On Sunday, September 17th, is the Lake Travis Cleanup, so I interviewed Robert Weiss about the litter problem to get a bit of background. Mr. Weiss runs Lake Travis Scuba, a scuba chartering business, and he has seen firsthand the amount of trash that pollutes the lake. A couple of years ago, he offered to provide transport for the divers participating in the lake cleanup. He has been doing that ever since. Here is some of what we talked about:
What is the strangest thing that you have found?
"We assisted bringing up [a] prosthetic leg, several chairs, thousands of sunglasses, knives, apple watches, 100 dollar bills, and assisted in recovering an $11,000 wedding ring- 182 bags of trash in general. We find a lot of unique things in the lake, both trash and treasure."
What can water enthusiasts like our scuba troop do to help keep trash out of the lake?
" It is about making the public aware. That just as we have, “Don’t Mess With Texas”, that it also applies to above and below the water. We thought about how to provide some sort of floating trash receptacle, but the best thing that can be done is just public awareness.
Here you are at thirteen years old, you are concerned about how to prevent trash in our environment. As people get older they forget those messages, and those important lessons that you are learning and trying to convey out to others. The more that you are involved in these efforts, the more that you are aware of it, and it takes everybody to fix this problem and to help maintain the beauty of these lakes and the beauty of our land."
It is so sad that no one realizes that trash doesn’t go away when you drop it in the water! I am really glad that there is a Lake Cleanup Day to “maintain the beauty of these lakes”. Don’t Mess With Texas!