Big River Foundation Takes Us Rafting To Show How Safe Rio Grande River Is
Mar 29, 2013 at 4:52 PM CST
Mar 29, 2013
Laredo often gets a bad rap because of the violence that takes place across our border. The Big River Foundation took us out on the Rio Grande to show us how safe it is. The Executive Director of the Big River Foundation gives us a brief description of what to expect once we hit the water. It's clear to see this is something he is passionate about and wants everyone else to love. "If local people don't take advantage of this resource, then people outside aren't going to believe it's a safe thing." Ellman says people are surprised at the beauty the Rio Grande has to offer. During our trip, we saw a variety of different species of birds along the river banks. It's not only the beauty that catches people off guard, but also the safety. We never saw any threats from people on the Mexico side. "We've put 3,000 people on the river in the last four years and we've never had an incident." Also visible during our rafting trip is the border patrol presence. "Border cities have so much law enforcement that they have a much lower crime rate than cities inland." He says people need to experience it for themselves to see there's no danger. Someone who was on our raft has been doing this for over a year and says he can't believe more people don't. "You have a lot of honking, sirens and a lot of people running around in the city. Once you jump on the water, all that disappears." Ramos says he was surprised at how the people along the Mexico border react to this hobby. "The people are friendly. you don't have much to worry about. It's not like they're going to swim across and cause any trouble." All ages and skill sets are welcome to see the hidden treasure of the Rio Grande River. "You don't have to leave Laredo on the weekend to do something fun and interesting. Come on down to the river."