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Watershed Protection is working on repairs to Bluff Bend Drive. A stormwater culvert underneath the road failed and caused soil supporting the road to wash away. A water line was also exposed.

The Boggy Creek restoration project is a two part project designed to preserve parklands, improve aesthetics, stem any erosion threat to Rosewood Avenue, and to maintain storm sewer outlet infrastructure. The first part of the project is just upstream of Rosewood Avenue, where banks will be stabilized and erosion repaired. The second part of the project is upstream of the pedestrian bridge near Walnut Avenue, where erosion is threatening to damage a walking trail and creating trash accumulation.

There is significant erosion along Country Club Creek in the Roy G. Guerrero Park. The erosion is quickly getting worse. It has already made portions of the hike and bike trail impassible and is threatening the nearby ballfields.

There are four storm drain projects planned for the Dawson Neighborhood. The largest is the Euclid-Wilson project. The purpose of all four is to improve drainage and reduce flooding of houses, yards and streets.

To help protect the endangered Barton Springs and Austin Blind Salamanders, we are recreating a stream that once flowed from Eliza Spring, one of the four springs in Zilker Park that are collectively known as Barton Springs. Eliza Spring is the sunken, fenced off amphitheater area by the Zilker Zephyr.

Historically, shorelines were stabilized with vertical walls called bulkheads, which can be bad for the lake because they reflect wave action and degrade shoreline habitat. This project will retire the old failing wooden bulkhead located between the boat ramps at Emma Long Metro Park and replace it with an environmentally friendly design.

The J.J. Seabrook Stream Restoration, Rain Garden, and Urban Trail Project will transform an area in East Austin to a thriving creek corridor that benefits the environment and the local community.

This project will divert floodwater to a proposed tunnel. The tunnel will run under Mearns Meadow Blvd., and reduce the frequency and depth of flooding for houses and roads between Metric Boulevard and Rutland Drive near Little Walnut Creek.

This project will stabilize approximately 300 feet of eroding streambank along Buttermilk Creek. The project area begins near the intersection of Hemingway Street and Old Town Drive and ends approximately 300 feet downstream. The proposed design includes stabilizing the streambank using drilled concrete piers with a concrete retaining wall, combined with natural limestone boulders, mechanically stabilized earth structures and native plants.

This project aims to reduce the flooding of houses and yards near Meredith Street in the Tarrytown neighborhood with an updated storm drain system. The project will also help improve water quality and erosion issues.

The Watershed Protection Department is studying flooding in the area around 183 and Jollyville Road. The study will result in a preliminary engineering report that evaluates possible ways to reduce flooding in three specific problem areas.

Watershed Protection is planning a project to reduce flooding in the Oak Park and Oak Acres subdivisions.

As a public safety measure, the Watershed Protection Department is buying out flood-prone homes near William Cannon Drive and South Pleasant Valley Road.

The Onion Creek Flood Study has two main goals: to update the floodplain maps for Onion Creek and to evaluate options to reduce flooding in the Onion Creek Neighborhood.

This feasibility study will assess possible solutions to flooding along Shoal Creek between 15th Street and Lady Bird Lake.

This project provides ongoing protection against erosion, improves water quality in Shoal Creek and has restored native vegetation along the creek.

For years, Austin’s Waller Creek has been beset by severe flooding, erosion and water quality problems. When completed, the Waller Creek Tunnel will remove over 28 acres of downtown land from the 100-year floodplain.

This project restored approximately 1,100 feet of Waller Creek within Eastwoods Park. Most visibly, the project restored and stabilized the creek’s severely eroding stream banks.

The Watershed Protection Department and the Union Pacific Railroad are working in cooperation on this project to help with flooding along Whispering Valley Road and in the West Cow Path area.

Watershed Protection is working on a two-phase, flood-related project along the middle portion of Williamson Creek. The project area includes approximately 250 properties near Stassney Lane between the railroad track and South Congress.