Volunteers rally together for local lake cleanup

September 25, 2013 by  

Volunteers from all over Texas, including Cedar Park, gathered together recently to take part in the Lake Travis Underwater & Shoreline Cleanup for the 19th year. As the shoreline and waters of Lake Travis were cleaned, around five tons of rubbish was removed and taken to be recycled. Over 1,000 volunteers took part in the annual cleanup, to keep the lake healthy and pollution free.

The cleanup operation for Lake Travis started in 1994 when local divers gathered to concentrate their efforts on the lake. A collaboration between Travis County Parks, Colorado River Alliance, and Keep Austin Beautiful now organizes the event each year. According to organizers of the event, this is the largest operation in Texas.

Volunteers include scuba divers and those who clear the shoreline. The rubbish is cleared from the waters of Lake Travis and the surrounding parks in the Travis area. A party is held following the cleanup to say thank you to all those who volunteer their time and expertise to work on the location. Held at The Oasis, which is on Lake Travis, the celebration includes competitions, lunch, a DJ, and educational segments to raise awareness.

Some years are worse than others, especially those years in which there has been a drought, and an estimated 37 tons of trash will end up on the lake this year. To raise awareness and ask for volunteers, a local print company will possibly be involved, using its flyer printing skills to produce information.