The Medina River Protection Fund
Kayak over waterfall on Medina River

2019 Cleanup Planned for May 4, 2019 – The 19th Annual Medina River Cleanup

For more information on the cleanup:
Robert Brischetto

To register for our email list, email:
Sharon Sloan, Secretary

More than 200 participants from all over Texas are expected to gather at the Bandera City River Park by the dam to clean 12 sections totaling 50 miles of the Medina River. Registration will be from 9 AM until noon and all participants will receive T-shirts (provided by Kerrville Recycling) and supplies for the cleanup. County Commissioner Bobby Harris and his cooking crew will have breakfast tacos and coffee available at registration. Bobby and his crew will also provide a lunch and a three-meet Bar-B-Que dinner from 5 to 7 PM for all volunteers and donors. Entertainment also is provided at the 5 to 7 PM Bar-B-Que.

Section heads have been identified for each of the 12 parts of the river and are listed on the web page for those who wish to paddle the river on cleanup day. Canoes are the responsibility of the paddlers and coordination with section heads on the shuttles is necessary.

For those who would like to camp, free camping is available on May 3rd and 4th in the Bandera City Park and the Pioneer River Resort. RV sites with full hookups are available to river cleanup participants at Pioneer at half the normal rate. For reservations call 1-866-371-3751 or 830-796-3751 or email Judy Pace at

Medina River Protection Fund is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) charitable organization. If you would like to support this effort with a tax-deductible donation, please make your check payable to "Medina River Protection Fund" and mail to:

The Medina River Protection Fund
P.O. Box 417
Lakehills, Texas 78063

Thank you for your participation and your donation. With your help, we can ensure a future for the Medina River amid the growth and development that is taking place in Bandera County.

Review of the 2018 Cleanup - The 18th Annual Medina River Cleanup

On May 5, 2018, more than 200 volunteers from 27 Texas towns and as far away as Cambridge, MD participated in the river cleanup. Volunteers ranged in age from 1 year to 90 years old making the cleanup a truly a multi-generational effort. The participation of two boy scout troops (one from Cibolo and another from San Antonio), and a girl scout troop from San Antonio meant that approximately one-fourth of the volunteers were 18 and under while almost one-fourth were 65 and older.

The cleanup removed more than 3,000 pounds of recyclable metal and approximately 2 tons of trash. These amounts were larger than anticipated without having had a flood in the previous year. In addition to what was removed during the cleanup, two trailers were removed about 3 weeks later when Jim Randle and 2 other volunteers returned with a tractor, cutting torches, and other tools to cut up and remove the two trailers that had been wedged in between cypress trees in an earlier flood. All total, more than 2 tons of recyclable metal was collected which generated $462 from Kerrville Recycling to the Medina River Protection Fund.

County Commissioner Bobby Harris and his crew kept the Bar B Que grill going all day. They provided breakfast tacos at registration, lunch later, and at the end of the cleanup, served a three-meat barbecue dinner to all participants. Rodney Joe Smith and Woody Wood entertained with country western music.

Sponsors of this year’s cleanup included the Lake Medina Conservation Society, Texas Rivers Protection Association, Bandera County Commissioners Court, the City of Bandera, the City of Bandera Economic Development Corp., Bandera Business Association, City of Bandera Economic Development Corp., Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District, Lowe’s Market Bandera, Johnny Boyle, Jr. of Bandera Wine and Spirits and Bandera True Value, Kerrville Recycling, H.E.B. Grocery Stores, Zanfel Laboratories, and The Medina River Co.

The annual river cleanup is conducted as a service of to the Bandera community and surrounding area by the Medina River Protection Fund which is a 501(c)(3) public charitable organization. The Medina River Protection Fund was established as a perpetual fund to engage residents and businesses throughout the area in a citizen-based effort to preserve and protect the river. Bobby Harris is President and Don Sloan is treasurer. Tax-deductible donations may be made out to:

The Medina River Protection Fund
PO Box 417
Lakehills, TX 78063

Look for photos of the cleanup on our Pictures page.

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Thank you for your participation and your donation. With your help, we can ensure a future for the beautiful Medina River amid the growth and development that is taking place in Bandera County.

Find out how the Medina River is flowing at the dam in Bandera: USGS Real-Time Water Data for Medina River Website:

Find out how the Medina River is flowing at Moffet Park in Medina, TX:

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