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Shoal Creek Conservancy announces big plan to conserve Shoal Creek

Friday, December 15, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

The Shoal Creek Conservancy on Thursday announced a partnership with Texas State University, the city of Austin and engineering firm Doucet & Associates to put together the first-ever Shoal Creek Watershed Action Plan. The effort, partially funded through a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant, will seek to solve critical issues facing the 11-mile waterway, including erosion, pollution, flood damage and diminished spring flow. “The plan will bring together community stakeholders and technical experts to identify creative, cooperative solutions to address Shoal Creek’s challenges and create a resilient, healthy and safe creek,” the conservancy’s executive director, Joanna Wolaver, said in a press release. The joint effort will kick off early next year with a round of community engagement. Also expected in early 2018 is the final draft of the conservancy’s Shoal Creek Trail: Vision to Action Plan that will recommend steps for stretching the existing 3.25-mile urban trail from Central Austin to north of U.S. Highway 183.

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