Pecos River trash cleanup slated for New Mexico and Texas

An effort to clean up 300 miles of the Pecos River in New Mexico and Texas prompted government and private organizations to craft a plan for a trash pick up in late September, organizers said.

The Upper Pecos Watershed Association partnered with Pecos Business Association , Pecos Canyon State Park, Santa Fe National Forest, Truchas Chapter Trout Unlimited, New Mexico Economic Development Department, Keep Carlsbad Beautiful, Keep Roswell Beautiful, Roadrunner Gambler 505, San Miguel County, Pecos Texas, and New Mexico Wild Youth Rangers to organize an interstate river and road cleanup Sept. 25, according to a news release from the UPWA.

“This event showcases the meaningful partnerships between all agencies along the Pecos River and the dedication to resource stewardship and protection. In addition, the public’s participation in this event to protect the Pecos River is much appreciated,” said Magda Matecka, UPWA communications coordinator.

Trash and illegal dumping continued to be a problem in Carlsbad and Eddy County in 2021.

Litter and debris along the Pecos River in Carlsbad and Eddy County is nothing new, according to Keep Carlsbad Beautiful Director Mary Garwood.

Earlier this year, volunteers picked up more than 10 tons of trash and debris during the 22nd annual Riverblitz.

According to City of Carlsbad data, nearly six tons of trash were cleaned up during the 2020 Riverblitz.

Garwood said UPWA reached out to Keep Carlsbad Beautiful earlier this summer for the region-wide cleanup next month.