Water Environment Federation gives department prestigious MS4 Award.
Austin – November 9, 2017, was declared "Watershed Protection MS4 Award Day" at the Austin City Council Meeting. The City Council recognized the City’s Watershed Protection Department after the national Water Environment Federation gave the department its prestigious MS4 Award for having the best, large city Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). This refers to the network of pipes, ditches and ponds that collects and manages Austin’s stormwater.
"The City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department is here to serve our community. A recognition like this is the result of decades of investment by the City of Austin and the passion, dedication and effort of countless City employees and the public to make Austin leaders in watershed protection," said Mike Personett, Acting Director of the Watershed Protection Department.
This award recognizes the Watershed Protection Department’s achievement in providing outstanding management and coordination as well as on-going support for multiple City of Austin departments. Watershed Protection services include:
Replacing and repairing storm drains and erosion
Restoring streambanks threatened by erosion
Building and maintaining storm water ponds
Monitoring safe water quality in our creeks and waterways
Educating our children about the importance of water quality, flood safety and the environment
Preventing pollution and much more
The national award and proclamation also applauded the Watershed Protection Department for its excellence in public engagement by involving the public and elected and appointed officials through education, outreach, and community meetings.