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Watershed Protection protects lives, property and the environment of our community by reducing the impact of flooding, erosion and water pollution.

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Public Hearing about Proposed Drainage Charge Rate

A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14, 2024, at 10 a.m., at Austin City Hall, 301 West Second Street, Austin, Texas. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the proposed change to the drainage charge as part of the Fiscal Year 2024-25 proposed budget for the Watershed Protection Department. The proposed rate is $0.06780 / impervious cover square foot per year ($0.00565 / impervious cover square foot per month). That is an annual change of $14.52 for a residential customer with 3,100 square feet of impervious cover and 37% impervious cover.

Public comment will be allowed in-person or remotely by telephone. Speakers may only register to speak on an item once either in-person or remotely.

Floodplain Remapping

The City of Austin, Travis County and other Central Texas communities are updating floodplain maps in the region based on the Atlas 14 study. Our current floodplain maps show where flooding is likely to occur with 10.2 inches of rainfall in 24 hours. The updated maps will reflect flooding from almost 13 inches of rain in some areas. This amount of rainfall has a one percent chance of occurring in any given year (the 100-year storm). Find out more about floodplain remapping efforts at

Rain to River

Rain to River is a strategic plan that will guide the work of the Watershed Protection Department for the next 10 years. Our department will use this plan to set goals, prioritize our work, and guide our decision making to tackle urgent challenges such as climate change and racial inequities. The plan will update and replace the current Watershed Protection Strategic Plan. We need your help to draft the plan!

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What's on Facebook?

Watershed Protection is creating Rain to River, a strategic plan that will guide our work the next 10 years. To help us shape this plan, we joined forces with six organizations, African American Youth Harvest Foundation, Del Valle Community Coalition Non-Profit, Dove Springs Proud, Indigenous Cultures Institute, Queertopia, and Red Salmon Arts, to gather input from the communities they serve. Each Rain to River partner organization received a $5,000 mini-grant and asked their communities to share their priorities and experiences related to flooding, erosion, water quality, and Austin’s creeks, lakes, and natural areas. Find out what we learned together in the Rain to River Partner Organization Report! Read more on Facebook.


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