The Lake Travis Cleanup began in 1994 as an informal gathering of divers in the Lake Travis area who turned their recreational diving ventures into a small-scale cleanup effort. Due to the popularity of the program, the LCRA and the Colorado River Alliance became involved a few years later to help facilitate boat support and proper waste disposal. The event is now managed by a partnership among the Colorado River Alliance, Keep Austin Beautiful, Travis County, and is in its 22nd year. Local dive volunteers, shoreline volunteers, and party volunteers gather to collect an average of 5 tons of trash from the bottom of Lake Travis and 11 Travis County Parks around the lake, while also helping to raise public awareness of the importance of Lake Travis and the Highland Lakes.
In recent years, we have added a post-cleanup celebration and lunch, complete with a DJ, t-shirts and door prizes to properly thank volunteers for a job well done. The Lake Travis Cleanup has grown in size and scope each year, attracting more volunteers, garnering more media attention and securing more in-kind support from local area businesses.
We look forward to building upon the success of this community conservation effort again this year. This annual event has tremendous impact on the health and vitality of the Texas Colorado River. Since the program began, more than 18,000 community volunteers have come together to remove over 108 tons of trash from Lake Travis.The 2016 Lake Travis Cleanup will take place on Sunday, September 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is traditionally held in September to coincide with timing of the PADI International Cleanup Day. Planning is underway and will continue through the event in September.