Nature

There’s Nothing Like White Rock After a Big Rain

A reminder that your lake litter will come back to haunt us all.

After days of rain, Sunday morning brought clear skies, a warm sun, aaand a slimy ring of debris and garbage around White Rock Lake. It happens after every major downpour. It never gets less disgusting. I almost ate it a couple times while power-walking over mud-smeared Styrofoam, and Zac Crain, another lake-looping D Magazine editor, reports seeing three basketballs and several water bottles filled with what appeared to be urine. Here are some snaps from my sunrise walk. The last one is a shoesie from the middle of the running path.

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  • DubiousBrother

    It has been that way since the ’70’s when I started running down there. It is an easy way to clean up the lake crap which is mostly from the surrounding trees and the crews can easily reach it when it is on the banks.
    As far as the people stuff, it doesn’t take that many people that weren’t taught to clean up after themselves to create that part of the mess. I don’t run there anymore but it always amazed me, especially on the weekends, how people could just leave their trash laying on the picnic tables or if the trash cans were full they would just throw it on the ground next to the cans instead of taking it home and throwing it away there. That is not unique to White Rock Lake.

    • A lot of that trash comes from a long way away. The watershed that feeds White Rock is large.

  • @zaccrain

    Holland, I read this and thank you for writing it, and including me.

    • S. Holland Murphy

      Thank you for following me online and around the lake, I guess.

      • @zaccrain

        Holland, your joke here, in our increasingly lively comments section, made me laugh.

  • JohnyAlamo

    I saw that too on Sunday. Later, went to BB Owen Park north of WRL and you could see the homeless camps that were washed out from the rains. No doubt, some of the trash is from the hundreds of people living in the feeder creeks upstream, as well as, the northern ‘burbs. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1faa2fb0c6fe67a495372a6e6bcad068893babe8df3dbd48fd8da0260ac250aa.jpg

  • RompingWillyBilly

    It is difficult to control culture which is what we are up against. The problem surrounds human beings and their nature to behave as animals. Aristotle of ancient Greece went so far as to develop his methods which became the basis for science to prove that his fellow Athenians were also living organisms. He did so because he hated how irreverent they were treating animals and plants. To fight against their abuse, as it had already been substantiated that every person possessed a soul, Aristotle figured he only needed to demonstrate proof that human beings were part of the animal kingdom and similar living organisms to plants. So, as he was able to do so, all animals and plants should be revered today as creatures possessing souls!
    After over two thousand years of effort, as the vast majority of us still aren’t aware of this burden of Aristotle, perhaps the only solution is to roll our eyes, shrug our shoulders, and clean up the trash.

    • John

      Actually it’s going against nature and not behaving like animals that has led to a pollution and waste crisis.

      • RompingWillyBilly

        My point is a matter of efficiency. Rather than we try to create endless laws and regulations to improve our culture, it would seem Aristotle had the better approach. Because we possess souls, as we should be revering each other as human beings, so plants and animals also possess souls. The methods he created in proving this to be the case have become the basis for modern science. Indeed, science wasn’t created for the sake of science. The glorious end Aristotle intended was better treatment towards both the plants and animals.

  • DubiousBrother

    Could we have follow up pictures to show how efficient they are at cleaning up this mess? They used to be very good but I haven’t run there in many years.

  • Amanda

    Wow, this is disgusting. My boyfriend told me about it the other day when he went for a bike ride, but I did not imagine this. Does the city clean this up?

  • RompingWillyBilly

    You know, to be bipartisan is an uphill process requiring effort. Blaming all our problems on the other fifty percent is downhill in comparison following the flow of gravity. Again, it was Aristotle who created the basis for today’s political system. His intention wasn’t to create a left and right, but just the opposite. Contrary to what people believe today, the Greeks were very intelligent, sophisticated, and, unfortunately, political extremists. Aristotle’s burden wasn’t to divide and conquer; but, his intention was to pull this extremism towards a more moderate middle.
    I think this is important to know because, as it is natural to think of government in terms of doing lots of things and solving problems, as we know good and well in Texas, such corruption always ends up making polluted problems far worse.