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Happy Fall

Join us in celebrating Shoal Creek Conservancy's birthday this month. Two years ago, the
Conservancy began with generous community support. We thank our members, partners, and
founding supporters for making the past two years possible, and look forward to the years
to come as we continue making Shoal Creek safer and more beautiful!

Working together to improve Shoal Creek for all Austinites - present and future.

News + Events

  • Flood Mitigation Task Force Convenes
    Flood Mitigation Task Force Convenes
    The Flood Mitigation Task Force held their kickoff meeting Tuesday, September 22, 2015. The Task Force is the citizen group created by the Austin City Council after this year’s Memorial Day Floods to gather information and develop recommendations related to citywide…
  • Welcome Fall 2015 Interns
    Welcome Fall 2015 Interns
    This month, we are joined by our Fall Interns. We have a great group this semester, and look forward to getting to work with them all! Emily Peacock is returning as our Communications and Marketing Intern. She is a Geophysics…
  • Shoal Creek Conservation Restoration Ecology & Plant Assessment Workshop
    Shoal Creek Conservation Restoration Ecology & Plant Assessment Workshop
    Important Note: This event has been RESCHEDULED for Spring 2016. Please contact Charlotte Swain at 512-474-2412 or for more details and with any questions. Thank you!   _____________________________________ Join us on October 3rd at the REI classroom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn about…
  • First Phase of 6th Street Bridge Restoration Project Underway
    First Phase of 6th Street Bridge Restoration Project Underway
    Fueled by funding from the Burdine Johnson Foundation and the Texas Preservation Trust Fund, Phase One of our West 6th Street Bridge restoration project will kick off on Sunday, September 13th with a laser scan of the 128-year-old structure. The…

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!
    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.