The Austin Water Center for Environmental Research at the Hornsby Bend is a partnership formed in 1989 with the University of Texas and Texas A&M University to support urban ecology and sustainability studies for Austin.

Lunchtime Lectures

Lunchtime Lectures are cancelled until further notice. 

  • Upcoming Events -  Cancelled Until Further Notice
  • Lunchtime Lectures - Cancelled Until Further Notice 
Hornsby Bend
  • UPDATE: 6/12/2020
    Hornsby Bend Phased Reopening – The main gate and treatment pond area at Hornsby Bend will reopen for public access at noon on Monday, June 15th. All visitors will be required to check in at the main entry gate before proceeding to the parking area and newly re-opened ponds. The River Trail and Platt Lane Trail are also open and accessible for hiking and biking activity. We ask all visitors to follow physical distancing guidelines and wear a mask when interacting with others. For more information, view the Hornsby Bend map highlighting newly opened areas.


The Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant plays a key role in sustaining Austin’s environment by recycling Austin's biosolids and yard trimmings. Hornsby Bend is also nationally known for its biodiversity, ecotourism, and one of the best birding sites in Texas.


The biosolids recycled at Hornsby Bend get mixed with compost and yard trimmings and turned into an EPA-certified soil conditioner called Dillo Dirt™. Dillo Dirt is donated to landscape public places and sold through commercial vendors.

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