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Tubers Trashing Comal River

Updated: Monday, July 7 2014, 05:04 PM CDT

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 divers over the Memorial Day weekend recovered 242 pounds of trash. Last year on the same weekend, the haul was 45 pounds.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Tubers Trashing Comal River


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