.
 

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The Texas prison system should take some of their trusties down to the coast and help the clean-up efforts. That would be good tax money at work. They used to do this and it stopped for some reason.
 

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Currently there are not dumpsters available for debris removal.

It is sad, but some people dispose of their weekend household trash into any and all public use trash receptacle available and some of the private business dumpsters also. Good example would be the trash cans placed by the state next to the public boat ramps near Froggie's, almost any given weekend someone takes advantage of an easy disposal.

Some day I hope there will be a public disposal available, sure would make it easier to keep the shorelines clean. If the state or a private organization would supply a dumpster it would have to be locked and not available certain days and hours to keep some people honest users, sad but true. As POC becomes more developed there will be more trash and less places to rid of it.

I have ideas to rectify many problems associated with refuse in POC and on the water, but due to a very small budget most of them will remain where they came from.
 

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Curtiss,
Sounds like a great thing you are doing. I'd also be happy to help if I can make it down. This is the kind of grass roots organizing that alot of people don't take the initiative to do. Hats off to you and I hope it goes well. All of us weekenders will owe you a large debt of gratitude for keeping the waters debris free and safe.
 
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