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Austin: A City Of Water Extremes

Depending on who you ask, the drought in Central Texas may be over. Data from the US
Drought Monitor in July suggests conditions in Travis County have returned to normal after
years of "extreme" dryness. The 2015 spring rains not only replenished water levels in Lake
Travis and nearby Highland Lakes, but they have also sparked a number of water management
initiatives here in Austin. From drought to flood, Austin is being forced to become a master
of water extremes, and Shoal Creek is right at the center of it all.

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News + Events


  • Riverside Resources Pays it Forward
    Riverside Resources Pays it Forward
    We have some great news to announce as Austin development company Riverside Resources, responsible for construction of the Fifth & West condominium tower, has made a payment of $320,000.00 to the City of Austin. This money will provide funding for…
  • Austin: A City of Water Extremes
    Austin: A City of Water Extremes
    Depending on who you ask, many experts believe the drought in Central Texas is over. Data from the US Drought Monitor in July (illustrated above) suggests conditions in Travis County have returned to normal after years of "extreme" dryness. The…
  • Susan Rieff and Amy Wanamaker Appointed To Conservancy Board
    Susan Rieff and Amy Wanamaker Appointed To Conservancy Board
    We are very pleased to announce today the appointment of Susan Rieff and Amy Wanamaker to the Shoal Creek Conservancy Board of Directors. Susan and Amy possess a wealth of knowledge and varied experience which will help make their leadership…
  • New Shoal Creek Floodplain Mapping Available
    New Shoal Creek Floodplain Mapping Available
    Curious to see if your house or business is in Shoal Creek's 100-year storm floodplain? In the wake of the 2015 Memorial Day Floods, the floodplain map for Shoal Creek has been updated and can be viewed at the City's…


Field Notes


  • You Eat What You Are
    You Eat What You Are
    Your yard is replete with toxic plants. Oleander, castor bean, wisteria, chinaberry, and mistletoe are but a few examples of garden plants that pack a punch. Texas mountain laurel (Sophora secundiflora) contains cytisine, an alkaloid. Both the leaves and seeds…
  • Where Goes The Water?
    Where Goes The Water?
      The year 2014 has choked to a close. As the cloud of dust settles, let’s see how we fared in this historic drought that still has us in its grasp. Austin averages 32.15 inches of rain per year. In…
  • Ducks in the Desert
    Ducks in the Desert
    If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands...Douglas Adams Shoal Creek is a waterfowl wasteland.…
  • Cabomba!
    Cabomba!
    The city traps trash at the mouth of Shoal Creek. The garbage is most noticeable after a heavy rain, when tons of waste are swept down the creek to Lady Bird Lake. The trap at the mouth of Shoal Creek, at least in theory, keeps trash out of Lady Bird Lake and in a spot where it is easier to collect.