RACA - River Access and Conservation Areas
Keep Texas Beautiful is excited to announce the return of the RACA program! Through funding from Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD), participating groups will be provided resources to perform river cleanups over the upcoming year.
RACA stands for River Access and Conservation Areas and is a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department program. TPWD has signed lease agreements that allow public river access across private land. Anglers and paddlers may use these leased areas for fishing and launching kayaks, canoes or other non-motorized boats. The program is funded by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program.
How to get your group involved
Step #1 - Pick your site
RACA sites are specific and limited to the options listed online. Please visit the link to determine which site fits your organization and gain additional details, such as an address and map of the site location.
Step #2 - Set a date and order supplies
All interested groups will need to register their event(s) and will receive a waterways cleanup kit including:
- Trash and recycle bags
- Mesh onion bags
- Trash grabbers
- Nitrile and work gloves
- Bug spray and sunscreen
- First Aid kits
Please click below to order your supplies and allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.
Don’t forget to add your event to our calendar, found below.
Step #3 - Contact the property owner
Once you choose your site it is a good idea to contact the property owner. You will find their contact information on the click thru link on the TPWD RACA site. Alerting the property owner lets them know who you are and that you will be on their property. They can provide you with more specific site information, such as parking options, area conditions and any details you may need. They can also assist you with scheduling and possibly recruit additional volunteers, if needed. Some property owners are businesses and may even be able to offer additional supplies and resources to your group.
Step #4 - Event Day Waivers
Step #5 - Wrap up Report
As with all KTB programs, we require a wrap up report at the end of each registered event. Please click the button below submit your report and do not forget to include your scanned liability forms and photos. We would love to see a before and after photo of each site and any fun moments you may have captured along the way.
Step #6 - Invoice
Additional useful resources:
- RACA Logo
- Sample liability waiver (KTB)
- Sample photo release forms
- Sample leader speech - Courtesy of Keep Austin Beautiful
- Sample safety speech
- Sample Boat donor agreement
- Sample emergency procedure
- Sample invoice
- Waterway Cleanup Manual - Courtesy of Keep Austin Beautiful
- Recycling guide - Courtesy of Keep Austin Beautiful
If you are an affiliate, please feel free to access your dashboard to see examples of successful past cleanups by clicking below.
If you are an affiliate, please access your dashboard to ask questions about cleanups, waterways and more on our affiliate forum by clicking below.
Thank you to Texas Department of Wildlife Foundation for funding this program.