Special to the Reporter

If you've been hearing about the Friends of the Brazos more and more lately, it's not just because we're in a terrible drought. It's because this group of folks is working to protect the river that's right here in our backyard.

The Friends started by doing river clean-ups in April each year and then continued to evolve - and the group is continuing to evolve and expand. The river clean-up is nine years old and we’ve removed over 1,500 tires. Each year we fill a dump truck and a dumpster.

That’s a LOT of trash that we’ve taken out of only about 15 miles of river - the same 15 miles each year - usually between the U.S. Highway 67 bridge and the FM 200 bridge at Brazos Point.

Several years ago the Brazos River Authority submitted an application to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to acquire all the water rights in the entire Brazos River Basin. Friends of the Brazos River got involved and hired scientists and lawyers to work to protect the river.

If you're interested in learning more about this organization, it is meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the M&W Ranch. Find directions and more details about the Friends of the Brazos at www.friendsofthebrazos.org.

If you want to just come to the meeting, we'd love to have you; if you want to eat breakfast with us, just RSVP and let us know so we have enough great food for everybody. E-mail Elowe@celebrationrestaurant.com to RSVP.