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Creekside Story

March 14, 2017 - 11:05:01

With a healthy creek here and a dirty creek there, how do we measure creek health? The Environmental Integrity Index (EII) is a program designed to continuously monitor and assess the water...

Tagged: eii, environmental integrity index, PAHs, sample collection, creeks, bugs, chemical, macroinvertebrates, scientist

December 27, 2016 - 09:26:50

The shoreline of Lady Bird Lake is home to an amazing array of plants and birds, as well as plenty of turtles, and even a few nutrias. Unfortunately, one non-native nuisance plant has set up shop...

Tagged: elephant ears, riparian, lady bird lake, wild taro, invasive plants, invasives

July 20, 2016 - 13:12:27

June 21, 2016 - 11:19:44

The Mearns Meadow Grow Zone is a beautiful site and would love to be adopted by you!

The Mearns Meadow Grow Zone at Quail Creek Park.

The Mearns Meadow Grow Zone is...

Tagged: mearns meadow, restore rundberg, grow zone

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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