HARLINGEN, TX (ValleyCentral) – The Valley Environmental Coalition raises awareness of environmental issues in the Rio Grande Valley through an annual summit.
Coalition Treasurer Chris Lash said the coalition became a non-profit organization in 2015 and has a mission to highlight and resolve issues in towns across the valley.
She said the organization involved legislative representatives, city officials and the community to tackle environmental issues.
Lash explained that some of the biggest problems in our area are illegal dumping and pollution in our waterways such as canals and resacas.
She said a big problem in the area is the illegal dumping of tires and bulky waste.
âI would recommend as a citizen as a resident, familiarize yourself with what your city has to offer, often cities have a collection of brush, but they also have a collection of bulky waste. Use the resources you have in your city, âLash said.
She said it’s also important to learn and understand recycling to avoid sending items to landfills.
If your city doesn’t have a recycling center, there should be a drop-off facility, according to Lash.
The coalition holds an annual summit with speakers addressing a variety of issues.
“We’re going to talk about the quality of our water, in the areas of the bay that go into the island and I think a lot of these issues we face can really be changed, impacted and affected, creating awareness , âLash said.
The Valley Environmental Summit is scheduled for October 1 and the next day there is a beach clean-up scheduled on South Padre Island.
Lash said although registrations for the summit are closed, they will accept walk-in tours.