NEW BRAUNFELS (July 7, 2014) Some of the tubers who spent the weekend driving down the popular Comal River over the weekend say the experience was being tainted by trash in the river.
A recent report from the city of New Braunfels backs that up.
It shows that litter has increased 438 percent from last year and 356 percent over 2012.
A so-called anti-litter "can ban" that prohibited tubers from carrying beer and other throw-away food and beverage containers within city limits was in effect those years, but earlier this year a judge, acting on a lawsuit filed by tubing and tourism firms, found the prohibition unconstitutional and ordered the city not enforce it.
Over the Memorial Day weekend divers recovered 242 pounds of trash from the river.
Last year on the same weekend, the haul was 45 pounds.