While the recent rains have provided some relief for Central Texas, the water has washed tons of trash into the lakes around town.
The City of Austin's Watershed Protection Department has crews cleaning debris out of Lady Bird Lake. Last year, their crews cleared about 250 tons of trash from the water.
The task requires tough manual labor, but the city says this is the only way to clear the litter.
"The water runs down the gutters and down into those holes, but that then goes straight into the creek. It doesn't go into some magical hole where it gets processed," Wendy Morgan of the Watershed Protection Department said. "It goes straight into the creeks, which then as the water falls, washes the water into our lake."
Lady Bird Lake receives trash from all the way from Shoal Creek. Tom Miller Dam does not open its gates because of the drought, so there is no current in the lake, causing debris to continually gather.