Volunteers on Saturday gathered along Clear Creek, spending about four hours collecting debris and trash found in and around the water.

Beginning at 8 a.m., crews left the League City boat ramp, 1500 Egret Bay Blvd., to assist the Clear Creek Environmental Foundation. This is the foundation’s 20th year as host of the cleanup.

Hurricane Harvey, which struck in late August, polluted much of the creek. The foundation has been gradually cleaning up trash and debris for the past two months, Mike Stone, president of the foundation, said.

Stone has been involved in the cleanup since the beginning.

Because of Hurricane Harvey, Stone and the foundation are considering organizing a fall cleanup as well. Stone, however, isn’t sure how that would go.

“We come in the winter because the alligators and snakes are in hibernation,” Stone said. “The tide is also out, so we can collect much more trash.”

Stone said he has seen a couple of alligators in the creek and doesn’t want to endanger anyone.

“I think if we continue to do work when we can, we’ll make a difference,” Stone said.

On Saturday, boat captains dropped volunteers off at selected locations to effectively clean the creek. After a couple of hours, volunteers returned to the boat ramp with their captains and unloaded two barges of trash.

Anyone can volunteer for the yearly cleanup. This year, Americans United in Action brought a team of people to help.

The Clear Creek Environmental Foundations suggests volunteers bring work gloves and boots that can withstand water and mud.

Kelsey Walling: 409-683-5235; kelsey.walling@galvnews.com

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Kelsey is a staff photojournalist and joined The Daily News in 2017.

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