Scuba crews take to Comal to clean up tubers’ big mess

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) — Tubing draws big crowds to many rivers in Central Texas during the summer, but those crowds leave a lot of trash behind.

Groups took to the Comal River in New Braunfels on Thursday to clean up the mess.

In 2013, crews cleared 53 pounds of trash from the river over the Fourth of July weekend. In 2014, that amount skyrocketed to 313 pounds of trash.

KXAN photojournalist Paul Shelton followed along to see what all goes into cleaning up the river. Watch his story in the video above. 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. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

blog comments powered by Disqus