Getting a Better Look at the Car Parts of Lake Houston

Low water levels have exposed more Lake Houston automotive bounty than just that mid-eighties Pontiac Fiero that was liberated from the city’s water supply over the summer: There’s lots more tires and car batteries to be found, too. Before the weekend’s rains threatened to cover it all up again, area residents pulled various debris and about about 100 tires found wedged in the mud from an old abandoned fish camp and marina at the end of Stillson Rd. on the city reservoir’s east side.

Photos: Roger Randall

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  • Bravo to the residents that took matters into their own hands and cleaned this up. Nice.

  • It makes me sick how much garbage people throw into the waterways here in Texas. :(

  • Yay we get to drink this water!

  • In other news, thousands of fish now homeless…

  • Great. Car batteries in the drinking water.

  • With as much press as this got, I’m surprised the city didn’t clean it up. Glad the people who have to look at it cared enough to do something!

  • THANK YOU local residents

  • I guess the one bright side to the drought was the water level got low enough to see all this garbage and people took maters into their own hands to clean it up.
    Ditto to the above comments — thank you for cleaning this up!

  • Thank you local residents!

  • The City clean it up???? Right.

  • @ ##6, 10 – I’ve heard reports that the city is a bit cash stretched at the moment.

    I’m sure some of our no government über alles types can give us some guidance on how the free market will take care of this.

  • Mollusk: Send 1/2 of the Prius Patrol that drives around Montrose over to the lake to clean it up. It’ll be clean in about 30 minutes.

  • @ Cody – Red tags are money makers. Not a whole lot different than a radar trap, other than it’s not as visible to the general population….and I’m willing to bet that the bucks per ticket ratio is better.

  • @mollusk: It’s a city-owned lake. What do you want the free market to do?

    Besides, a few car parts don’t significantly affect the quality of the treated water that CoH sends into the mains from Lake Houston. It’s not like they pump lake water directly into your sink.

  • Ahhhh, Spoonman…I’m afeared that my point was that the ethics of the Hallowed Free Market (slogan – I’ll do what’s best for me, the rest of y’all can just go jump) is what got that debris into the lake in the first place.

  • Free market ethics = trash thrown in the lake?
    Please explain. I’m as ‘free market’ as they come, and I think if you toss a tire into the lake you should be arrested and punched in the face.