Welcome to Watershed Protection

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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State of Our Environment Report

The State of Our Environment Report provides a snapshot of Austin's air quality, water, trees, public open space, wildlands, and climate change issues. Read the report in English and Spanish at  

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?

#DYK flood damage is not covered by homeowners or renters insurance? But all Austin community members are eligible for federally-backed flood insurance through the City’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. And we just received good news from FEMA! Because of our flood-related work to protect lives & reduce property damage, most flood insurance policies in Austin will be available at a 25% discount (up from 20%), starting in October 2024. We recommend that homeowners, renters, & businesses consider purchasing flood insurance.
ℹ️ Talk to your insurance agent about different coverage options. Read more on Facebook


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