In partnership with the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department, Keep Austin Beautiful engages citizens in making a lasting commitment to protect our waterways by adopting a ¼ mile segment for a minimum of two years. Adopters conduct at least four cleans ups per year and complete restoration projects in an effort to reduce the amount of trash entering creeks, improve water quality, and restore habitats along waterways.

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When you Adopt-a-Creek you are making a commitment to: 

  • “Adopt” a ¼ mile of an Austin creek for at least 2 years
  • Conduct at least 4 creek cleanups per year
  • Restore creek habitat

Benefits of Becoming an Adopt-a-Creek Group

  • An Adopt-a-Creek certificate and tile
  • Guidance with planning your cleanups
  • Cleanup supplies and trash collection
  • Adopt-a-Creek giveaways for your group
  • Storm drain marking kits
  • Gardening tools and technical assistance for restoration projects and the long term maintenance plan for your creek segment
  • Monitoring kits for your group to track the progress of your creek segment
  • Recognition on the Keep Austin Beautiful website. 

Applications are accepted all year and processed quarterly. 

Adopted Creeks

Click on the map for more information about the creek area and adopters. 

Resources for Adopters



Reese Foundation  |  Waste Management


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