Trashy eyesores float along Guadalupe in New Braunfels


by Karen Grace / KENS 5

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 12:06 AM

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas -- Despite a law banning containers on the Guadalupe River, unsightly  trash is still collecting along the waterway, and residents there want it cleaned up.

So what more can be done?

The windy weather has been blowing a lot of debris and trapping it in the branches of trees that line the Guadalupe.

"A lot of times I trap trash," said Fidel Brastgui, a fisherman out at the river. Brastgui is hoping to catch a bass, not a bottle.

"It's kind of trashy," he said. "And the water is too low."

Even with a city ordinance to ban cans, other litter is making its way into the Guadalupe.

A toppled tree turned out to be a catch-all for cookie wrappers, plastic cups and even tossed reusable containers. A bird's eye view from Chopper 5 HD captured the bigger story: Mounds of unsightly trash are piling up along the waterways.

The Guadalupe Blanco River Authority redirected KVUE's sister station KENS to the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce for answers to the litter problem.

"Most storm water drains drain to the rivers," said Judy Young with the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. "We try to get that stuff picked up. Sometimes there's a little area with weeds on the top."

But the trash had to come from somewhere. Brastgui suspects people need to be less careless with the environment.

If they aren't, they'll likely pay the price. If caught littering, violators could face state fines of up to $500.