Thanks to a group of volunteers, a popular bayfront park in Corpus Christi and the nearby waters are a bit cleaner Saturday evening.
More than 70 volunteers fanned out around Cole Park with a simple goal in mind: keeping the park and bayfront clean. That's the goal of Operation Bayfront Cleanup, organized by Coastal Bend Bays Foundation and another face you might recognize, the Corpus Christi Joker.
More than 1,500 straws and over 1,000 bottle caps were retrieved in less than three hours. Straws and bottle caps might not sound like much, but the plastic that forms them doesn't biodegrade and would have been washed into the bay by the next rain shower. That's one reason why volunteers take to our bayfront parks and beaches each year to clear up the trash others have left behind.
"The straws, the bottle caps, cigarette butts. Those things that are in copious amounts here," were among the items volunteers retrieved, according to Jenny Vander Pluym with Coastal Bend Bays Foundation. "Of course, it would take the city all day to do one park for that. So that's what (sic) we are here to help. Those are the types of things that animals ingest, and impact them directly."
Volunteers included dozens of students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.