Posted: Mar 25, 2013 6:10 PM by Heather Jackson
Updated: Mar 26, 2013 10:59 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Last month, we told you about a different kind of photo contest.
The rules were simple: submit a photo of an illegal dumping site and you could win up to $750.
Now, the coastal bend council of governments has announced the winners. But it wasn't just about taking photos; it was about cleaning up the city.
With the motor blaring..the president of the Nueces River Protection Association, Tim McWha, takes off on his weekly boat ride to search the river for trash.
"I've seen the river the way it used to be..and to see it in the shape it is today compared to then it's just upsetting," Tim McWha, the President of Nueces River Protection Association explains.
It didn't take long before tim spotted a broken down refrigerator just floating in the river. So he slowed down to get a better look.
He says this is what really gets his blood boiling. His desire to bring attention to the problem is what won him second place in the "Illegal Dumping Photo Contest".
He took a snapshot of one of the sources of the river's junk.
"The photo I took for that was on County Road 73 where a lot of the trash that ends up in the river where it actually generates from," Tim McWha shares.
The contest was to bring awareness to the community about how bad illegal dumping is. Thanks to the photo contest, 70 of those photos that were taken were verified. Out of those, 30 of them were actually cleaned up.
This was the first year of the contest but for McWha, it was not about winning. His group is devoted to searching the river for garbage and cleaning it up.
"We think by cleaning it up we'll get more kayakers and more...people who like to fish and just enjoy the river...to come out," McWha says.
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