Keep Austin Beautiful dives into Lake Travis Underwater Cleanup

In partnership with Travis County and the Colorado River Alliance, Keep Austin Beautiful held the Annual Lake Travis Underwater Cleanup in Texas on September 15. New lake levels may have changed the shorelines of Lake Travis, but thanks to the 1,015 volunteers who came out last Sunday morning, every mile of Lake Travis was cleaned. Volunteers geared up with wetsuits, oxygen tanks, trash bags, and gloves to clean Lake Travis above and below the surface.  The value of their time totals $56,086 — Not including the $20 bill found during the cleanup at Starnes Island!

From the shoreline to the depths of Lake Travis, volunteers found everything from common keys, an old bike, glasses, cell phones (including iPhones), a boat motor, and shoes to more uncommon items such as tweezers, a 20-year-old cassette tape, a crankshaft, men’s underwear and a stainless steel grill. But the most unusual shoreline item of all was a pink flamingo cemented in a bucket found by Pack 205, who won a two-hour chartered sailing trip prize for their find. After the cleanup, volunteers headed over to The Oasis on Lake Travis for the Volunteer Appreciation Party featuring free lunch, live music, Finley the Fish’s dance moves, kids’ activities, and door prizes!

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