NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful is wrapping up its annual litter index with the help of a logical partner. The East Texas Jeep Club is helping conduct the annual litter count.
Member Kelly Daniel prepares for the trip in routine fashion. First, crank up the tunes. Second, point the jeep north and head to the country back roads. It's a jeeper's paradise on a mild sun shiny day to take in the sights, with no particular purpose in mind.
Not this day. Katie Blevins, Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful executive coordinator is a passenger. "OK. We're counting now," announces Blevins with clip board in hand.
Tracking litter is on her mind.
"There's one right there. A water bottle," points out the sharp-eyed litter tracker.
Kelly Daniel says helping out KNB in the month long litter assessment is a perfect fit.
"Riding around the back roads is what we do any way. You got the top off. Take the doors off. You can really get some good looks at our roadsides," said Daniels with her hair held back with a SFA ball cap.
Assessments are made on four long county routes. A scoring system ranging from one to four is used. Every mile traveled, the litter is assessed the next half mile.
"So if you saw a lot of trash during the half mile section where you are scoring and there's nothing in the one mile break, it doesn't count because the scored part is the half mile with the trash," explained Blevins.
Shorter city routes are assessed in their entirety.
KNB analyzes the data when looking for ways to reduce litter in the community.
"If we ever want to develop programs related to litter throughout the county we can have this data reference," noted Blevins.
And jeepers like to say they played a role in Keeping Nacogdoches Beautiful.
"We care about our county, so I'm glad we're able to contribute," said Daniel.
The 2016 Litter Index for Nacogdoches County rated 1.58. Not the best, but a long way from being the worst.
For more information go to keepnacogdochesbeautiful.org.