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Energy & Environment

How Austin's Creeks Get Clean

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A view of East Bouldin Creek.

Austin’s creeks and waterways are part of what’s attracted people to this part of the world for thousands of years.  But, of course, they also create flooding hazards. When one heavy rain on top of another sends tons of debris into the creeks, that flood risk becomes even more difficult to control.

It's the Watershed Protection Department's job to clean up that debris — the department cleaned up 277 tons of debris alone after flooding this Halloween weekend  — so we tagged along to see how the process works.

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