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Creek Cleanups

Creek Cleanup 2015: Williamson Creek
Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 9:30am-Noon


This year, the District and the City of Sunset Valley will host a Cleanup on Williamson Creek. Williamson Creek is one of the many creeks that crosses the Recharge Zone and contributes recharge to the Edwards Aquifer. By cleaning up trash and debris from the creek, we help improve the quality of water entering our aquifer.

Recent rains and floods have deposited a large amount of trash along the creek.  This is going to be a BIG YEAR for the cleanup!

Join us for a fun-filled creek clean-up. Participants will receive a T-SHIRT, LUNCH, and PRIZES!

Be sure to RSVP, so we know how many hands we'll have to help and how many mouths we'll have to feed!

To RSVP or find out more about creek clean-ups, please call or email
Robin Gary at (512) 282-8441 or



Clean-Ups From Years Past

Many thanks to our 50 volunteers that helped pick up over a ton of trash and loads of debris from Williamson Creek in 2012!  Special thanks to:

  • City of Sunset Valley
  • Helping Horns
  • Austin High School
  • Sunset Valley Elementary
  • Concerned citizens

More photos available on the District Facebook Page.



The cleanup orientation will start at about 9:30.

Photos of the 2010 Creek Cleanup
Volunteers gathering for the 2010 Creek Cleanup Walking Williamson creek.... and picking up trash


Showing off a truckload of trash retrieved from Williamson Creek


Many hands make light work!  In less than 2 hours we loaded a pickup truck full of trash.















The recent rains and high water certainly made for an eventful 2010 trash hunt. Awards for the ‘best of’ finds included:

  • Heaviest: 15 shopping carts
  • Most colorful: a princess figurine
  • Most reusable (tie): good as new measuring cup & a red sharpie that still works
  • Most unusual: a guardian lion
  • Funniest: partially full Hemp oil container

It was a great event. Boy scouts, cub scouts, elementary school students and their parents, and community volunteers all had a wonderful time. Many commented they’ll look forward to next year’s cleanup.


The District strives to schedule a cleanup every year on a local recharge creek to remove debris that would otherwise travel downhill, clog recharge features (like caves or sinkholes), and degrade water quality. Past events have included a section of Buda's Onion Creek along Cole Springs Road, a branch of Williamson Creek above a large sinkhole near the intersection of Brodie Lane and William Cannon, and a section of Williamson Creek near Sunset Valley.  Volunteers are requested from local schools, scouting troops, and neighborhood groups. Cleanup events are typical held on a Saturday morning in the fall or spring when the tempature is comfortable; volunteers are provided with bags, gloves, and lunch. Large items such as old tires, lumber, metal signs, fencing, and appliances are collected by adult volunteers and District staff for special pick up and disposal.

To learn more about the District's next cleanup, please call 512-282-8441. If you are interested in holding your own cleanup, please contact Keep Austin Beautiful, which can provide your group with trash bags, gloves, and other needed materials.  Visit to learn more about Clean Sweep Austin Day and other cleanup efforts across the city.