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 restoration projects in an effort to reduce improve water quality, stabilize creek banks, and restore habitats along waterways. Event ideas include invasive species removal, seed collection, and native tree or grass plantings. Interested volunteers are encouraged to check out our map below for unadopted areas that are ready for a lasting positive impact!

Adopt-a-Creek will be pausing application submission until January 2020. For any questions you may have, please contact the Adopt-a-Creek Coordinator through the button below!

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 restoration events per year
  • Restore creek habitat through invasive species removal, native plantings. and erosion control

Benefits of Becoming an Adopt-a-Creek Group

  • An Adopt-a-Creek certificate and tile
  • Guidance with planning your events
  • Access to native plants and seeds
  • Access to Keep Austin Beautiful and Watershed Protection Department staff to provide technical insight and advice
  • 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 paused temporarily and will resume in January 2020

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

Resources for Adopters




Alpha Charity League


American Society of Civil Engineers, Austin

Anaka Cantrell

Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (NJHS)

ASLA Student Chapter

Atlassian CA’s

AT&T Austin

Austin Americorps Alums

Austin Chinese American Network

Austin Contractors and Engineers Association

Austin Families in Nature

Austin Habitat Stewards

Austin High School APES

Austin Standup Paddleboarders

Austin Youth River Watch

Bangers Sausage House and Beer Garden

Bailey Family

Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association

Boys & Girls Club of the Austin Area

Boy Scout Troop 49


Bull Creek Foundation

Central Cherry Creek Neighborhood Association

Chambord Community

Colorado River Alliance

Crossing Garden Homes

CTA Architects and Engineers

Delta Alpha Omega LCN Multicultural Fraternity Inc.

Driftwood Recovery Center

Ecology Action of Texas

Engineers without Borders

Fairmont Hotel

Fairview Neighborhood

Freese and Nichols

Friends and Lovers of Willowbrook Reach (FLWR)

Friends of Boggy Creek – Rosewood Glen Oaks Neighborhood Association

Friends of Copperfield Nature Trails

Friends of East Bouldin Creek

Friends of Givens Park

Friends of Little Walnut Creek

Friends of McKinney Falls State Park

Friends of South Zilker Park

Friends of Tannehill Branch Creek

Friends of Williamson Creek

Fuller Family

Generation SERVE

Global Brigades

Girl Scouts of Central Texas

Girl Scouts of Oak Hill

Gracywoods Neighborhood Association

Hancock Neighborhood Association

Heritage Hills – Woodbridge NA

Heritage Oaks

Hill Country Nudists

Hofmann Lab, UT Austin

Homewood Heights NA


Innovative Water Solutions


JetBlue Airways

Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms

Kate Catteral

Keep Walnut Creek Wild

Ketcham Family

Lana Denkeler

Lumber Society

Management Information Systems Association  (UT)

McKinley Heights/Clifford Sanchez


Nathan Leland

NYOS Charter School

Oak Hill United Methodist Church

Oracle- Austin


Pease Park Conservancy

Phi Kappa Sigma

Phi Kappa Tau

Public Green & Wild

Radha Madhav Dham

REI Austin

Ridgelea Neighborhood Association

Sathya Sai Center of Austin

Save Barton Creek Association


Sierra Club of Austin

Silicon Labs

Social Solutions

South East Austin Trails and Greenways Alliance (SEAT&GA)

Southwood Neighborhood Association

St. Edwards University – Ragsdale Center

Tau Beta Pi


Texas Bluebonnets

Texas Conservation Corps at American YouthWorks

Travis Audubon

The Karli Family

The Williamson Family

Tzu Chi Foundation

US Coast Guard Auxillary Floatilla 7-5 Austin


UT Geography Society

Walnut Creek Ward of the LDS

Wayside Schools

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Weston Solutions

W&M Environmental Group

Whole Foods Market Global Specialty Team


Youth Advisory Committee