Three ways to keep Austin waterways clean

Here are some tips + tricks to care for Central Texas rivers and streams.

Photos of City Editor London cleaning, the Lake Creek Trail, and the trash she helped collect.

During a two-hour shift with Keep Austin Beautiful, the volunteer team picked up more than 20 bags of trash along the Lake Creek Trail.

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Hey ATXtoday readers, City Editor London here. 👋

I recently spent some time cleaning up the Lake Creek Trail with Keep Austin Beautiful. Not only did we pick up 20+ bags of litter and debris along the North Austin creek, but I also learned a lot about how to be a better steward of our Central Texas waterways.

Here are a few tips:

  • First thing’s first: don’t litter. You can also prevent waste from accidentally blowing away by not overfilling your trash bin and being extra careful while camping and hiking.
  • Next time you go for a walk or run, try plogging. Originally a Swedish trend, the now-global effort is as simple as picking up trash while out and about.
  • If you have land, plant native plants — they help reduce runoff into our lakes and streams + support local ecosystems.

Sign up to volunteer with Keep Austin Beautiful here, or click here for 31 other ways to give back in ATX.

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