Tag Archives: Watershed Protection Department

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 by Cate Malek

Austinites to receive incentive for storing rainwater

Property owners who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to store rainwater will start to receive a discount on their drainage fees next year.The Watershed Protection Department has proposed the change in an attempt to create an equitable…

Monday, August 1, 2016 by Cate Malek

Parks and Rec Board questions repairs that could add to downtown gridlock

A routine park repair has triggered pent-up frustration over Austin’s infamously congested downtown traffic.At its meeting on July 26, members of the Parks and Recreation Board recommended a repair project that will force the closure of one lane of Cesar…

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Jack Craver

Commission OKs drainage discount for rain barrels

The city’s Environmental Commission endorsed a proposed ordinance last week that will give property owners the chance to lower their drainage fees if they make efforts to reduce runoff from their properties.Austin Water utility already provides a one-time rebate to…

Friday, May 27, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Flooding discussions continue at Open Space Committee

With the promise of rain, Upper Onion Creek resident Ken Jacob says his neighbors can be found with their eyes to the creek and the internet — where rain gauge levels are updated. So it’s essential to someone like Jacob,…

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Updated: Task force report on Austin flooding prioritizes ‘life, safety and property’

Update: After our story was originally published, we heard from several members of Flood Mitigation Task Force, who disputed the assertions made by some task force members, including the group’s chairman, who said the final report lacked prioritization.An executive summary…

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by Jo Clifton

More funds needed to finish Waller project

City Council will be considering seven items on Thursday’s agenda with a combined financial impact of $7.5 million for completing the Waller Creek Project, which has been fraught with difficulties since the discovery that the intake tunnel had been designed…

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Staff seeking OK to fix Eliza Spring

Members of the city’s Watershed Protection and Parks and Recreation departments have been planning improvements for Eliza Spring in Zilker Park since at least 2012. The spring, which is home to the largest concentration of the endangered Barton Springs salamander…

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin asks TCEQ to change wastewater rules

On Tuesday, the city of Austin formally asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for help in correcting an uptick in permits that allow direct discharge of effluent into the region’s lakes, creeks and streams.In Texas, treated wastewater can be…

Friday, December 4, 2015 by Jack Craver

Committee recommends more home buyouts in floodplain

Property values are rising in Austin, even in areas at high risk of flooding. It’s a challenge that the Watershed Protection Department faces as it seeks to buy properties in the Middle Williamson Creek area threatened by flooding, city staff…

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Li retires from city but not from public service

After more than 20 years with the state of Texas and nearly 10 years with the city of Austin, Watershed Protection Director Victoria Li has retired. She said some of her proudest achievements include introduction of value engineering to the…

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Regional leaders work on wastewater issues

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Dripping Springs Mayor Todd Purcell on Monday convened what Adler called “a pretty unique regional meeting of leaders to address the common challenge of growth and water and wastewater issues – potentially in a way…

Friday, June 26, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council adopts new drainage fee structure

If all goes according to the city’s plan, Austin residents can expect some significant changes to their monthly drainage fees in October. While City Council has adopted a new underlying methodology for that fee, it still has to decide exactly…

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council wades deeper into drainage-fee issues

As City Council prepares to take action on restructuring the city’s drainage fee today, it is working through several issues that the current proposal presents for residents and property owners. That conversation continued at a special called meeting Tuesday.Council Member…

Thursday, June 18, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Committee proposes delay on drainage fee

With pressure mounting for City Council to adopt a new drainage-fee structure in the face of legal and budgetary concerns, the Public Utilities Committee took up the issue Wednesday but made no official recommendation to Council.The ordinance that the Watershed…

Friday, June 5, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council approves most flood buyouts

Though some members of City Council remain concerned about the implications, yesterday they approved the bulk of the Williamson Creek flood buyouts.Although the previous Council had authorized the funds from the Capital Improvement Projects budget, this Council was asked to appropriate…

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Citing criticisms, Council delays new drainage fee

Despite a request from staff to adopt a new drainage charge by the end of the month, City Council is delaying action until the middle of June with the hope that its Public Utility Committee will be able to address…

Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council prepares for reworked drainage fee

In the wake of last year’s ruling that the city’s stormwater drainage charge is unfair to certain residents, City Council will hold a public hearing today to consider adopting a new fee structure that staff says would be more equitable…

Friday, May 1, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Development rights swap coming to Council

The City Council Planning and Neighborhoods Committee voted 3-0 Thursday, with Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo abstaining, to recommend that the full Council enter into an agreement that will remove a longstanding auto salvage company from the banks of Bull…

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Watershed Department maps it out in new guides

Though Austin’s new single-member district system has been actively in place for almost a month, there are undoubtedly countless details to be worked out. There are also opportunities for education, as the Watershed Protection Department has illustrated with a recent…

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City plans to repair cyclo-cross damage at Zilker

City staff has revealed a one-year plan that they hope will remediate tree and turf damage related to a national cyclo-cross championship held in Zilker Park earlier this month.Watershed Protection Department Environmental Officer Chuck Lesniak told the Environmental Board Wednesday…

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