Tubers float the river with cans in hand

Tubers floating the river on Memorial Day weekend (Alex Penrose / KXAN)

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) — Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, and tubers floating the river in New Braunfels this summer will be able to float the river with a cold can in their hand for the first time in three years.

The can ban that cut down on trash in the river also hurt businesses alongside it. Thus, the ban has been tossed out, and that has businesses excited for summer.

“It made people more aware and appreciate what they have… ya know, the resources they have,” Lisa Abelow said.

Since it was enacted, businesses along the river waited for the can ban to be lifted.

“We knew it would be lifted,” tubing company owner Shane Wolfe said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t realize it would take two years and hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

Tubers said they tried to help clean up the mess others left behind on the river.

“You know what, I probably saw like three or four cans at the most the entire float,” Ty Thompson said. “I picked up one. I saw a buddy of mine pick up one, and then a couple other people picked up one.”

“It’s not like rabid,” Thompson said. “Everybody was picking them up. People just don’t want trash in the river. That’s not what they want.”

“We’ve had some customers here today… this Memorial Day weekend… that we haven’t seen come back in a few years,” Wolfe said.

“I don’t know if the can ban really made an impact in the long term perspective,” Abelow said, “but at least it made the community more aware of what they were doing.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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