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Storm Water Videos Broadcast on Travis County's Cable Channel 17- September 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 video titled, 'A Run Unto the Sea:  The Adventures of the Abilene Boys', presented by the LCRA, is a 1 hour documentary hosted by Walter Cronkite on 3 retired men who recreated in 1990 a canoe trip they had taken down the Colorado River in the 1930's.  It will be broadcast on the following dates/times:

  • September 1 - 10:00 pm
  • September 2 - 12:30 pm & 6:00 pm
  • September 3 - 8:00 am & 8:30 pm
  • September 4 - 8:30 am
  • September 5 - 3:00 pm
  • September 6 - 11:00 am


The following videos, presented by the LCRA, the EPA, and the Weather Channel will be broadcast together during each time block listed below:

  1.  The Water Never Gets This High (LCRA)- a look at the Colorado River's historical tendency for catastrophic floods.
  2.  Preparing for Severe Weather (LCRA)- warns citizens to be prepared for severe weather, and offers tips on what to do during these events.
  3.  Three Ways to Prepare for a Flood (LCRA)- explains what the LCRA does, and what residents should do, during a flood event. 
  4.  Ready For the Next Flood (LCRA)- a look at LCRA's flood-management operations.
  5.  Providing Water for Central Texas (LCRA)- explains how lakes in Austin get water, and how it is distributed.
  6.  After the Storm (EPA & The Weather Channel)- three case studies focus on the interconnections between our water supplies, water quality, and the economic vitality and quality of life in our communities.
  • September 8 - 10:00 pm
  • September 9 - 12:30 pm & 6:00 pm
  • September 10 - 8:00 am & 8:30 pm
  • September 11 - 8:30 am
  • September 12 - 3:00 pm
  • September 13 - 11:00 am


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.
  • September 15 - 10:00 pm
  • September 16 - 12:30 pm & 6:00 pm
  • September 17 - 8:00 am & 8:30 pm
  • September 18 - 8:30 am
  • September 19 - 3:00 pm
  • September 20 - 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:

  • September 22 - 10:00 pm
  • September 23 - 12:30 pm & 6:00 pm
  • September 24 - 8:00 am & 8:30 pm
  • September 25 - 8:30 am
  • September 26 - 3:00 pm
  • September 27 - 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:

  • September 29 - 10:00 pm
  • September 30 - 12:30 pm & 6:00 pm

Emily Ackland
Environmental Quality Program Manager

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

Environmental Hotline
(512) 854-4400

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