I know that in our fair city we sometimes confuse a college with a university and sometimes talk about them as if they were interchangeable. They are two different animals but are both considered higher education. Now, when you get their NAMES wrong… yikes! I think a certain reporter might be in some hot water, or uh maybe tepid water cuz it is after all, the Laredo Morning Times.
Laredo Community College was the site of the Dia del Rio as it has been for the last 16 years. Texas A&M International has no Paso del Indio, no Rio Grande nearby and no Environmental Science Center. They do have a nice planetarium, though 🙂
The happy note from all of this is the number of people who participated in the clean-up efforts – more than expected! Big River Outfitters also had a decent number of kayakers for the community races on the Rio Grande – not as many as they wanted but enough to make it interesting. The view of the Rio Grande will hopefully keep changing as more and more people take to the water for fun, just no crossing over. There is no way to make a Hartley mistake here but still… let’s stay within the law.
The night ended with a poolside party with a live band and plenty of food and beverages. It was a BEAUTIFUL night for an outdoor party at the Rio Grande Plaza and the lights of the international bridge reflecting on the Rio Grande was breathtaking. I only wish more people would have taken advantage of the free party, free food, free music, and free company (ha! that would be me).
Addition from the Kayaking Laredo facebook page:
El Mañana newspaper also reports that several groups on the Mexican side also cleaned up the shores of the Rio Bravo (as it is named by our neighbors to the South). Wow – that is AWESOME! Both sides of the river were covered and both had great turnouts. I don’t know why we don’t get more press about these projects that are done by two countries to benefit a shared river. Here is the beginning of the story that states volunteers covered 12K – check it out online:
NUEVO LAREDO.-Más de mil 100 personas, entre alumnos y profesores de diferentes planteles educativos de Nuevo Laredo, recogieron toneladas de basura de las márgenes del río Bravo.
Fue la celebración del Día Internacional del Río que realizaron ayer de manera simultánea diferentes organismos ambientalistas a lo largo de toda la cuenca en México y Estados Unidos, y que en Nuevo Laredo organizaron la Comisión Internacional de Límites y Aguas (CILA) y el Centro Internacional de Estudios del Río (CIER), con el apoyo del gobierno municipal.