Watershed Protection protects lives, property and the environment of our community by reducing the impact of flood, erosion and water pollution.

Austin is particularly vulnerable to these problems due to our torrential downpours and rocky landscape. We have a multi-tiered approach including a wide variety of ongoing programs such as Grow Green and the Lady Bird Lake Cleanup Crew; construction projects such as stormwater ponds and streambank restorations; and regulations to help prevent future problems. The following items have been developed for the Austin, TX Watershed Protection Department.

Links:
Overview of Austin's Flood Safety Education Program
Break the Code! Questions on water safety


Watershed Detectives

Links:
Watershed Detectives Website
Overview of Watershed Detectives Curriculum

Description: Watershed Detectives is an award-winning middle school program that offers a place-based curriculum called the Fish Kill Mystery, flood safety awareness activities, and field trip support to caves, creeks, and springs.
Flood Type: Flooding
Grades: 6-8
Year: Unknown
Author/Creator: Austin, TX Watershed Protection Department
Cost: Free
Education Standard: None
Training Type: Curriculum/ Lesson Plan, Exercises/Activities
Resource Type: Collection
Language: English


Where Does the Water Go? Hydrogeology Model Experiment

Links:
Where does the water go? Grades 4-6
Where does the water go? Grades 6-12
Additional instructions on how to build models

Description: Students will learn how ground cover influences surface runoff and groundwater recharge and how pollution travels through creeks, streams, and aquifers. Students will identify potential sources of pollution and learn what they can do as individuals to help keep their water clean. Lesson includes reference and additional resources.
Flood Type: Flooding
Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Year: 2007
Author/Creator: Jessica Gordon
Cost: Free
Education Standard: None
Training Type: Exercises/Activities
Resource Type: Document
Language: English

 


Flood Safety Poster Contest

Link: Flood Safety Poster Contest
Description: A contest asking students to create posters illustrating "Save Yourself! Turn Around - Don't Drown." Flooding is Austin's top weather- related emergency and the number-one cause of weather related fatalities.
Flood Type: Flooding
Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Year: 2017
Author/Creator: Austin, TX Watershed Protection Department
Cost: Free
Education Standard: None
Training Type: Exercises/Activities
Resource Type: Document
Language: English, Spanish


Earth Camp

Link: Earth Camp
Description: Earth Science concepts come alive at Earth Camp as students investigate flow paths across the watershed into creeks and rivers or into the Edwards Aquifer. Earth Camp is an award-winning water quality field science program for fifth-grade students attending Title I schools in the Austin Independent School District. Students spend four school days at outdoor sites participating in hands-on science with City educators, hydrogeologists and biologists. Students are encouraged to make informed decisions and take actions which promote stewardship of Austin’s beautiful water resources.
Flood Type: Flooding
Grades: 3-5
Year: Unknown
Author/Creator: Austin, TX Watershed Protection Department
Cost: Free
Education Standard: None
Training Type: In-person
Resource Type: Other-camp
Language: English, Spanish

 

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