Todd Bailey doesn't have to look far to pick out some items that don’t belong in Lake Travis, especially with lake levels so low.
"The drought, if there is one positive thing about it, is that it’s given us the opportunity to get into some places that are normally covered with water. So, we're finding a lot of stuff that's been submerged for a long time," Bailey said.
Like pull-tab beer cans from the early 1980s and other decades-old trash.
"That's what's motivating a lot of these volunteers, trying to make a little difference where other people have maybe not made such good choices out on the water," Bailey said.
There are scenes like this all across Lake Travis. People are picking up trash on the shore and in the water. Now there's more than nine miles of shoreline to be cleaned up and people are finding some pretty interesting trash.
"We found a stainless steel grill and brought that up, a crank shaft, TV, coffee table today,” said John Reynolds of Water Exploration Texas.
About 900 volunteers cleaned up more than three tons of trash.
"It's very reassuring to know that everyone is invested enough to help us make this lake beautiful for years to come,” said Sarah Richards, of the Colorado River Alliance. “We can't control the drought. We wish we could. We can't control how much water is in the lake, but what we can control is how clean that water is."
Whether it's heavy machinery or a beer cans, every bit helps.
Organizers say the cleanup is actually the largest of its kind in Texas. Local marinas, dive shops, and other agencies helped Keep Austin Beautiful put on the event.