AUSTIN (KXAN) - On Thursday, the Austin City Council moved forward with a ban on tubing and swimming along a portion of the Colorado River in east Austin.
Armed with information from the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD), the City Council determined tubing and swimming on the Colorado River between Longhorn Dam and Montopolis Bridge is too dangerous for the public.
PARD cited the river's unpredictable volume and fluctuating water levels as main reasons why these recreational activities are unsafe. The department is also worried about the ecosystem in the area and that beaches in the area are already experiencing illegal swimming and litter.
According to a PARD report, in a period of five and half hours on Sept. 12, 2013, the Colorado River rose five feet and the rate flow increased from 200 cfs to 4,000 cfs.
Kayaking and canoeing will still be allowed on this section of the river.
This particular issue came to the forefront when a business started renting tubes at the beginning of the summer.
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