With temperatures on the rise, Austinites are starting to think about ways to cool off at their favorite swimming spots. While for most of us local creeks are a reprieve from the heat, Keep Austin Beauitful’s Adopt-a-Creek leaders are busy all year long thinking about ways to improve our local waterways. Over 100 groups remove litter, track creek health, restore the riparian ecosystems throughout the year, and the heat won’t be stopping them from planning future projects.
Clara McBrayer and the Friends of Walnut Creek will be planning restoration projects for this fall which will include removing ligustrum and replacing the invasive tree with native trees. Anthony Murray is looking to create a large natural area along a stretch of Harris Branch Creek. He hopes to work with the home homeowner’s association which currently owns and maintains the adopted segment and neighbors to create a more natural marshy nature preserve that is enjoyable to community members and serves as a natural filtration system and introduces new habitats to the creek.