Keep Orange County Beautiful plans to see the Sabine River cleaned up from Interstate-10 all the way south to the Port of Orange before the BASS Masters Elite Fishing Tournament comes to town in Mid-March.

For phase I of the cleanup, KOCB is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Air Boat Rides Inc of Orange to clean up both large and small items of waste and litter that have been thrown into the Sabine River. Air Boat Rides Inc. will do the cleanup, between I-10 and the City of Orange Boat Ramp, in collaboration with American Airboat Corp., manufacturer of the Air Ranger airboats that will be used in the Sabine River Cleanup.

Sean Adams of Air Boat Rides Inc. said, “We are very happy to partner with KOCB in their Sabine River Cleanup. Our tour boats are out on the river and in the swamp daily and it’s a shame that people leave the litter that they do.”

This portion of the Sabine River Cleanup covers approximately eight miles of the river and is made possible through funds provided by Southeast Texas Resource Conservation & Development  through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality SEP program.  KOCB has an ongoing relationship with RC&D who have funded other projects in Orange such as two electronic waste collection days last year.

Donna Scales, President of Southeast Texas RC&D said, “Removal of waste in the Sabine River, including tires and appliances, helps RC&D and TCEQ to improve our water quality as well as the quality of life in Southeast Texas.”

A second project, to be announced soon, will include another five miles or so of Sabine River frontage from the boat ramp down to the Port of Orange.

Keep Orange County Beautiful  (KOCB) is a non-profit organization whose vision is to see Orange County become the cleanest and one of the most beautiful areas in Texas. KOCB has chosen to focus its efforts on two prime areas – Trees and Trash.   KOCB’s mission is to educate, organize, and implement programs to achieve its vision.  Further information can be found on the website ( or email to

The mission of the Southeast Texas RC&D is to inspire leaders in rural areas to enhance their natural and economic environment and to improve their standard of living by advocating the wise use of their resources.  Administrative offices are located in Livingston.  RC&D cover eleven counties in Southeast Texas.

Airboat Rides Inc. offers airboat rides of the Blue Elbow Swamp and the Sabine River with two 22 passenger airboats.  They offer airboat tours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. With day tours and night airboat tours.  Further information can be found at

American Airboat Corporation custom manufactures airboats right in Orange that are used around the world.    Big name stars like Toby Keith and governments from all over the world have commissioned American Airboat to build boats for them.

Pictured above are Sean Adams of Air Boat Rides Inc. and J David Derosier, Chairman of Keep Orange County Beautiful (KOCB), signing the partnership agreement, and Shirley Zimmerman of Orange County Economic Development Corp. and a Board Member of KOCB. In the front row, left to right, are Joel Ardoin, Director Environmental Health & Code Compliance for Orange County; Donna Scales, Parks Director for Orange County and KOCB Board Member and President of Southeast Texas RC&D; Ida Schossow, President of the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce; Felicia Burke and Lacey Serrette, both KOCB Board Members.