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Strange Things Found in Lake Travis

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For the 16th year in a row, Lake Travis has been cleaned up. Hundreds of volunteers showed up Sunday morning to pick up trash along the shores of the lake and under the waters.

On average, five tons of trash is collected from Lake Travis. Many who volunteered say they enjoy the lake and want to make sure it's safe for all to use.

"What seems like simple, throw your trash overboard, it really does have long-term affects to the quality of the river," said Erin Franz, Executive Director of the Colorado River Foundation.

Some of the trash collected included aluminum cans, broken bottles, tires and fishing tackle. One diver cut his knee while collecting trash, others saying that should be a message to those who throw trash overboard.

"Use the garbage cans. Properly dispose of your waste. Our planet is not a huge garbage dump," said John Grey, a Lake Travis diver. "We need to throw it in the right place, leave no trace.

An event was held after the clean-up at Carlos and Charlie’s on Lake Travis, with a prize given to the most unusual item found. Some of the odd items found this year included an orange construction cone, a watching that was still working, and a whole watermelon.
 

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