The San Marcos River Bottom is Covered With Cans

June 8, 2018 Last Updated: June 8, 2018

Residents on the banks of the San Marcos River are pushing for officials to adopt a ‘can ban.’

Aluminum cans and other trash from the Memorial Day weekend has polluted the bottom of San Marcos River and its banks, and cleanup efforts can’t keep up.

“We find just literally tons of cans on the bottom of the river,” said Tom Goynes, president of Texas Rivers Protection Association. “The young people today just simply are not keeping up with their cans. They’re throwing them out with wild abandon.”

An upcoming event called Float Fest in July is expected to bring another 20,000 people. Goynes believes that only a “can ban” will keep the problem from happening in the first place.

“It’s not working. We’re not keeping up with the trash, drinking out of a reusable floating container, that would be legal. We can try that,” said Goynes.

Goynes is not alone. Jack Fairchild lives along the river as well and has been fighting to ban cans for years. New Braunfels just down the road has already banned them.

Fairchild fears that with the number of tube rental companies that are popping up, the trash will reach his house soon.

“Another one was added, and then another was added, and now there are four. They keep moving downstream,” said Fairchild.

Goynes said the drinking needs to be done more responsibly, and officials should encourage some kind of regard for nature.

“I would love for the state of Texas to say, ‘Its our property and we’re going to make it better. We’re going to make it family-friendly again,'” said Goynes.

Float Fest released a statement, saying in part, “The festival organizes a river clean up a project, ‘Keep the River Clean,’ through partnerships with several local businesses. Float Fest cleanup efforts include mesh biodegradable trash bags available for free with tubes for floating.”