#Stewards4Shoal: Healthy Watersheds

July 13, 2018  | By Shoal Creek Conservancy

Did you know that regardless of where you live, everyone lives in a watershed?

A watershed is an area of land that drains to a single body of water, such as a river, a creek or a lake, that provides us with drinking water, supports habitats for plants and animals, and offers opportunities for recreation and the enjoyment of nature.

In Austin, the Shoal Creek Watershed needs your help. Shoal Creek spans 11 miles from downtown Austin all the way up to the Domain. It suffers from numerous and interconnected water-related challenges including devastating flood events, poor water quality, erosion, loss of native habitat, and reduced spring flow.

Learn more in our Healthy Watersheds PSA!


Our goal at the Shoal Creek Conservancy is to identify creative, cooperative solutions to address these challenges, so we have teamed up with the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department and The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University to launch the #Stewards4Shoal campaign to raise awareness about the importance of this watershed and encourage local action.

How can you be a part of the #Stewards4Shoal movement?

  • Take a video or picture of yourself at Shoal Creek, along with a description about why the watershed is important to you and use the hashtag #Stewards4Shoal to document your post on any social media outlet.
  • Volunteer your time to help us create the first ever Watershed Action Plan for Shoal Creek.
  • Adopt good stewardship practices by using water and caring for your lawn wisely, cleaning up after your pet, picking up litter in your area, and always throwing away your trash.

We all benefit from clean water, and we all have a role to play in keeping our creeks, rivers, lakes and groundwater healthy. Join us in protecting and restoring the Shoal Creek Watershed!