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The Battle Bend Park Capital Improvement Project will create a new playing field within Battle Bend Park that doubles as a stormwater control measure to capture and treat runoff from the nearby commercial and industrial area during rain events. The stormwater control measure will filter this water through a sandy soil media that removes pollutants before the water enters Williamson Creek. During dry weather, the level, turf-covered field will provide a playing surface for informal recreation.

This project will stabilize and rehabilitate approximately 1800 linear feet of a degraded, incised tributary to Williamson Creek in the Indian Hills Subdivision. Rehabilitation will include use of natural materials, native vegetation, plus removal of trash and debris.

The City of Austin has repaired Bluff Bend Drive where it crosses over the creek. The new road is much less likely to flood than previously.

The Brentwood neighborhood was developed before the City adopted the current stormwater code. Erosion in the area currently threatens streets, utilities, and houses. This study will generate feasible, cost-effective solutions to flooding and stream erosion and incorporate water quality solutions for stormwater runoff.

Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Metropolitan Park Channel Stabilization

Severe erosion has occurred along an artificial drainage channel, known as Country Club West, in Roy G. Guerrero Park. The erosion undermined the pedestrian bridge that used to be in the park, threatens the ball fields, trails and parkland, and makes the channel too unstable to support a new bridge.

Watershed Protection has made significant improvements to the storm drain system in the Dawson Neighborhood, but there's more work needed to help with flooding of houses, yards and streets.

This project will improve the storm drain system in the South Lamar neighborhood and help protect the area from flooding.

To help protect the endangered Barton Springs and Austin Blind Salamanders, we are recreating a stream that once flowed from Eliza Spring, one of the four springs in Zilker Park that are collectively known as Barton Springs. Eliza Spring is the sunken, fenced off amphitheater area by the Zilker Zephyr.

We are studying flooding near Avenue A in the Hyde Park neighborhood. The study will result in a preliminary engineering report that evaluates ways to reduce flooding due to an undersized storm drain system in the project area.

This project will stabilize the streambank along the Jamestown Tributary to protect yards, trees, buildings, and infrastructure. The project will also address localized flooding along Jamestown Drive.

The Karen and Payne Avenues Channel Stabilization Project is located on the Grover Tributary to Shoal Creek, between Karen and Payne Avenues. The erosion in this area is particularly severe and threatens two homes, making this a high priority project.

Decades of urbanization in the Little Walnut Creek watershed have altered the stream flow of Little Walnut Creek causing significant erosion along the bank. The creek bank is widening, threatening large trees, power poles, and property, and exposing bedrock and wastewater lines.

This project will divert floodwater to a tunnel, which will run under Mearns Meadow Blvd. from Quail Valley to the pond in Quail Creek Park. This will reduce the risk of flooding for houses and roads in this area. Improvements to the creek and to the park and trails are also planned as part of the project.

The goal of this project is to reduce the risk of flooding for houses and yards near Meredith Street in the Tarrytown neighborhood with an updated storm drain system. The project will also help improve water quality and erosion issues.

The Watershed Protection Department completed the preliminary engineering report on flooding in the area around U.S. Highway 183 and Jollyville Road. The report evaluated possible ways to reduce the risk of flooding in three problem areas.

Watershed Protection is planning two projects to reduce flooding in the Oak Park and Oak Acres subdivisions.

Onion Creek is Austin’s largest watershed and is particularly vulnerable to flooding. We have several projects to reduce the risk of flooding along Onion Creek.

This project will help improve water quality in Waller Creek and Lady Bird Lake. The project includes a grassy meadow in the Highland Neighborhood Park that will capture and treat stormwater during wet weather. The stormwater comes from 76 acres of rooftops and roadways surrounding the park.

Four ponds maintained by the City of Austin in the Sendera and Circle C neighborhoods are in need of repair. These ponds were designed with clay liners that have proved inadequate. Their deterioration could lead to polluted stormwater entering the aquifer that feeds Barton Springs. This project will replace the clay liners with geotextile fabric. It will also improve berms and irrigation systems around the ponds. When construction is complete, the pond edges will be revegetated with native wetland plants.

This feasibility study will assess possible solutions to flooding along Shoal Creek between 15th Street and Lady Bird Lake.

This project provides ongoing protection against erosion, improves water quality in Shoal Creek and has restored native vegetation along the creek.

Tannehill Branch Creek in Givens Park suffers from erosion that causes water quality problems and threatens large trees, a picnic area, and parkland. This project will stabilize the bank of Tannehill Branch downstream of the pavilion. It will also construct a raingarden near Oak Springs Drive to capture and treat parking lot runoff.

Austin and other communities within Upper Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District are updating the floodplain maps for Upper Brusy Creek, including portions of Lake, Rattan and South Brushy Creeks.

For years, Austin’s Waller Creek has been beset by severe flooding, erosion and water quality problems. When completed, the Waller Creek Tunnel will remove more than 28 acres of downtown land from the floodplain.

This project restored approximately 1,100 feet of Waller Creek within Eastwoods Park. Most visibly, the project restored and stabilized the creek’s severely eroding stream banks.

The Watershed Protection Department and the Union Pacific Railroad are working in cooperation on this two-phase project to help with flooding along Whispering Valley Road and in the West Cow Path area.

Watershed Protection is working on a two-phase, flood-related project along the middle portion of Williamson Creek. The project area includes approximately 250 properties near Stassney Lane between the railroad track and South Congress.