Tubers trashing Comal River

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Associated Press

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 4:03 PM

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) — Some tubers packing the popular Comal River over the weekend say the experience is being tainted by trash in the river.

A recent report from the city of New Braunfels backs that up, showing litter is up 438 percent from last year and 356 percent over 2012.

A so-called anti-litter "can ban" that prohibited tubers from carrying beer and other throw-away food and beverage containers within city limits was in effect those years.

But a judge earlier this year, acting on a lawsuit filed by tubing and tourism firms, found the prohibition unconstitutional and ordered the city not enforce it.

The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung reports (http://bit.ly/TYpbnH ) divers over the Memorial Day weekend recovered 242 pounds of trash. Last year on the same weekend, the haul was 45 pounds.

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Information from: New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, http://herald-zeitung.com

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