Dallas begins Lake Ray Hubbard cleanup after complaints

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by BRAD WATSON

WFAA

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Updated Monday, May 14 at 7:06 PM

DALLAS — Neighborhood action and News 8 reports have brought changes at a Lake Ray Hubbard eyesore.

Last month, we showed you how heavy rain washed up garbage along Rowlett Road. The trash stretches about a half an acre on each side of the entrance, and neighbors asked the City of Dallas to clean it up.

Volunteers recently tackled a portion of the buildup.

Things are looking better now that Dallas is clearing it out, but a permanent solution is still as murky as the water.

Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) heard complaints from Rowlett residents like Al DuBach, and started cleaning up the trash along some of the eastern shore.

"Well, we think it's great that the city is finally starting to recognize that there's a serious problem here," DuBach said.

Dallas is responsible for the lake, but the city said that the debris washed down Rowlett Creek from Plano, Garland and Rowlett.

The debris collected in coves on each side of Rowlett Road, according to nearby resident Carolyn Bryant.

"This is what one sees as they enter Rowlett from here," she said. "It's ugly — especially in the winter."

A DWU spokesman, who declined an on-camera interview, said the trash is the after-effect of the end of drought conditions. Bottles, plastic and wood sit dormant in the creek bed until heavy rains flush them them into the lake.

DWU said the same thing happened in 2007, another wet year.

But residents like Noel Wardrope are seeking a permanent solution, suggesting a screen up the creek could catch the debris before it reaches the lake. A crane-like machine would be used to clear the trash from the barrier.

DWU said it's open to ideas, but also looks to cities along the creek to help manage the trash, believing this is the result — not the source — of a regional problem.

E-mail bwatson@wfaa.com

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