LAKE TRAVIS, Texas (KXAN) - Some of the most beautiful fishing spots in the Austin area have now turned into a popular spot for people to dump their unwanted trash.
Now, lake patrols are working to crack down on illegal dumping.
Stephen Baker, who has been paddling and fishing down the Narrows off Lake Travis for years, said the low water levels works better for him.
It used to be when water levels were up it was very popular for power boaters to come down and bass fish," Baker said. "Now that they cant use the ramp any longer, for paddlers it's terrific."
Low water levels also means easier access down to the water's edge by car. Some people have been taking advantage of it by illegally dumping onto the dry lake beds.
Baker said the unwanted visitors get under his skin.
"I'd call (the police) if I could contain myself long enough not to confront them directly."
Dumping on area lakes is a common problem as suspects are often hard to catch in the act. That's why the Lower Colorado River Authority is asking citizens to help them watch out for violators.
And last week, that is exactly what happened. A watchful home owner saw something suspicious and called authorities.
"It was approximately 300 tires," said Jason Hoffman, assistant chief with the LCRA police department.
Hoffman said they wouldn't have caught this violator unless someone called in.
"We caught the guy in the middle of dumping these tires," Hoffman said. "He had about a third of them unloaded into the revine, into the lake bed.
Gary Norman Milton, 63, was booked into Burnet County Jail where he faces felony dumping charges, which could carry prison time.
In the meantime, Baker says he'll be watching for anyone else trying to pollute his favorite paddling spot.
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