New Lessons in Flood Mitigation

Austin’s award-winning Watershed Protection Department finds success in its diverse approach to managing stormwater.

New Lessons in Flood Mitigation

Heavy equipment operator lead John Edwards (right) moves a vacuum boom into place while drainage maintenance supervisor John Hayes oversees the work.

Austin, Texas, is blessed — and sometimes cursed  — by the water that runs through it,     under it and, unfortunately, over it.

As the one-time frontier settlement has evolved into the political, musical and intellectual hub of Texas, it has relied on water carried through...

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