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About Us

Texans For Clean Water was formally organized in 2013 when Mike Garver of Houston and Trammell Crow of Dallas joined forces to bring the problem of floatable debris in our waterways to state and local officials. The goal of Texans For Clean Water is to organize a statewide group of business leaders and local government jurisdictions through a common initiative. Restoring the viability of our waterways improves neighborhoods, brings recreational opportunities to our communities, and encourages economic growth.


Our research shows that Texans are increasingly worried about the amount of litter in our Texas waterways. We must do better to protect our beautiful Texas environment. Education and collaboration between the business community and the government are key to developing and adopting best practices to prevent storm water debris and litter from entering our waterways. Through our innovating rebate program, we plan to clean up our Texas waterways and provide the taxpayer with a benefit in recycling.

Our Founders


Mike Garver

“The Trash Man of Buffalo Bayou” - As Chairman Emeritus of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership in Houston, Mike Garver truly is “The Trash Man of Buffalo Bayou.”  Mike graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and has founded multiple companies, including BRH-Garver Construction, LP, where he serves as CEO.  The Trenchless Technology “Person-of-the-Year” and the Houston Product Partner “City Beautification” award winner is an important part of Texans for Clean Water. 


Trammell S. Crow

Trammell S. Crow is the founder of EarthX, (formerly known as Earth Day Texas), the largest annual exposition and forum showcasing initiatives, research, innovations, policies, and corporate practices serving the environment.  With a focus on inspiring environmental leadership across sectors and party lines, Crow serves on the Board of Directors for Global Green and C2ES as well as Co-founder of Texas Business for Clean Air since 2008 and Texans for Clean Water since 2013.  His philanthropy work benefits various nonprofit organizations that are active in family planning, education, the environment, community initiatives, and political causes.


I.T. "Tex" Corley

I.T. “Tex” Corley helped form Texans for Clean Water from his wealth of experience. After graduating from Lamar University in 1971 with a BBA in Accounting, “Tex” began building an impressive resume that includes 10 years on the board of the Container Recycling Institute and 11 years as President of MedCon, a privately owned medical waste disposal company. In 2009, he retired after 14 years as CEO of Strategic Materials, Inc.– the largest recycled glass processor in North America.


Chuck Carlberg

“A True Green Soul” - If he could, Chuck would bottle up everything that makes Houston such a wonderful place to live and work, so he can show the world.  As “A True Green Soul,” Chuck strives to improve the quality of life in Houston. He served on the Houston Parks Board and Memorial Park Conservancy. He is also the past chairman of Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Partnership and one of the founding members of the Quality of Life Coalition. Chuck loves the Houston region and is committed to protecting it. That is why he helped found Texans for Clean Water.


Ed Wulfe

Chances are Ed Wulfe has already made an impact on your community. The Chairman, CEO and founder of Wulfe & Co. and Texas A&M graduate's more than 50 years of experience in commercial real estate, community redevelopment, and civic leadership brought valuable insight to Texans for Clean Water. His renovation of Meyerland Plaza and the development of BLVD Place, among many other impactful projects, added to his extensive list of leadership roles in the city of Houston, including the Greater Houston Partnership and the Methodist Hospital center, which exhibit just a few of Ed Wulfe's contributions to the Houston area. We continue to honor Ed's legacy as a significant founder of Texans For Clean Water.

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