Even though Hitchcox approaches his event from the perspective of a fisherman, he can’t help but enjoy the effect he sees once an area is left a little cleaner than he found it.
Stephanie Bilodeau, a bird biologist with Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, knows firsthand the importance of having a clean environment for local species on Boca Chica Beach.
This beach cleanup is one of many community-oriented cleanups put together by Richard Hitchcox, managing director of RGV Fishing Area and Waterway Cleanups since 2018.
The 27-year-old environmental science student and Brownsville native, is just one of many volunteers to come out on Saturday morning for the beach cleanup hosted by RGV Fishing Area and Waterway Cleanups in partnership with SPI Beach Cleanups and Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program.
In addition to providing a clean environment for the public, Hitchcox also took special pains to make sure that his volunteers had a safe environment to work in.