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Storm Water Videos Broadcast on Travis County's Cable Channel 17- June 2021 Schedule

The following information is presented for public education as part of Travis County's Storm Water Management Program (SWMP) required by the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

 The following videos presented by the LCRA and the Water Education Foundation will be broadcast together during each time block listed below: 

  1. Innovative Stormwater Runoff Practices (LCRA)
  2. Storm Water Management: Turning Runoff Into a Resource (Water Education Foundation)- explains the problem with polluted storm water, and steps that can be taken to prevent such pollution and turn it into a water resource.
  3. Pointless Pollution (LCRA) - a documentary hosted by Walter Cronkite on the problems posed to the nation's water supply by non-point source pollution. One segment includes Lake Travis.
  • June 2 - 10:00 pm
  • June 3 - 12:30 pm & 6:00 pm
  • June 4 - 8:00 am & 8:30 pm
  • June 5 - 8:30 am
  • June 6 - 3:00 pm
  • June 7 - 11:00 am


Austin Underground, presented by The City of Austin, is designed to provide viewers with a 'virtual field trip' into the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer. The video is broken up into the following four segments:

  1. Threats/ Solutions - explores threats to the aquifer (non-point source pollution).
  2. Hydrogeology - explores the underground flow of water through the cave/ aquifer system by means of dye trace studies, and the re-emergence of groundwater at local springs, particularly Barton Springs.
  3. Salamander - studies the aquifer and the springs as a habitat for aquatic species, including the Austin Blind Salamander and the endangered Barton Springs Salamander.
  4. Geology - explores the passage of water over land to the recharge zone into critical environmental features including fractures, sinkholes, and caves. It also examines the dissolution of karst limestone.

They will be broadcast together during each time block listed below:

  • June 9 - 10:00 pm
  • June 10 - 12:30 pm & 6:00 pm
  • June 11 - 8:00 am & 8:30 pm
  • June 12 - 8:30 am
  • June 13 - 3:00 pm
  • June 14 - 11:00 am


IDDE, A Grate Concern, presented by Excal Visual in both English and Spanish, is focused on understanding the problem of illicit discharge and what can be done within the community to reduce it.

The WaterSmart Videos, presented by Conservation Coordinator Brett Briant of the LCRA, are broken into the 12 segments outlined below:

  1. Using Mulch and Save Water – Adding mulch and compost can help save water, cut your water bill, and keep your lawn and plants healthier
  2. Mulch Improves Your Soil- Mulch and compost keep weeds at bay, improves your soil and makes your once-a-week watering more efficient
  3. Test Your Irrigation System- Testing your irrigation system is easy- demonstration of how to install a new battery, check for broken nozzles and inspect your rain sensor
  4. Cycle and Soak Irrigation- How the "cycle and soak" method reduces water runoff and allows soil to absorb more water more efficiently
  5. Replace Riser Seal- Brett Briant repairs a leaking rotor and replaces riser seals to have a more efficient irrigation system
  6. Repair Drip Tubing- Brett Briant repairs leaks in drip tubing so drip irrigation can be the most efficient use of supplemental water
  7. Install Drip Irrigation- Learn how to convert your automated irrigation system to a drip irrigation system to save water and money when watering your garden
  8. Domestic Use Program- LCRA water customers, including domestic use customers, are on a maximum once-a-week watering schedule because of the severe drought
  9. Lago Vista Saves Water- The City of Lago Vista is laying pipe under the Highland Lakes Golf Course with the help of a cost-share grant from LCRA
  10. Marble Falls Saves Water- The City of Marble Falls uses recycled wastewater on four of its public parks with help from the Lower Colorado River Authority's cost-share program. The city is expected to save about 15 million gallons of water a year through the "purple pipe project," made possible through the cost-share program available to LCRA's firm water customers
  11. Hidden Falls Saves Water- LCRA's cost-​share program helps Hidden Falls Golf Club reduce water use by 5 percent or almost 3.3 million gallons a year. The program is offered every spring and fall to LCRA firm water customers
  12. Cedar Park Saves Water- The City of Cedar Park is now using non-potable water to keep the turf green at the Brushy Creek Sports Complex. LCRA's cost-share program made it possible for the city to reuse household water to keep the fields safe and green through the hot Texas summers.
  13. Majestic Plastic Bag, presented by ‘Heal the Bay’, is a mockumentary that is narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons and tracks the "migration" of a plastic bag from a grocery store parking lot to the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch". 

 All of these videos will be broadcast together during each time block listed below:

  • June 16 - 10:00 pm
  • June 17 - 12:30 pm & 6:00 pm
  • June 18 - 8:00 am & 8:30 pm
  • June 19 - 8:30 am
  • June 20 - 3:00 pm
  • June 21 - 11:00 am

The video titled, 'Texas, The State of Springs', presented by TEXAS Parks & Wildlife, explores the decline of our natural springs, issues that affect spring flow, and what can be done to save these resources.

It will be broadcast on the following dates/ times:

  • June 23 - 10:00 pm
  • June 24 - 12:30 pm & 6:00 pm
  • June 25 - 8:00 am & 8:30 pm
  • June 26 - 8:30 am
  • June 27 - 3:00 pm
  • June 28 - 11:00 am


The following special features, presented by Texas Parks and Wildlife, and videos presented by the LCRA, will be broadcast together during each time block listed below:

  1. In Land We Trust (TP&W)- the growing land trust movement offers new hope for threatened farm & ranch lands
  2. Policing Pollution (TP&W)- game wardens work to keep our water & air clean
  3. Last of the Bayous (TP&W)- chronicles the natural beauty of the Clear Creek area & its ecological significance
  4. Restoring Galveston Bay (TP&W)- challenges of reversing damage inflicted on Galveston Bay and its marshes
  5. Clean Water: It Starts With You (LCRA)- tips on how you can reduce the amount of pollution in storm water runoff.
  6. Blind Man's Vision (LCRA)- a brief look at Adam Johnson, who conceived the idea for what would become Buchanan Dam.
  •  June 30 - 10:00 pm



Emily Ackland
Environmental Quality Program Manager

Weekdays: 8:00-5:00
(512) 854-9383

Environmental Hotline
(512) 854-4400

Contact information


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