On September 17th, my Girl Scout troop and I participated in a Lake Travis Cleanup, trying to fix the litter problem. We dove at Little Devil’s Cove, off a Just For Fun party barge that had volunteered their services to the Lake Cleanup.
The site was less than perfect, due to its trash chocked waters, but we were planning to dive down with bags to pick the junk up. I was super excited all weekend! I couldn’t wait to help!
My dad and I dove in one group which followed along the shore at about twenty feet. We started looking for trash and, at first, I couldn’t see anything; there was just a greenish, furry film covering everything. My dad picked up a strangely-shaped rock, dusted it off, and we realized it was actually a crumpled tin can! I started finding other things: whole glass bottles, cans, and even some beat-up sunglasses on a tree stump. Our group found two anchors and had to lug them up to shore for someone with an inflatable carrier to retrieve because they were too heavy to dive with!
We kept on diving, finding new and interesting things, (including a croc) until I found a fishing lure. I didn’t realize the lure still had string attached until it got tangled around my fins! We had to surface to get it off.
I asked myself, "How can people leave their fishing line like that?” Many things get tangled up in it, from birds to the unwary scuba diver. I am glad that we took the string out, along with the rest of the trash, so that nothing else gets harmed. All in all, we collected A BUNCH of onion bags filled to the brim! I am so glad that Lake Travis is cleaner now. We all need to do a better part in not littering so our lake stays clean! Even if you throw it away, it still could end up in our lovely lakes, which is something no one wants. Remember to reuse, reduce, recycle, and, most importantly:
DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS LAKES!!!