AUSTIN – About forty concerned citizens showed up to One Texas Center in South Austin Wednesday night to a public forum regarding elevated levels of ecoli bacteria in at least four Austin waterways.
Waller, Walnut, Taylor Slough South and the Spicewood Tributary to Shoal Creek were all tested and elevated levels of bacteria from fecal matter.
City and state experts said that pet owners not picking up after their four-legged friends is the main reason for the bacteria increase.
“Even though the state's focus is just on these four (creeks) the city is looking at this from a citywide perspective. So solutions and things that the city would be committed to do to the maximum extent feasible we'd actually like to implement in all the watersheds in Austin,” said Chris Herrington with Austin’s Watershed Protection Department.
At Wednesday night’s forum there appeared to be more citizens who showed up looking for answers rather than those who came to offer solutions.
“I have a main concern with off-leash dog parks and the fecal matter and how it would affect the water quality of a spring-fed pond in Mabel Davis Park,” said Angela Carver, an attendee who spoke to KVUE Wednesday.
Anyone with ideas on ways to lower bacteria levels in creeks citywide can click here: http://www.utexas.edu/law/centers/cppdr/training/tmdl.php