River Walk cleanup drive be­gins

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - Com­piled from wire re­ports

The River Walk Wa­ter­shed Al­liance has launched a pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign aimed at re­duc­ing pol­lu­tion in the San An­to­nio River.

The goal is to cut down on food be­ing tossed in and around the river by vis­i­tors want­ing to feed birds, squir­rels or other an­i­mals. Ex­perts say such food con­trib­utes to more an­i­mal waste and the po­ten­tial for dan­ger­ous bac­te­ria.

San An­to­nio River Author­ity board mem­ber Sally Buchanan on Wed­nes­day said the cam­paign means peo­ple “chang­ing a few habits.”

Ho­tels will post signs re­mind­ing guests not to feed River Walk wildlife. Food ser­vice work­ers will be in­structed to use a broom and dust­pan when pos­si­ble, rather than spray­ing wa­ter to push waste into the river.

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