Did you know there is a natural oasis right here on campus?
Waller Creek is an urban watershed that runs from North Austin through the city and campus into Lady Bird Lake downtown. Even though it's in the middle of the city, the creek is home to a great diversity of wildlife. From the Great Blue Heron to the Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly, many types of animals rely on the creek habitat for survival.
But being an urban watershed means that Waller Creek suffers many pollution problems too. Trash from the streets washes down storm drains and into the creek. Sometimes people even dump large items into the creek so they don't have to pay for disposal. This pollution can adversely affect the wildlife, water quality, and beauty of Waller Creek.
What can you do?
Participate in the Waller Creek Cleanup! The event is held twice a year and sponsored by
Environmental Health and Safety and
the Texas Natural Science Center.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make our April 13 Cleanup a big success!
- Volunteers: 69 waiver vouchers received
- Bagged Trash: 59 bags, 1,002 lbs.
- Bagged Recycling: 8 bags, at 42 lbs.
- Miscellaneous, scrap metal, broken glass: (4) 5-gal pail = 96 lbs.
- Scrap metal: 40 lbs.
- Bulky items: shopping cart, grill, ice chest, sleeping bags (2), suitcase = 94 lbs.
Total weight of materials removed: 1,274 lbs!
View photos from the Cleanup.
Questions? Contact Carin Peterson with
Environmental Health and Safety at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See results and photos from a few of our past events:
4-14-12 | 11-12-11 | 04-10-10