Lake Clean Ups

August 17, 2011

The Central Texas Chapter is proud to partner with Keep Austin Beautiful bimonthly to help keep Lady Bird Lake (formerly known as Town Lake) clean and healthy for all to use. Our clean up staging site is at the Texas Rowing Center in downtown Austin. You can sign up at KAB’s website by following the link below.

Love Lady Bird Lake but hate the styrofoam washed up along its shoreline?  Join Keep Austin Beautiful,  the COA’s Watershed Protection Department, the Trail Foundation, and numerous other sponsors, volunteers and coordinators in an increased effort to put the finishing touches on this beautiful asset to our community.  This program is made possible thanks to generous funding from the COA’s Watershed Protection Department and the Trail Foundation.

Adapted from Keep Austin Beautiful’s website:

Clean Lady Bird Lake

Lady Bird Lake is described as the crown jewel of Austin, and for good reason. With miles of trails, places to picnic or play with your dog, canoeing and kayaking access, and close proximity to Downtown, Lady Bird Lake exemplifies the active/laid back Austin lifestyle.

While it tops many people’s list of places to take visitors it also tops the list of places KAB gets trash complaint calls about.  Nine watersheds (Eanes, Barton, West Bouldin, East Bouldin, Blunn, Harpers Branch, Johnson, Shoal, & Waller) flow into the lake and after every storm an increase in trash on the lake’s surface is apparent as trash washes from the streets –> storm drains –> creeks –> lake.   Over the years KAB has regularly organized cleanups of the lake and thousands of volunteers have pitched in to pickup trash.  However, as the city continues to grow the amount of trash does to, so volunteers are stepping up their cleanup efforts.

CLICK HERE to see photos of volunteers in action!

Action Plan

  • Large Scale Cleanups every other month featuring on-the-water, as well as, shoreline volunteers.  Click on the year for results: 2009, 2010.  Click on the below dates for more information and to sign up. Links are activated when registration is open for each date.
    • 2012 Cleanups scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of every other month:   February 11th, April 14th, June 9th, August 11th, October 13th, & December 8th.

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