The Sustainable Stormwater Solutions program designs, implements and evaluates engineered systems that reduce pollution in our creeks, lakes and aquifers. The program seeks to use stormwater as a resource rather than a waste product.
In the early 1980s, due to rising concerns about non-point source pollution associated with urban development, the City of Austin began requiring new development to provide stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs). BMPs are controls to prevent or reduce pollution from non-point sources.
The Watershed Protection Department retrofits water quality controls in developed watersheds, and provides guidance to developers constructing controls via
The City of Austin’s Stormwater Load Analysis Tool (SLAT) is now available in its beta version! SLAT is meant to accompany the Environmental Criteria Manual, Section 1.6.9, for sites within the Barton Springs Zone. It calculates whether a proposed development’s pollutant load complies with the SOS Ordinance. Note, the SLAT beta version is currently being tested and may contain errors.