New Braunfels Could Ban Containers on 2 Rivers


If your weekend plans include heading to New Braunfels to float the river, there could be some new ordinances you will want to know about.

Tubers on two Central Texas rivers could have to float along without containers of their favorite beverages.

The New Braunfels City Council on Monday night is scheduled to consider an anti-littering ordinance that would ban aluminum cans and plastic bottles on the Comal River and the Guadalupe River.

Mayor Gale Pospisil (PAHS'-pis-el) says tons of cans and bottles are removed from the rivers each week.

State and federal laws require New Braunfels, located 25 miles northeast of San Antonio, to protect the rivers. Both provide drinking water and habitat for endangered species.

Under the plan, which won preliminary approval earlier this month, tubers carrying or possessing food or beverages in a disposable container would face misdemeanor citations. Fines would range up to $500.

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