Take pride in your own stretch of the Trinity River

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 820 million pieces of litter blanketed state roadsides in 2005. Due to rainwater runoff, much of that trash ends up in the river.

Learn more about Adopt-A-River

The Adopt-A-River Program, sponsored by Streams & Valleys and the Tarrant Regional Water District, invites individuals, organizations and businesses to volunteer as caretakers of their very own section of the Trinity River. All it takes is five people minimum (if you can’t find four others, we’ll help you join an existing Adopt-a-River group).

    • Organize and conduct semi-annual cleanups over a two-year period (at least four cleanups altogether).
    • Participate in the Trinity River Trash Bash held each September.
    • Share information with neighbors about ways to prevent stormwater pollution.
  • RECOGNITION: A sign placed in your adopted area will recognize your efforts.
  • PRIZES: The group that collects the most trash after a single rain event will earn a special surprise.

Don’t throw away this opportunity to keep the river cool.
Learn more at or by calling 817-335-2491.


  • Sweep up driveways, sidewalks and gutters.
  • Use organic fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Compost your yard waste.
  • Check your car for leaks and repair them as soon as possible.
  • Recycle your motor oil and anti-freeze.
  • Never dump anything down a storm drain.
  • Take your car to a commercial car wash instead of washing it in the driveway. Even “biodegradable” soaps are harmful to fish and wildlife.
  • Pick up after your pet. Bacteria from pet waste are a serious threat to water quality.
  • Clean paint brushes (latex or water-based paints) in a sink, not the street.
  • Store or dispose of leftover chemicals properly, not in the trash.