We can all agree that trash in our creeks is gross. Cleanup is difficult and expensive for taxpayers, and it can ruin our beautiful natural recreational areas.
Each year, City staff and volunteers pull approximately 11 tons of trash from Lady Bird Lake. An additional 4,500 tons are removed annually from Austin streets. Some of these discarded items were dropped directly into the river, but most trash washes in during rainstorms. The trash enters the creek through storm drains from streets, parking lots, sidewalks, and parks.
In response to public concern, we conducted a field survey to better understand the sources and distribution of trash in and near Austin’s waterways as well as a benchmarking study of strategies to address it.