Austin lies in the heart of Flash Flood Alley. Whether or not you live in a floodplain, it is critical that you be alert to the dangers of flooding both in your home or around town. Since 1960, 60 people have died in flash floods in Travis County.
The City of Austin is holding its annual Flood Safety Poster Contest. Kids, grades 1 to 8, can enter their posters, illustrating the theme, “Save Yourself! Turn Around – Don’t Drown,” and have a chance to win several great prizes.
Ready for a challenge that will help you save money and protect our natural environment? Check out our guide to learn how to adopt new, earth-friendly habits pertaining to transportation, pet care, gardening, energy and water use, and more.
Want a beautiful Central Texas garden that is good for your pocket book and the environment? Learn how to select the right plant for the right place so you can use fewer resources on your garden.
Ever notice how our creeks and rivers are "trashed" after a storm? That's because rain and wind push pollutants downhill to the lowest point in the area - the creek or the lake. Trash is the largest and most visible urban creek pollutant.
Dog and cat waste left on the ground is more than smelly and unsightly….it pollutes our water and poses a health risk for pets and people, especially children! Please remember to always Scoop the Poop and to dispose of pet waste properly!
The City of Austin storm drain marking program is a hands-on project for volunteers who are interested in educating the public about pollution prevention.
Watershed Protection’s Youth Education program provides school outreach, field trips, curriculum and service learning opportunities to encourage informed decision-making about choices that impact Austin’s water quality.