Join Shoal Creek Conservancy and the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department for “Is Shoal Creek Healthy?”.

During our tour, we’ll discuss the characteristics of a healthy creek, the issues Shoal Creek currently faces such as erosion, flooding and loss of native habitat, and solutions to these problems.

This walk will be led by Watershed Protection Department employees Mateo Scoggins and Darcy Nuffer and Shoal Creek Conservancy Executive Director Joanna Wolaver.

Shoal Creek Watershed Stakeholder Committee members are strongly encouraged to attend this site visit of Shoal Creek. Not a committee member? Learn more about becoming a member and about the Shoal Creek Watershed Action Plan here.

We hope to see you there! Register for your spot below. 


Logistics: Please wear comfortable walking shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, and we recommend bringing water and a snack if desired. Street parking is available along 9th Street. We’ll walk approximately 1-mile along the Shoal Creek Trail and near the creek.

In case of lightning or flash flood warnings, the event will be canceled. In the case of light to medium rain, we still plan on having the tour, but please check your email, our Facebook page, and our website for additional information.


About Our Guides: 

Mateo Scoggins has worked in stream ecology for the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department for over 20 years. He helped develop a robust biological monitoring program and has focused the latter part of his career on solutions to water quality problems in central Texas streams, including a ban on coal tar sealants and a riparian restoration program. Mateo grew up in California, attending the University of California at San Diego and then joined the Peace Corps in Honduras before moving to Austin, Texas in 1992. He has an MS in Aquatic Biology from Texas State and is a certified senior ecologist with the Ecological Society of America.

Darcy Nuffer is a landscape architect with the Watershed Protection Department, where she works on designing and building stream restoration and stormwater treatment projects. For the last five years, she has been engaged to varying degrees with several projects along the lower reaches of Shoal Creek. On the weekend she can often be found in the same place, fossil hunting and rock splooshiness-testing with her son.

Joanna Wolaver has worked in both the public and nonprofit sectors throughout her career, specializing in natural resources protection, funding for parks and wildlife, urban planning and Texas water policy. Prior to joining the Conservancy, she held positions at National Wildlife Federation, New Jersey Audubon Society and the San Antonio Mayor’s Office. Joanna managed three successful open space and transportation bond campaigns in Texas and New Jersey. She received a Master’s degree in Geography and the Environment from the University of Texas and an undergraduate degree in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College. Joanna grew up in Austin and enjoys hiking with her husband, son and sweet chocolate lab.




May 19th, 2018
9:00-10:30 a.m.


Duncan Park
900 W. 9th Street
Austin, TX 78703

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