Rowing Dock launched and hosted Austin’s first and largest Earth Day lake and land clean-up in history in partnership with EpicSUP. In just our first year holding the event, we were able to bring 1,400 volunteers together who yielded over 6,000 pounds of trash from Lady Bird Lake and Austin greenspaces. This event brought in $13,000 in donations for Austin Parks Foundation. We secured coverage across all local broadcast stations and were on the front page of the Austin Chronicle.
One prominent feature, written by Cora Neas, Digital Journalist and Assignment Editor of KXAN, highlighted the impact of our city-wide Earth Day trash clean-up:
“Hundreds of volunteers arrived at Rowing Dock and Epic SUP this Earth Day to sweep the banks of Lady Bird Lake, and they removed just below 6,000 pounds of litter from the area.
The crews returned laden with bags of trash and some rare finds: a bottle jack, a lawn mower, rental bikes and scooters, an ottoman, chairs, fenders, a fire extinguisher and a washing machine, among other oddities.”
To watch the segment, click here.
Rowing Dock is so grateful of Cora’s coverage, as it serves as a reminder of why we do what we do. Rowing Dock’s main priority is to keep Lady Bird Lake clean and healthy, and our efforts, such as Earth Day, have done just that. Our hopes are to make 2023’s Earth Day even larger with an even greater impact on our lake.