An all to common sight at the Guadalupe River Parkway is the spray paint can. This can floated by as I was photographing a pair of Hooded Mergansers. The ducks were startled by the shinny spray can and retreated into the brush along the river bank. I turned my lens to the can and immediately began to wonder what chemicals this container could possibly be leaking into the water.
As I began to notice more and more spray cans in the river, I started collecting them. First, to get the harmful chemicals out of the water, and second, to demonstrate the substantial number of them one can find in a single strip of the river; between Coleman and Taylor.
When hiking the Guadalupe, one can sometimes smell the spray paint before coming upon it on the banks. I found that spray paint contains many harmful chemicals: Xylene, Toluene, Acetone. All are harmful to the brain and nervous system and they can be potentially fatal. The metal can oxidizes overtime, corroding the metal, causing leaks in the cans. The contents of all cans, including pesticides, home cleaner, and paint are flowing through the water, and thus, all who come in contact with it.