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Creekside Story

May 12, 2016 - 13:11:16

March 29, 2016 - 09:37:10

A small-scale lake ecosystem, “microcosm” was designed to learn more about the growth of native cabomba and invasive hydrilla in Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake.

Have you wondered...

Tagged: cabomba, native plant cabomba. hydrilla, invasive aquatic plant, ecosystem, lady bird lake, Lake Austin, plant cages, reservoir

February 09, 2016 - 10:05:35

A recreated stream from Eliza Spring will be home to Barton Springs Salamanders

Long before Zilker Park was home to Barton Springs Pool,...

Tagged: eliza springs, salamanders, salamander restoration, Zilker Park, barton springs, barton springs salamander

December 10, 2015 - 09:10:06

Austin’s Grow Zones are beginning to transform into urban forests and aid in carbon sequestration.

Our Grow Zone program began in 2012 in about a dozen parks. The creeks were mowed...

Tagged: forest, riparian restoration, creekside, climate change, aquatic life, Grow Zones, seedlings

About this blog

One of the ways the Watershed Protection Department meets its goals to reduce the impact of flood, erosion and water pollution is through riparian restoration. The community can get involved by adopting a creek, participating in restoration projects, and educating others about the benefits of these areas.

Healthy riparian zones (the land around creeks):

  • control erosion
  • purify water
  • stabilize creek banks
  • regulate water temperature
  • delay floodwaters
  • sequester carbon
  • recharge groundwater
  • provide plant and animal habitat

Creekside Story features creeks that the public can take an active role in supporting restoration efforts.  There are so many creeks to enjoy in Austin.  Check out the Find Your Watershed Viewer to learn which watershed you live in and the Environmental Integrity Index to learn more about their water quality. 

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