"Tires on the Brazos" is one of those stories that I can see both sides of when I step back, or even when I'm in the middle of it. There's not a lot of black and white from my view, just a whole lot of grey.
Can you imagine how upwards of 15,000 tires got on that property? If you assume all those tires were your average car or truck (and you'd be wrong to assume that), then that's 3,750 vehicles-worth of tires. Hard to fathom.
Can you imagine if your property was eroding away with every tide and wave? With gullies carved over hundreds and thousands of years, I wouldn't want my land to continue to be taken bit by bit. Hard to fathom.
Where the two hard to fathomables come together is the 1960s, when environmental consciousness was much different than today. You heard from Eddie Harrison saying tires aren't an option today. He explains in an online exclusive video about what they'd do today.
But in essence, it appears the owners of the Malley Wells property are grandfathered in to what, today, would be considered one of the biggest illegal dump sites in the Brazos Valley.
As someone who is not exactly a monetarily wealthy person, I fully see the side of the property owners. Can't afford to pick up the tires. Can't afford to buy the alternative. Can't afford to lose any more property value.
Therein lies the dilemma: is this important enough for someone else, some other organization to step in and fix this issue? And really, is the environmental impact fully known?
I wouldn't put myself in the tree hugger category, nor do I litter my trash on my property or others. Do I believe the environment should be preserved? Endangered animals saved? Rainforests preserved? Absolutely.
But does this one, small piece of very large, beautiful Washington County warrant outside attention and effort? Or are there better ways to spend money?
What's your take?