Island Trash is Growing Problem

7-4-05 - As more than 100,000 people descended on Lake Texoma this holiday weekend, hundreds left behind piles of trash on one of the lake's most popular islands. Today, volunteers were cleaning up the mess.

North Beach Island was covered in trash Monday morning. For the past three nights, party-goers held constant vigil on its beaches. But when they left, they left behind everything from beer cans to old food. As lake vacationers arrived today, they traded beach towels for trash bags to clean up the mess.

The problem isn't new, although it seems to be getting worse. The Army Corps of Engineers erected signs last year to warn litterbugs and give citizens a hotline to report violaters. But lake residents say the signs have done little to deter the litter.