Grow Zones: Streamside Restoration in Austin, Texas

In tune with the Watershed Protection Department's mission to improve water quality, control erosion and reduce the impacts of flooding

Jan 1, 2014

In tune with the Watershed Protection Department's mission to improve water quality, control erosion and reduce the impacts of flooding and through a partnership between the Parks and Recreation Department, the City of Austin has developed a framework for restoration of urban riparian forests (land adjacent to the creek). This adaptive step-by-step approach attempts to manage natural succession (plant regeneration) in order to enhance the functionality and sustainability of Austin’s urban forests, with minimal management inputs. In addition to improving stream water quality and reducing erosion, this program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increases carbon sequestration, and reduce staff maintenance (allowing them to provide other services to park users).  

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