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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 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.

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

This project will reduce the risk of flooding near Avenue A in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

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.

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 large box culvert, 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. Water and wastewater improvements as well as enhancements to the creek, the park and the trails are also planned as part of the project.

We are planning a project to upgrade the low water crossing on McNeil Drive near north Mopac.

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.

We are considering a project to permanently close the low water crossing on Old San Antonio Road near Southpark Meadows.

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.

The Rain Catcher Pilot Program (RCPP) is a comprehensive effort to integrate and leverage the City’s existing Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) programs and resources. RCPP incorporates existing Watershed Protection and Austin Water discounts, rebates, capital funding, and educational programs with the goal of increasing the prevalence of cisterns and rain gardens that achieve both stormwater management and water conservation objectives.

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.

Severe erosion has occurred along an artificial drainage channel, known as Country Club West, in Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Metropolitan 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.

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 modern geomembrane liners. 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.

The Watershed Protection Department is coordinating the response to a slope failure or landslide. The landslide occurred along Shoal Creek just north of Pease Park.

The Watershed Protection Department will be repairing erosion at two locations along the Shoal Creek Trail in the downtown area in 2019. The erosion in these locations is undermining the trail. The repairs will require us to detour the trail.

This project will repair failing storm drain pipes north of the intersection of South Lakeshore Boulevard and Tinnin Ford Road. Leaks in existing storm drain pipes have caused two sinkholes to form in Peace Point at Town Lake Metropolitan Park.

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.

The Watershed Protection Department and the Union Pacific Railroad are working in cooperation on this 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.