The Shoal Creek Conservancy has announced plans for a multi-year watershed action plan to combat the creeks’ environmental issues, starting in 2018.

The conservancy will work with The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, Austin Watershed Protection Department and engineers at Doucet & Associates to identify problems and work to create a healthy and resilient creek. A grant to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Still Water Foundation will fund the project.

Shoal Creek is an 11-mile creek that spans 13 square miles from downtown to the Domain. The creek begins near U.S. 183 and runs through neighborhoods and commercial areas before emptying into Lady Bird Lake/Town Lake. According to Joanna Wolaver, Executive Director at Shoal Creek Conservancy, the plan "will bring together community stakeholders and technical experts to identify creative, cooperative solutions to address Shoal Creek’s challenges."

The conservancy said the community engagement phase of the project will begin in 2018, which will include a multi-year education and outreach campaign to raise awareness people can take to help improve Shoal Creek.

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