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[CALL TO ORDER]

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CALL A REGULAR MEETING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION ON SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2021 TO ORDER AT 6:03 PM.

LET'S DO A QUICK ROLL CALL.

I WILL START WITH, UH, COMMISSIONER ROMBERG.

WOW, DEAR, UH, COMMISSIONER COIN HERE.

UH, COMMISSIONER BREADFRUIT HERE.

COMMISSIONER BRISTOL, COMMISSIONER THOMPSON HERE.

COMMISSIONER BRIMER HERE.

COMMISSIONER SCOTT HERE.

UH, CHAIR GUERRERO HERE.

UH, COMMISSIONER BARRETT HERE AND COMMISSIONER QURESHI.

HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE JOINED BY HARRIS HERE IN A LITTLE BIT.

ALL RIGHT, WE'LL MOVE ON TO A CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

I DON'T BELIEVE WE HAVE ANYONE SIGNED UP.

UH,

[1. ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION UPDATES a. Update on Climate Equity Plan—Liz Johnston, Deputy Environmental Officer, Watershed Protection Department (5 minutes)]

SO WE'LL GO STRAIGHT TO ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION UPDATES, UH, UPDATE ON CON ON CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN FROM LIZ JOHNSON W ENVIRONMENTAL LAW OFFICER.

GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

BEFORE I BEGIN ON MY UPDATE, I DID WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE PASSING ON AUGUST 17TH OF A FORMER ENVIRONMENTAL BOARD MEMBER.

JIM SCHISSLER, WHO WAS A VICE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL CIVIL ENGINEERING FIRM, CIVIL TUDE.

HE ENTERED HIS SERVICE ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL BOARD, WHICH IS WHAT IT WAS CALLED AT THE TIME IN 2010 AND SERVED UNTIL 2015.

WHEN HE MOVED ON TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION, WHICH HE SERVED ON FOR FOUR YEARS, UH, THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY WILL CERTAINLY MISS HIS PRESENCE, HIS STEADINESS, DRY HUMOR, AND HIS SNAZZY TIES.

AND WE AT WATERSHED EXTEND OUR SYMPATHIES TO HIS FAMILY AND ALL WHO WORKED WITH HIM.

SO, UM, ON, UM, THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION APPROVED EMOTION IN SEPTEMBER 22 QUANTITY IN SUPPORT OF THE REVISION OF THE COMMUNITY CLIMATE PLAN TO IMPLEMENT THE GOAL OF ACHIEVING NET ZERO EMISSIONS BY 2040 WITH A FOCUS ON ACHIEVING EQUITY DRAFTING OF THIS CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN WAS A TREMENDOUS EFFORT LED BY THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY THAT INCLUDED NUMEROUS STAKEHOLDERS AND CITY OF AUSTIN DEPARTMENTS.

UM, IT INVOLVED COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS, INTERVIEWS FROM CLIMATE AMBASSADORS AND, UM, THE DRAFT INCLUDES A LIST OF GOALS TO ACHIEVE CERTAIN MILESTONES, UM, TO HELP ACHIEVE THE OVERARCHING GOALS SET FORTH IN THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT.

UM, AREAS OF THE FOCUS WITHIN THIS PLAN INCLUDE SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS, TRANSPORTATION, AND LAND USE TRANSPORTATION, ELECTRIFICATION, FOOD, AND PRODUCT CONSUMPTION, AND IMPROVING THE RESILIENCY OF NATURAL SYSTEMS. UM, THIS DRAFT PLAN IS SET TO BE CONSIDERED BY AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL ON SEPTEMBER 30TH OF THIS MONTH TO BE FORMALLY ADOPTED.

AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO GET INVOLVED, YOU CAN, UH, GOOGLE THE CITY OF AUSTIN CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN OR GO TO WWW.UPAUSTIN.ORG DASH COMMUNITY CLIMATE PLAN.

THANK YOU.

THANKS LIZ.

[2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND ACTION a. Approval of the August 18, 2021 Environmental Commission Meeting Minutes (5 minutes)]

UH, WE'LL MOVE ON TO ITEM TWO, A APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND ACTION.

UH, THIS IS FROM THE AUGUST 18TH, 2021 ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES.

SIMMER HAD HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK THOSE OVER MOTION TO APPROVE.

UH, WE HAVE A FIRST BY, UH, COMMISSIONER GUERRERO, SECOND ROMBERG, SECOND BY ROMBERG.

UM, ALL IN FAVOR.

UH, WE'LL JUST DO A QUICK ROLL CALL SINCE WE'RE ALL IN PERSON OR I GUESS, UH, WE CAN DO HANDS FOR YOUR HANDS ALL IN FAVOR.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? UM, ANY ABSTAINING? UH, WE HAVE COMMISSIONER BEDFORD ABSTAINING.

OKAY.

[3a. Update on Northwest Park Dam Maintenance and Modernization project—Annabell Ulary, Engineer B and Pam Kearfott, Supervising Engineer, Watershed Protection Department (30 minutes)]

UM, MOVING ON TO ITEM THREE, A, UH, BRIEFINGS UPDATE ON NORTHWEST PARK DAM MAINTENANCE AND MODERNIZATION PROJECT.

WE HAVE ANNABEL LAURIE, UH, ENGINEER B AND PAM KEARFOTT SUPERVISING ENGINEER WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

GOOD MORNING, OR GOOD EVENING, SORRY, COMMISSIONER GUERRERO AND, AND COMMISSIONERS.

UM, MY NAME IS PAM .

I'M A SUPERVISING ENGINEER AND THE WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

AND I'M JOINED THIS EVENING BY ONE OF THE ENGINEERS ON MY TEAM AND WILL ELLORY WHO WILL BE PROVIDING YOU GUYS WITH AN OVERVIEW OF THE NORTHWEST PARK DAM MAINTENANCE AND MODERNIZATION PROJECT, WHICH IS A MOUTHFUL OF A NAME, UM, BEFORE SHE DOES THAT.

HOWEVER, IF WE COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, I WANTED TO TAKE A COUPLE OF MINUTES JUST TO GIVE YOU ALL A HIGH LEVEL OVERVIEW OF DAM SAFETY IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UM, WHEN WE THINK OF DAMS AND A LOT OF US THINK OF LONGHORN DAM, MANSFIELD DAM, THAT'S NOT THE KIND OF, THAT'S NOT THE SIZE AND SCALE DAM THAT THAT WE THINK ABOUT WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

WHAT WE THINK ABOUT ARE DAMS THAT

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ARE CONTROLLING DETENTION PONDS, UM, ON OUR WATERWAYS THAT HELP PREVENT FLOOD RISK IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN DAMS IN THIS, IN THE CITY.

AND THE STATE ARE REGULATED BY THE TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, BASED ON A COMBINATION OF FACTORS, WHICH INCLUDES THE HEIGHT OF THE DAM, THE VOLUME OF WATER THAT THEY HAVE FOUND AS WELL AS WHAT'S POTENTIALLY AT RISK DOWNSTREAM OF THAT STRUCTURE, SHOULD IT FAIL? SO THERE ARE CURRENTLY 33 DAM STRUCTURES IN THE CITY OF BOSTON THAT DO MEET THE REGULATION REQUIREMENTS BY THE TCEQ.

AND WHILE THE TCQ DOES REGULATE FOR SEVERAL DIFFERENT THINGS, I WAS GOING AGAINST THE TWO THAT WE FOCUS ON THE MOST ARE THE STRUCTURAL STABILITY OF THAT DAM.

UM, AS THE NAME IMPLIES, IT'S ITS ABILITY TO, TO HOLD ITS INTEGRITY WHEN IT HAS WATER AND THE PRESSURE AND WATER UP AGAINST IT.

AND IF IT'S BEING OVER TOP THAT IT'S NOT GOING TO FAIL.

AND THE SECOND IS ITS ABILITY TO SAFELY PASS A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF WHAT WE REFER TO AS THE PMF, WHICH IS THE PROBABLE MAXIMUM FLOOD.

YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD A LOT ABOUT THE 25 YEAR FLOOD, THE 100 YEAR FLOOD IN AUSTIN.

THIS IS A SIMILAR KIND OF DESIGN STORM EVENT, UH, BASED ON THE STATISTICS OF THE HIGHEST AMOUNT OF RAINFALL THAT IS CONCEIVABLE IN A SPECIFIC AREA ACROSS THE STATE, UM, EACH DAY ON, BASED ON ITS SIZE AND BASED ON WHAT'S THE RISK THAT RISK DOWNSTREAM, EACH ONE IS REQUIRED TO BE ABLE TO SAFELY PASS A CERTAIN PERCENT PERCENTAGE OF THAT PMF.

USUALLY IT'S ABOUT 75% AND BY SAFELY PASS, WHAT I NEED IS THE DAM ITSELF.

THE POND ITSELF DOESN'T HAVE TO HOLD THAT VOLUME OF WATER.

IT HOLDS AS MUCH AS IT CAN.

AND THEN WHEN IT NEEDS TO ENGAGE SPILLWAYS AND OTHER OUTLET STRUCTURES, IT'S ABLE TO PASS THAT EXCESS FLOW IN A WAY THAT IS SAFE AND THAT DOESN'T COMPROMISE THE INTEGRITY OF THE DAM ITSELF.

SO THE DAM SAFETY PROGRAM IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS MANAGED BY THE WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, UM, AND IT'S COMPRISED OF SEVERAL DIFFERENT FACTORS.

UM, PART OF IT IS INSPECTIONS OF THOSE STRUCTURES ANNUALLY TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE IN GOOD REPAIR AND THAT THEY DON'T NEED MAINTENANCE.

UH, IT IS ALSO THE PREPARATION AND SUBMITTAL TO THE TCQ OF EMERGENCY ACTION PLANS FOR EACH OF THOSE DAMS. SHOULD WE GET REALLY HIGH INTENSITY RAINFALL THAT TRIGGERS SPILLWAYS ON ANY OF THESE DAMS? WE NEED TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE, UM, TO NOTIFY DOWNSTREAM.

UM, IF THERE'S ANY, ANY, ANY PROBLEMS THAT POP UP ON THE DAM, THE PROGRAM ALSO INCLUDES ROUTINE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS OF THE PONDS AND THE DAM STRUCTURES THEMSELVES AND PROVING THE OUTLETS TO THEM AS THEY DISCHARGE BACK INTO CREEKS.

THEN THE LAST CATEGORY, AND ACTUALLY WHY WE'RE HERE TONIGHT IS WHEN WE DO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR THE MODERNIZATION AND LARGE REPAIRS ON, ON THE DAMS. SO BY MODERNIZATION, I GO, IT'S BACK TO THAT PERCENTAGE OF THE PMF.

A LOT OF THE DAMS WERE BUILT, UM, 10, 20 YEARS AGO, SOMETIMES LONGER, AND THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SAFELY PASS THAT PERCENTAGE OF THE PMF.

SO WITH A MODERNIZATION PROJECT, WE'RE ABLE TO GO IN AND EITHER THROUGH A COMBINATION OF ADDING CAPACITY TO THE DAM OR ADDING ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS TO THE DAM STRUCTURE ITSELF, TO HELP STABILIZE IT AND REINFORCE IT SO THAT IT CAN SAFELY PASS THAT TMS. THAT'S A MODERNIZATION.

SO THAT WILL TAKE US TO, UM, THE NEXT SLIDE.

AND I WILL HAND IT OVER TO ANNABELLE TO TALK TO YOU SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THE NORTHWEST PARK DAM AND THE CIP PROJECT THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON HERE.

SORRY.

HOPEFULLY YOU CAN HEAR ME NOW.

UM, AS PAM SAID, MY NAME'S ANNABEL ALLERY.

UM, I AM WITH WATERSHED ENGINEERING OR WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

UM, SO GOING THROUGH AND TALKING ABOUT NORTHWEST PARK, UM, IT'S A DUAL PURPOSE FACILITY THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T REALLY KNOW ABOUT.

SO I'M TO GO A LITTLE BIT BACKGROUND AND HOW IT ALL WORKS BEFORE DIVING INTO THE PROJECT.

UM, NORTHWEST PARK, THE REGIONAL DETENTION FACILITY AND DAM WERE CONSTRUCTED IN 1986 AS A RESULT OR AS A RESPONSE TO THE 1981 FLOODS THAT DEVASTATED SHOAL CREEK DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.

UM, THIS PARK WAS LOWERED TO SEVERAL FEET, UM, TO ALLOW WATER, TO COME INTO IT DURING STORM EVENTS AND, UM, RETAIN THAT WATER WHILE THE CREEK DOES ITS THING.

AND THEN AFTER THE WATER SEARCH AND RECITE A LITTLE BIT, THEN THE WATER WILL BE ABLE TO LEAVE THE DAM.

SO I'LL WALK THROUGH THAT A LITTLE BIT TO ORIENT YOU A LITTLE BIT ON THE PICTURE, WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN NORTHWEST OR NORTH PART DRIVE, WHICH IS ALSO THE BASEBALL FIELD ENTRANCE TO THE PARK.

AND THEN WE HAVE SHOAL CREEK BOULEVARD, WHICH GOES AROUND FROM THE LEFT TO THE TOP.

AND THEN WE HAVE GREENLAWN PARKWAY ON THE BRIGHT AND THE RDF STREET ENTRANCE TO NORTHWEST PARK ON THE BOTTOM.

UM, YOU CAN ALSO SEE SHOAL CREEK.

IT SHOWS A BLUE LINE WITH LITTLE BLACK ARROWS AND THEN THE A HUNDRED YEAR

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FLOOD PLAIN IS THAT BLUE SHADED AREA.

AND FINALLY THE DAM ITSELF, THE WHOLE REASON WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THIS IS THAT PINK DASHED LINE.

SO WE'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, SO AS I SAID, WE'RE JUST GOING TO ZOOM IN A LITTLE BIT ON THIS AREA AS THE CREEK RISES, WHICH SHOAL CREEK RISES WATER WILL ENTER THE DAM OVER NEAR THE TENNIS COURTS, UM, AND THOSE YELLOW AREAS.

AND THIS IS JUST A YOU'RE WALKING THROUGH IT.

THIS IS A PICTURE OF IT FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CREEK.

IT'S THAT RAMP DOWN OVER NEAR THE TENNIS COURTS.

IT SEEMS, UM, LIKE IT DOESN'T HAVE A PURPOSE.

IT ACTUALLY DOES.

THAT'S HOW THE WATER GETS INTO THE PARK AND THE PARK FILLS UP WITH WATER.

UM, AND AS COMPLETELY SUBMERGED HERE IN YOUR A HUNDRED YEAR STORM EVENTS, UH, AND THEN ON THE NEXT SLIDE, WE'LL HAVE THE, UH, OUTFALL PIPES.

SO THIS PARK HAS, UM, TWO DIFFERENT OUTFALLS, ONE BY THE DUCK POND AND THE ONE OVER BY THE BASEBALL FIELDS.

UM, AND THESE BOTH AS THE CREEK FOR SIDES ARE SUBSIDES WATER LEAVES, BUT BOTH OF THESE ARE EQUIPPED WITH BACKFLOW PREVENTERS.

SO WATER IS ONLY ALLOWED TO LEAVE THESE PIPES.

IT DOESN'T COME IN THROUGH THESE PIPES.

AND THEN THE LAST THING ON THE NEXT SLIDE IS OUR AUXILIARY SPILLWAY.

SO DURING THOSE LIKE PMF PROBLEM, MAXIMUM FLOODS THAT PAM WAS TALKING ABOUT THE DAM PLANT OR THE FACILITY CAN'T REALLY HOLD IT.

SO WE HAVE TO HAVE A PLACE FOR THAT WATER TO GO.

UM, THE OXTELLAR SPILLWAY LOOKS A LOT LIKE YOU CAN SEE IN THIS PICTURE, LIKE THE INFLOW SPILL WAY, IT'S JUST A LITTLE LESS, UM, DRAMATIC.

AND IT IS THE, IF YOU'RE WALKING ACROSS THE TOP OF THE DAM, IT'S THE ONLY SEGMENT THAT ACTUALLY HAS CONCRETE ON IT RIGHT NOW.

UH, SO IN THAT CONCRETE THERE TO HELP PROTECT DURING, UM, THOSE TIMES WHERE IT HAPPENS TO BE ENGAGED, UH, IT KEEPS THE EMBANKMENT FROM BEING ERODED AT THOSE POINTS.

SO LAST SLIDE, OUR NEXT SLIDE, NOT LAST, UM, IT'S JUST A PLAIN PICTURE WITHOUT HOPE.

UH, THERE WE GO.

AND THEN WE'LL CLEAN PICTURE WITHOUT ALL THE, UM, THE PICTURE SHOWING ALL THE DIFFERENT DETAILS, BUT WATER COMES IN THROUGH THE YELLOW SPOTS, UM, OUT FOR THE CIRCLE BLUE CIRCLES OR OVER THE RED SPOT.

SO THE NEXT SLIDE, WE'RE GONNA DIVE INTO WHAT THIS PROJECT IS ALL ABOUT, WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW.

UM, WE HAVE HDR WORKING ON THIS PROJECT AND WE DO HAVE JENNIFER, UM, LEONARD ON THE LINE, IF THERE'S ANY QUESTIONS AT THE END THAT I CAN'T NECESSARILY ANSWER, BUT SHE HAS WITH HDR.

UM, THEY'VE GONE THROUGH AND LOOKED AT ALL THE WORK THAT CAN BE DONE AND THE REGIONAL FACILITY AND ON THE DAM AND CATEGORIZE IT INTO THREE MAIN CATEGORIES.

SO THE FIRST ONE OF THESE IS OUR DAM SAFETY ITEMS. THESE ARE ITEMS THAT ARE INTENDED TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC.

UM, THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT ARE REGULATED BY THE TCQ OR TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY.

UM, LIKE PAM HAD MENTIONED EARLIER, OR EVEN OUR OWN DRAINAGE CRITERIA MANUAL HAS SOME REGULATIONS ON THERE.

THE NEXT ITEMS THAT WE WERE LOOKING AT ARE THE DAM MAINTENANCE ITEMS. THESE ARE ITEMS THAT DON'T CURRENTLY HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE DAM, THE DAM, SOME STABILITY, BUT IF THEY'RE LEFT ALONE FOR WAY TOO LONG, UM, THEY CAN'T CAUSE AN ISSUE.

SO WE'D RATHER GET IN THERE AND TAKE CARE OF NOW, WHETHER IT'S A SMALL THING RATHER THAN WAITING UNTIL THERE'S SOMETHING BIG.

AND THE LAST THING WE LOOKED AT AT THIS POINT WERE SOME PART DRAINAGE AND WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS.

UM, RIGHT NOW WE'RE ALL PART SEPARATELY FROM US.

WHAT CORRELATED WITH US IS GOING THROUGH A VISION PLAN RIGHT NOW.

UM, AND WE HAVE DARCY ENOUGH ALSO AROUND IT FOR QUESTIONS IF NEEDED, HOPEFULLY NOT, BUT IN CASE, UM, SO PART IS DOING A REVISION PLAN.

THEY'RE DOING A BUNCH OF REVAMPING FOR THIS PARK.

AND SO WE LOOKED AT IT FROM A WATER SHED PERSPECTIVE OF LIKE, HERE'S SOME DRAINAGE, POTENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS.

HERE'S SOME WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS YOU COULD DO AND USE THIS TO INFORM THEM DURING THIS TIME.

SO MOST OF THIS PROJECT IS FOCUSED ON THOSE DAM SAFETY AND DEANNE MAINTENANCE ITEMS, JUST BECAUSE WE'RE LOOKING, WE'RE JUST TRYING TO PROTECT THE DAM AT THIS POINT.

SO NEXT SLIDE IS, WHAT ALL DOES THIS MEAN? WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE? UM, THIS IS A LIST OF OUR DAM SAFETY ITEMS. UH, I WILL GO THROUGH THEM INDIVIDUALLY.

UM, SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO DIG INTO THIS TOO MUCH.

AND AGAIN, THESE ARE STATE REGULATED OR FOR PUBLIC SAFETY.

SO WE'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

WE HAVE OUR OVERTOPPING PROTECTION.

MOST OF THAT IN BANK MINT IS AN URBAN TRAIL.

LIKE YOU SEE IN THIS PICTURE, UM, EXCEPT FOR THAT AUXILIARY SPILLWAY, LIKE I TALKED ABOUT THIS, A DIFFERENT VIEW OF THAT.

SO THERE'S THE WAY WHERE IT'S THAT SEGMENT THAT'S ACTUALLY CONCRETE.

UM, SO WHAT WE'LL BE DOING FOR THIS OVERTOPPING IS, UM, CAPPING THE WHOLE DAMN WITH CONCRETE SIDEWALKS.

UM, THIS WILL HELP TO DURING THOSE PROBLEMS MAXIMUM FLOOD EVENTS, IT'LL KEEP THE DAM FROM BEING EXPOSED, THE EARTHEN DAM FOR BEING EXPOSED TO A RUSTLE VELOCITIES AND KEEP IT IN A GOOD WORKING CONDITION.

EVEN DURING LAUNCH STORM EVENTS.

NEXT SLIDE IS OUR WARNING SIGNS.

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UM, SO RIGHT NOW THIS PART DOESN'T HAVE ANY TYPE OF INFORMATION, UM, THAT IT FLOODS AND IT FLOODS BY A LOT.

AND THERE'S NOTHING IN THERE THAT STATES IT AND OTHER WARNINGS TO THE PUBLIC.

UM, RIGHT NOW I'M SHOWING THESE WARNING SIGNS AS INTERIM AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE PARKING LOTS.

BUT AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, PART IS DOING THEIR VISION PLANNING RIGHT NOW, AND THEY ARE CHANGING THE WAY THE PUBLIC INTERACTS WITH THIS PARK.

AND SO WE'LL BE COORDINATING WHERE THOSE SIGNS AND WHAT THOSE SIGNS LOOK LIKE WITH PARK QUITE A BIT IN THEIR VISION PLAN TO MAKE SURE THAT INAPPROPRIATE LOCATIONS NEXT ITEM ON THE NEXT SLIDE IS OUR WOODY VEGETATION MANAGEMENT AND ESTABLISHING A RIPARIAN VEGETATION.

UM, SO THIS PICTURE RIGHT HERE IS WHAT THE DAM LOOKS LIKE CURRENTLY.

AND THIS IS THE CREEK SIDE OF THE DAM.

THERE'S NO VEGETATION, THERE'S WHOLE BUNCH OF TREES.

TREES ARE NOT GOOD FOR DAMS. THE ROOTS CAN GO THROUGH AND CAN CAUSE ISSUES ON HUNDREDTH AND DAMS. UM, SO WE'LL BE EVALUATING THE TREES AND REMOVING SOME OF THEM THAT ARE CAUSING ISSUES, BUT AT THE SAME POINT, WE'LL ALSO BE ESTABLISHING SOME RIPARIAN VEGETATION.

SO RIGHT NOW IT'S A BUNCH OF GABIONS THAT YOU'RE SEEING AND WE'LL BE GOING THROUGH AND ADDING IN SOME SOIL ON TOP OF THE TWO GABIONS LIKE IT WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED AND JUST WASHED AWAY OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS.

UM, AND RE-ESTABLISHING SOME REGULAR VEGETATION TO HELP PROTECT THAT.

NATE, NEXT ITEM IS OUR CREEK SIDE REHABILITATION AND OF THE EMBANKMENT OR DEALING WITH THE EROSION THAT'S GOING ON WITH DIVIDE THIS IN FOUR SECTIONS.

FIRST ONE'S OVER BY THE OUTFALL OF THE DUCK POND.

SECOND ONE'S AT THE FIRST CURVE.

THIRD ONE IS AT THE NEXT CURVE.

AND THEN THE LAST ONE IS OVER NEAR THE EXCELLERE SPILLWAY FOR EACH OF THESE AREAS.

UM, IT'S ALL ON THE CREEK SIDE.

YOU DON'T REALLY SEE IT WE'LL COME BACK, BUT WE'RE SEEING SIGNS OF EROSION THAT WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF.

SO EACH ONE OF THESE AREAS WILL HAVE, UM, LARGE RIPRAP INSTALLED A CLUB ACROSS THE CREEK TO HELP SLOW DOWN SOME OF THE WATER UP ROWS OF WATERS.

AND THEN IN AREAS ONE, TWO AND FOUR WHERE THEIR GABIONS AREN'T IN NORMAL PLACE.

UM, WE WILL BE INSTALLING SOME LIMESTONE BLOCKS.

SO LIKE AN AREA ONE, FOR EXAMPLE, THERE'S SOME OF THE ROCKWALL AND GAMING'S THAT ARE MISSING.

THE ROCKS ARE GONE.

UM, AREA TWO, YOU SEE THEM SAGGING AND AREA THREE THEY'RE COMPLETELY GONE.

THERE'S ALL WASHED AWAY.

SO WE'LL BE REPLACING THAT TOE WITH BOTTOM OF THE BANK WITH LIMESTONE BLOCKS.

THE NEXT PART IS LOOKING AT OUR MSC VERTICAL WALLS.

MSE IS MECHANICALLY STABILIZED EARTH.

SO IF YOU'RE IN THE PARK, IT'S THAT WALL THAT LOOKS KIND OF LIKE A JIGSAW PUZZLE TO A DEGREE.

UM, THESE WALLS ARE DESIGNED TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF MOVEMENT AND WE ARE SEEING SOME MOVEMENT.

SO WE'RE LOOKING AT WHAT THAT MOVEMENT, HOW MUCH IT'S MOVED AND IF THAT'S WITHIN THE CONSTRAINTS OF THE SOILS THAT ARE THERE AND THE WAY IT WAS DESIGNED.

THE OTHER THING IS, AGAIN, THAT COORDINATION WITH PARD, UH, IN THE LAST VERSION OF THEIR VISION PLAN THAT I LOOKED AT, UH, THEY WERE LOOKING AT PARTIALLY REMOVING PART OF THIS BUTTRESS WALL THAT STICKS OUT INTO THE PARK TO HELP WITH FUNCTIONALITY THROUGH THE PARK.

AND SO WE'LL BE COORDINATING WITH THEM AND SEEING WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE, UM, THROUGH DESIGN OF THE REPAIRS, THAT'S ALL OF OUR DAM SAFETY ITEMS. SO THE NEXT ONE, WE HAVE OUR DAM MAINTENANCE ITEMS. AGAIN, THESE ARE ITEMS THAT DON'T CURRENTLY IMPACT STABILITY, BUT IF WE LEAVE THEM ALONE FOR LONG ENOUGH, THEY COULD, AND I'M GOING TO WALK THROUGH THEM AGAIN, JUST LIKE I DID LAST TIME.

UM, SO IF THE FIRST ONE ON THE NEXT SLIDE IS REPAIRING OUR PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE EXPANSION PLATES, UH, THE BRIDGES AND METALS AS THE TEMPERATURES CHANGE, THEY EXPAND AND CONTRACT.

AND THERE TYPICALLY ARE SOME EXPANSION PLATES ON THE BRIDGE AT THE ENDS WHERE THEY ANCHOR INTO THE WALL THAT ALLOW THAT BRIDGE TO MOVE.

LIKE IT NEEDS TO, UM, THE PLATES ON THIS ONE, THEY AREN'T QUITE AT WHERE THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE.

AND SO WE'LL BE MAKING SOME MODIFICATIONS TO ALLOW IT TO MOVE A LITTLE BIT MORE.

THE BRIDGE CURRENTLY IS FOLLOWING THE WALL A LITTLE BIT AND WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE SECURE THAT.

AND THE NEXT ITEM IS REMOVING IRRIGATION SYSTEMS AND THE EMBANKMENT IRRIGATION SYSTEMS ARE GREAT FOR HAVING BREAK PRETTY AGGRESSIVE, BUT THEY DON'T WORK WELL WITH DAMS. UM, THERE'S ALWAYS THE POTENTIAL OF THOSE BREAKING OR FAILING OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND SO, AND THEY CREATE SOME BIG PROBLEMS IN THAT EARTHEN DAM, LIKE LOTS OF, YEAH, CAN WE GET PROBLEMS? AND SO WE DON'T WANT TO HAVE THEM IN THERE AND IT LOOKS LIKE THERE IS ONE IN THERE RIGHT NOW.

SO WE'LL GO AHEAD AND REMOVE IT BEFORE IT BREAKS, UM, RATHER THAN HAVING TO GO BACK AND DO ALL THE REPAIRS AND STUFF AFTERWARDS, THE NEXT ITEM IS, UM, POST INSTALLING DRAINAGE AND CEILING PRACTICE ON THE REGULAR RETAINING WALL.

SO THESE ARE THE ONES THAT AREN'T THE JIGSAW PUZZLE ONES, THE NORMAL RETAINING WALLS OPENING THE BASEBALL FIELDS DOWN THE BOTTOM OF EACH OF THESE WALLS ARE WEEP HOLES TO ALLOW WATER TO DRAIN.

AND THEY ARE CURRENTLY FILLED WITH SEDIMENT AND THERE'S A LOT

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OF PRACTICE ON THESE WALLS.

AND SO WHAT YOU'RE DOING WITH THESE IS GOING THROUGH AND POST INSTALLING.

SO WE ARE GOING TO TAKE THE WALL DOWN.

WE'RE JUST GOING TO GO FROM OUTSIDE AND IT'S PUSHED THROUGH AT THE CURRENT HOLE AND INSTALL A NEW SYSTEM THAT KEEP LETS THE WATER OUT FROM BEHIND THE WALL, BUT KEEPS ALL THE SEDIMENT AND FLEX.

SO THERE'S NO MORE BOYD'S BEING CREATED.

AND THEN SEALING THE CRACKS IS DOING, UM, AGAIN JUST KEEPS EVERYTHING WHERE IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE, UM, AND ALL THAT.

SO THE NEXT PIECE IS STABILIZING THAT BASEBALL STRUCTURES, UM, THE STRUCTURES AROUND THE BASEBALL FACILITY HAVE SHIFTED OVER TIME.

IT'S KIND OF HARD TO PICTURE, UM, OR CAPTURING A PICTURE.

BUT IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY AT THIS PICTURE, THE SIDEWALK ON THE LEFT AND THE BUILDING ON THE RIGHT ARE BOTH TILTING IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS.

AND SO THAT'S SHOWING THAT THAT'S IT, THERE'S SOME SHIFTING GOING AGAIN RIGHT NOW.

THEY'RE STILL STABLE.

IT'S NOT CAUSING A STRUCTURAL ISSUE, BUT THERE IS THAT EVIDENCE OF SHIFTING AND RATHER GO IN AND FIX THINGS AND STABILIZE EVERYTHING.

WHAT WE CAN BEFORE HAVING TO FIX SOMETHING BARGER.

THE NEXT OPTION ITEM IS OUR ROSA FOOT TRAFFIC WALKWAYS AND MAKING SOME REPAIRS.

THERE'S A LOT OF SPOTS ON THE DAM AND THE PIC AND THESE TWO PICTURES WHERE, UM, THERE'S NO PATH DOWN THE EMBANKMENT, LIKE YOU'RE WALKING ALONG THE TOP OF IT AND YOU HAVE NO WAY TO GET DOWN TO THE BOTTOM NEAR THE BASEBALL FIELDS OR GOING OVER TO THE POOL OR THE DUCK POND OR IN THE PARKING LOTS.

AND SO WHAT WE'RE DOING IS WORKING WITH PART AGAIN AND THEN FINDING WAYS TO ESTABLISH TRAIL SYSTEMS OR PATHWAYS FROM THE TOP OF THE BANK MOUNT DOWN TO THE BOTTOM.

SO WE AREN'T GETTING THOSE RUTS PUT IN FROM PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC ACROSS THOSE, THE WALKWAYS, AND THEN THE LAST PART.

UM, BUT THE DAY MAINTENANCE IMPROVEMENTS IS OUR LOCAL APPROACH AND REPAIR THEIR THOUGHTS AROUND THE DAM, WHERE WATER, AS IT RAINED OVER THE RAIN EVENTS HAVE WASHED OUT SOME OF THE SEDIMENT.

UM, SO WE'RE GOING THROUGH, AND RE-ESTABLISHING SOME VEGETATION AND PUTTING SOME IT BACK, UH, ON SOME DIFFERENT PARTS AROUND IT.

UM, YEAH, SO, AND THEN ALL OF THESE IMPROVEMENTS, UM, IF WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE AND THEY ALL SUM UP TO A TOTAL OF $3 MILLION, AND THIS IS BUDGETED CURRENTLY IN OUR FIVE-YEAR PLAN, UH, WE WILL BE RECEIVING DUFF OR DRAINAGE UTILITY FUNDING FOR THIS PROJECT, AS WELL AS BOND FUNDING FROM THE LAST BOND ELECTION.

UM, AND IT'S READY TO GO.

AND THIS IS JUST FOR DAM SAFETY AND DAM MAINTENANCE IMPROVEMENTS.

NEXT SLIDE IS OUR PROJECT TIMELINE.

SO WE ARE CURRENTLY AT THE END OF OUR PR.

UH, WE'RE HOPING TO WRAP THAT UP IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS OR AIMING TO WRAP THAT UP IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS, AND THEN WE WILL START DESIGN.

UM, ONE THING I WANT TO NOTE ON THIS SLIDE IS THE PROJECT IS THIS TIMELINE AND THE BUDGET IS BASED OFF THE DAM IMPROVEMENTS, UH, AND MONITORIZATION STUFF.

IT IS, THERE'S A COUPLE OF PIECES THAT WE CAN PARTNER AND THIS AREA, THERE'S A LOT OF PROJECTS GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME.

NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE THE PART, VISION PLAN PARTS, ALSO WORKING WITH THEIR POOL AND AUSTIN WATER HAS A, UH, WASTEWATER REHABILITATION PROJECT GOING THROUGH AS WE'LL BE DOING TO COORDINATE A LOT.

SO THERE'S A CHANCE THAT THE TIMELINE WILL CHANGE A LITTLE BIT DEPENDING ON HOW EVERYTHING GETS COORDINATED AND TOGETHER, UM, AND ALL OF THAT.

SO AT THAT POINT, I THINK WE'VE GOT A COUPLE MORE MINUTES FOR QUESTIONS.

IF WE WANT TO GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, IT'S JUST A QUESTION SLIDE.

UM, AND IT'S ANOTHER VIEW OF THAT INFO SPILLWAY.

IF YOU'RE CURIOUS IF THERE'S ANY QUESTIONS WE'RE HAPPY TO TAKE THOSE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UH, REALLY APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION, UH, GO AROUND AND START WITH THE FOLKS IN THE ROOM.

COMMISSIONER BEDFORD, ANY QUESTIONS? COMMISSIONER COMMISSIONER, IF YOU JUST PRESS THE YEAH.

COMMISSIONER AND BEDFORD SCOTT.

YEAH, THERE YOU GO.

YOU KNOW, I'M A NEWBIE, LET'S START OVER RIGHT NOW.

JUST KIDDING.

UM, YEAH, SO I WAS JUST WONDERING, IS THIS COVER LIKE WORK ON THE SHOAL CREEK TRAIL PART TOO, OR JUST THE, UH, THE DAM.

THIS IS JUST THE DAM AT THIS POINT.

GOTCHA.

CAN I SHARE SCOTT? NOPE.

OKAY.

UH, COMMISSIONER BRIMER YES.

THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UH, THIS WAS BUILT IN RESPONSE TO THE, UH, THE FLOOD CHILL CREEK IN THE EIGHTIES WITH THIS WHOLE BACK ENOUGH WATER TO PREVENT THE DAMAGE.

IF WE HAD A SIMILAR EVENT, YOU KNOW, IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS, ASSUMING THE DAM WAS REPAIRED AND MAINTAINED PROPERLY, REALLY SURE WHAT THE EVENT WAS IN THE EIGHTIES.

PAM,

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IF YOU WANT TO JUMP IN.

YEAH.

I'M HAPPY TO HELP ANSWER THAT.

UM, BY ITSELF, THIS, THIS HAN WOULD NOT ELIMINATE ALL OF THE FLOODING.

THERE HAVE BEEN, UM, COUPLE OF DOZEN DIFFERENT FLOOD RISK REDUCTION PROJECTS ALONG THE SHELF CORRIDOR SINCE THE 1981 FLOOD, UH, COLLECTIVELY, UM, WOULD HAVE A TREMENDOUS IMPACT IN REDUCING THAT RISK.

UM, FIRST WE CAN NEVER MAKE A RAINFALL EVENT HAPPENED, THE EXACT SAME WAY THAT A PREVIOUS ONE DID.

UM, BUT ALL THE, ALL THE IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE CITY, UM, IN THIS WATERSHED COLLECTIVELY WOULD DO YOU HAVE A, HAVE A GREAT IMPACT IN REDUCING RISK? UM, IT DOESN'T ELIMINATE ALL OF IT AS WE HAVE SEEN OTHER CONTINUES TO BE, UM, MAPPED FLOOD PLAIN IN THE WATERSHED AS WELL AS, ESPECIALLY IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, UM, RECURRING FLOODING.

UM, BUT IT, THE, THESE IMPROVEMENTS LIKE THIS POND DO HELP QUITE A BIT.

YEAH.

HAVE THERE BEEN, UH, HAS THERE BEEN ANY WORK DONE DOWNTOWN IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, UH, TO MITIGATE DAMAGE FROM THE FLOODS ON SHOAL CREEK? UM, THERE HAVE BEEN IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA.

I'M NOT AWARE OF MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS IN THE, IN THE CREEK TO THE CREEK CORRIDOR ITSELF.

WE HAVE STUDIED IT AND EVALUATED WHAT SOME OPTIONS ARE, UM, THAT ARE NOT MOVING FORWARD WITH ANY OF THOSE AT THIS TIME.

UM, JUST PARTIALLY BECAUSE OF THE SIZE AND THE COMPLEX NATURE OF THEM, BUT IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD BE INTERESTED IN PURSUING IN THE FUTURE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

APPRECIATE COMMISSIONER BARRETT.

HI.

YES.

THANKS AGAIN FOR THE PRESENTATION.

I AM LEARNING NOW ABOUT THE DMS IN AUSTIN.

SO MY QUESTION IS, UM, GENERAL ABOUT, UM, SORT OF, KIND OF THE, THE LANDSCAPE OF ALL THESE 33 DNS.

I'M ASSUMING THEY WERE BUILT AT DIFFERENT TIME PERIODS AND, UM, THIS SORT OF, I MEAN, I DON'T, I DON'T NEED THIS SPECIFIC NUMBER, BUT ARE THEY GENERALLY AROUND THE SAME THING? AGE IS, YOU KNOW, OLDER IN THE SENSE THAT YOU'RE HAVING TO DO THIS TYPE OF MEAT, SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE REPAIRS ON SEVERAL OTHER ONES, UM, OUT OF THESE 33.

ALRIGHT, SORRY.

YEAH, I THINK I, I DON'T, I, WE, WE'RE HAPPY TO GET YOU THE SPECIFIC INFORMATION, UM, AS A FOLLOW-UP, BUT MOST OF THE AGES ARE SIMILAR, UM, TO THIS ONE, ALTHOUGH THERE ARE PROBABLY VERY FEW THERE THAT ARE OLDER THAN THIS ONE.

UM, AND SO IT'S NOT UNCOMMON THAT JUST THROUGH, UH, ANNUAL INSPECTIONS THAT SOME, YOU KNOW, MAINTENANCE NEEDS ARE GOING TO ARISE, THAT WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE WITH, TO ADDRESS IN ORDER TO, TO MAINTAIN THESE ASSETS.

UM, IT'S WHERE AS THE MODERNIZATION WORK IS CONCERNED, UM, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE JUST CONTINUE TO REEVALUATE, AS I'M SURE YOU GUYS HAVE HEARD ABOUT, UM, THE WORK THAT THAT WAS DONE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL CALLED F FOR ALICE FOURTEENS OR, YOU KNOW, TO REASSESS AND ANALYZE, UM, RAINFALL RECORDS.

UM, SIMILAR TO THAT EFFORT, THE TCQ A FEW YEARS AGO, UPDATED THAT PROBABLE MAXIMUM PRECIPITATION, UM, DATA THAT THEY USE.

AND SO THE, AND THAT SHIFTED THINGS A LITTLE BIT FOR US AS WELL.

SO WE CONTINUE TO LOOK AT IT.

UM, I WOULD SAY THERE ARE SEVERAL DAMS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN MODERNIZED, UM, BUT THERE ARE ALSO MORE THAN THAT AS WE CONTINUE TO WORK, UM, THAT WILL, THAT WILL NEED TO BE MODERNIZED AS WELL.

AND WE TRY TO PRIORITIZE THOSE IN A WORST FIRST.

YEAH.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER SCOTT, WE'LL MAKE OUR WAY BACK AROUND.

I WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE HAS A FIRST CHANCE TO JUST REAL QUICK, UH, COMMISSIONER ROMBERG.

THANKS.

YEAH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UM, I WAS JUST WONDERING IF YOU GUYS COULD GIVE ME A LITTLE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WOODY VEGE MANAGEMENT AND RIPARIAN AREA.

LIKE I KNOW THAT THERE'S KIND OF THIS INHERENT CONFLICT WITH TREES GROWING IN DAMS. UM, BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT THAT'S A PRETTY ESTABLISHED KIND OF RIPARIAN CORRIDOR NOW.

SO WHAT, MAYBE IF YOU COULD PAINT A PICTURE FOR US KIND OF WHAT THE MANAGEMENT IS, IF IT'S REMOVING AND THEN IF THERE ISN'T ANY PLANTINGS, MAYBE WHAT THOSE MIGHT BE.

THANK YOU.

YEAH.

SO THE TREES ON THE DAM, UM, AND THEIR AREA ON THE CREEK SIDE, WE DON'T QUITE HAVE A TREE SURVEY JUST YET.

THAT'S GOING TO BE PART OF THE DESIGN SURVEY OR THE DESIGN PROCESS, BUT WE WILL BE LOOKING AT TRYING TO REMOVE SOME, MOST OF THOSE SMALLER DAMS OR THE TREES AT A MINIMUM.

UM, AND, AND SOME OF THOSE SLIDES, I DIDN'T BRING ATTENTION TO IT, BUT THERE ARE, THERE'S A NO PLANTING ZONE TYPE THING.

UM, AND THAT'S TO HELP HARD CAUSE WE DIDN'T WANT ANY NEW TREES TO BE ADDED TO THE DAM.

UM, TCEQ HAS REGULATIONS THAT STATE THAT

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EVERYTHING AT A CERTAIN LEVEL OR SMALLER, WHICH IS FOUR INCHES I THINK HAS TO BE REMOVED AND THEN EVERYTHING ELSE IS, WILL BE TAKEN AFTER THAT TREE SURVEY ON DETERMINING HOW THE IMPACT OF THE TREE TO THE DAM AND SEEING HOW THAT GOES.

SO TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

YES, SIR.

ALL RIGHT, WE'LL GO TO COMMISSIONER THOMPSON NEXT.

OKAY.

I WAS WONDERING, UM, YOU SAID THAT THERE WERE AREAS WHERE THINGS SHOULD NOT BE PLANTED.

AND I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF, UM, DIFFERENT GRASSES.

I KNOW THAT PEOPLE IN WATERSHED KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS THAN ME, THAT MIGHT ALSO ACT AS, UM, SOMETHING THAT WOULD HELP THE WATER BE, UM, FLOWING, NOT QUITE SO FAST.

SO I WONDERED IF YOU HAD CONSIDERED ANY OF THAT.

AND I, I ALSO KNOW THAT, UM, OUR RAIN EVENTS ARE DIFFERENT NOW AND AS WELL AS THE FACT THAT WE HAVE MORE IMPERVIOUS COVER AND A LARGER DRAINAGE AREA, WE DON'T HAVE AS MUCH OF A SETBACK FROM THE CREEK THERE.

SO ALL OF THESE THINGS TOGETHER, I THINK ALL THE WAY UP AND DOWN SHOAL CREEK, UM, CONTRIBUTE TO THE FLOODING THAT WE HAVE DOWNTOWN.

SO I REALLY APPRECIATE THE EFFORT HERE THAT YOU GUYS HAVE, UM, TAKEN TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION BECAUSE, UM, I'LL JUST TELL YOU AT OUR HOUSE, WE HAVE A PLANT IN THE FRONT AND IT RAINED FOR LIKE 10 MINUTES.

AND WE WENT OUT THERE AND EVERYTHING WAS JUST BENT OVER.

IT WAS LIKE SOMEONE HAD TAKEN A BUCKET OF WATER AND JUST POURED IT JUST DRENCHED EVERYTHING.

IT JUST CAME DOWN ALL AT ONCE.

SO THESE RAIN EVENTS, UM, ARE, I THINK THEY'RE UNUSUAL.

UM, BUT I KNOW THAT THEY'RE OCCURRING MORE AND MORE FREQUENTLY.

SO WITH EVERYTHING YOU HAVE ON YOUR PLATE, I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU'RE DOING THIS, BUT THE GRASS IS, I THOUGHT, WELL, MAYBE THAT WILL BE PART OF PART, OR I KNOW SOMEBODY IN WATERSHED MIGHT CONSIDER IT, BUT THANK YOU.

YEAH.

SO REAL QUICK, JUST TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE, I MIGHT'VE MISSPOKE THAT NO PLANT ZONE IS FOR NEW TREES AND WOODY VEGETATION.

SO IT'S SIMPLY THE EMBANKMENT, UM, GRASSES AND NATIVE PLANTINGS THAT AREN'T, WE DON'T HAVE A BIG ROOT SYSTEM.

THOSE ARE, UM, OR INVASIVE SYSTEMS. THOSE ARE TOTALLY ALLOWED AND ALONG THE EMBANKMENT.

SO WE WILL BE PLANNING NEW VEGETATION ALONG THE WAY.

WE'LL REMOVE SOME OF THOSE TREES UP.

UH, WE'LL GO TO COMMISSIONER GUERRERO.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION FOR YOUR QUICK RESPONSE TO, UH, EMAILS THAT WERE RECEIVED REGARDING THIS PROJECT.

UH, REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

APPRECIATE Y'ALL JUMPING ON THOSE QUESTIONS.

HOWEVER, I HAVE GOTTEN SO MUCH, UH, SO MANY EMAILS REGARDING THE POND, AND I KNOW THIS IS THE DAM AND I NEVER COORDINATING WITH PARD, BUT I HAVE TO ASK Y'ALL IF YOU WILL HAVE A ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION WITH ME AND THE COMMUNITY REGARDING THE POND AND THE TREES, UM, I LOST AND LOTS OF QUESTIONS THAT WERE THROWN MY WAY, AND I DON'T WANT TO TAKE UP THE TIME TO GO THROUGH THEM INDIVIDUALLY, BUT THEY SEEM TO BE SIGNIFICANT CONCERNS REGARDING THE HABITAT AND THE FUNCTIONING OF THE POND AND THE REALLY, REALLY CONNECTED, BECAUSE THAT'S ALL ABOUT THE FLOODING.

SO IF IT'S POSSIBLE, AND EVEN IF IT'S A ONE WOMAN SHOW OF LADY WORKING GROUP BEFORE THIS PROGRESSES ANY FURTHER, IF I COULD ASK THAT BETWEEN DARCY AND PARK STAFF AND YOU GUYS, IF WE COULD JUST HAVE A QUICK, UH, ZOOM OR SOMETHING THAT I COULD SET UP AT SOME TIME REGARDING THE TREES, SPECIFICALLY THE WET POND AND THE, UH, HABITAT IN THE WET POND.

I DON'T HAVE ANY INFORMATION TO GIVE THEM BACK ON THAT.

AND I ALSO HAVE A LOT OF CONCERNS ABOUT THE INSPECTION AND THE STRUCTURE OF THE POND.

ANYWAY, IS THAT A POSSIBILITY THAT WE CAN DO A DEEP DIVE? YEAH, I DON'T, I DON'T WANT TO SPEAK FOR DARCY, BUT WE ARE HAPPY TO JUST SET UP A MEETING, UM, BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENTS AND YOU, AND REALLY KIND OF EVERYBODY'S ON THE SAME PAGE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I GREATLY APPRECIATE IT, SIR.

YES.

I'D BE HAPPY TO ATTEND

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THAT MEETING, RIGHT.

THANK YOU, DARCY.

PERFECT.

THANK YOU.

WE'LL GO BACK TO COMMISSIONER SCOTT, AND THEN, UH, MR. BARRETT, DID YOU ALSO RAISE YOUR HAND? OH, OKAY.

JUST COMMISSIONER SCOTT THEN.

HI, I'M TAKING FOR THE PRESENTATION.

I, UM, I'M NEW TO THIS, UH, COMMISSION AND I HAVE A LOT OF, UH, WORK TO DO TO GET, UH, THE, THE FULL HISTORY OF EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING ON.

AND SO, EXCUSE ME, IF I'M WITH MY QUESTIONS ARE NAIVE, UH, UH, WHICH THEY PROBABLY WILL, BUT Y Y UH, IF WE, IF WE'RE LOOKING IN TOTAL AT 33 DIFFERENT, UH, DAMS, AND WHY ARE WE LOOKING AT THIS SPECIFIC ONE? IS IT, UH, THE ONE THAT YOU HAPPENED TO BE WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT? ARE THERE OTHERS THAT ARE IN A SIMILAR OR WORSE CONDITION? HOW CONCERNED SHOULD, UH, WE BE ABOUT, UH, THE, SOME OF THE OTHERS? UH, I'M I'M JUST TRYING TO PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE.

UH, SURE.

I'M HAPPY TO HAPPY TO HELP, UM, ADD SOME CONTEXT TO WHY WE'RE WORKING ON THIS PARTICULAR DAM.

UM, THE DAM SAFETY PROGRAM IN WATERSHED PROTECTION WAS STARTED, UM, IN THE EARLY TWO THOUSANDS.

AND AT THAT TIME THERE WAS AN EVALUATION DONE OF ALL THE DAM STRUCTURES IN THE CITY, AND A PRIORITIZATION METHODOLOGY WAS PUT IN PLACE TO HELP IDENTIFY, UM, DEPRIORITIZE, YOU KNOW, MAYBE THE ONES THAT NEEDED ATTENTION BEFORE OTHERS.

UM, AND SO WE HAVE THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING OFF OF THAT LIST.

UM, AND SO THIS NORTHWEST PARK WAS ONE OF THE ONES KIND OF UP NEXT IN THE QUEUE AFTER SEVERAL OTHERS THAT WE HAD COMPLETED.

UM, WE HAVE TWO OTHER, UM, OR ACTUALLY THREE OTHER DAY MODERNIZATION PROJECTS THAT ARE ACTIVE RIGHT NOW.

UM, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE YOU ADDRESS OTHERS AS WE, AS WE COMPLETE THESE, UM, AND HOW STAFF AVAILABILITY TO START WORKING ON OTHERS.

SO THERE IS A PRIORITY LIST IN PLACE THAT WE'RE ALWAYS LOOKING AT, AND JUST TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE ADDRESSING, UM, THE GREATEST NEEDS FIRST.

UM, BUT WE ARE NOT, I PERSONALLY NOT CONCERNED THAT ANY OF THEM ARE, UM, IN IMMINENT DANGER IN ANY WAY.

UM, THEY'RE JUST THEY'RE ASSETS THAT ARE AGING AND THEY NEED TO BE MAINTAINED AND IMPROVED TO THE, TO THE EXTENT THAT WE CAN TO HELP REDUCE FLOOD RISKS DOWNSTREAM.

IF, IF, UH, WE'RE, WE'RE HEADING INTO PROBABLY NOW IN THE, UH, THE WORST OF, UH, THE HURRICANE SEASON FOR TEXAS, UH, UH, FROM THE GOLD, UH, COMING IN FROM THE GULF THIS YEAR, UH, OUR, WHAT KIND OF CONDITION WOULD YOU SAY THAT WE'RE IN OVERALL, IF WE SHOULD GET SOME KIND OF, UH, UH, TORRENTIAL HURRICANE TYPE, YOU THINK WE'LL BE IN TROUBLE OR, OR HOW, HOW, HOW CONFIDENT DO YOU FEEL THAT WE ARE IN TERMS OF THE SAFETY OF THESE DAMS? I'D SAY, I MEAN, IT'S AN IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION TO ANSWER.

I KNOW THAT BECAUSE IF YOU SAY, OH, WE'RE FINE AND YOU'RE SURE TO BE PROVEN WRONG, AND, YOU KNOW, I UNDERSTAND THAT, BUT I'M JUST TRYING TO, UH, DO YOU FEEL, DO YOU FEEL THAT WE'RE AT, UM, SOME RISK, MODERATE RISK, HIGH RISK WHERE, I MEAN, YOU KNOW, WHERE, WHERE SHOULD, HOW URGENTLY SHOULD WE BE LOOKING AT ADDRESSING THESE ISSUES? WELL, I MEAN, I THINK, WELL, LIKE, LIKE ALL OF THE ASSETS THAT THE WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT MANAGES, UM, THERE'S A CONTINUING NEED FOR US TO, TO CONTINUE TO INVEST, UM, MONEY AND TIME AND EFFORT INTO MAINTAINING THEM AND IMPROVING THEM AS WE CAN.

WE KNOW WE LIVE IN FLUSH FOOT ALLEY.

WE KNOW THAT REALLY LARGE GRADE EVENTS CAN AND DO HAPPEN.

UM, WE'VE SEEN THE EFFECTS OF THAT FLOODING IN THE CITY.

WE'VE ALSO SEEN THINGS LIKE HURRICANE HARVEY HIT HOUSTON COAST AND KNOW THAT IF THAT AMOUNT OF RAINFALL FELL IN AUSTIN, IT WOULD OVERWHELM EVERY SINGLE DRAINAGE SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE.

UM, SO I THINK, YOU KNOW, IT'S, IT IS A TRICKY QUESTION, RIGHT? WE, WE, WE HAVE A FLOOD EARLY WARNING SYSTEM IF LIGHTNING, SO, YOU KNOW, FOR A REASON, UH, WE HAVE A LOT OF STAFF IN THE DEPARTMENT FOCUS ON THESE KINDS OF PROJECTS BECAUSE WE DO SEE A NEED FOR THEM.

UM, BUT I WOULD NOT SAY THAT THERE'S, UH, THAT WE'RE IN, THAT WE'RE SLEEPING WITH ONE EYE OPEN EVERY NIGHT.

UM, I THINK WE'RE, WE'RE, WE'RE, WE'RE, WE'RE WORKING THROUGH THEM AS, AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN.

UM, YEAH, I APPRECIATE YOU TRYING TO ANSWER.

AND I THINK THAT THAT'S DEFINITELY A, A LARGER ISSUE THAT WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT A LITTLE BIT MORE, AND I THINK MAYBE EVEN GET A LITTLE BIT OF A REFRESHER, MAYBE ON A FUTURE AGENDA ITEM ON JUST ATLAS 14

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AND SOME OF THE LARGER SYSTEM SCALE WORK THAT'S BEING DONE AROUND, AROUND FLOODING, UM, IN TERMS OF RISK AND CAUSE I DON'T WANT TO GET TOO FAR OUT OF THE PURVIEW OF THIS SPECIFIC POSTED ITEM, BUT IT'S DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT I APPRECIATE YOUR, YOUR ATTEMPT TO ANSWER IN CONTEXT FOR THIS PARTICULAR PROJECT.

YEAH.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND I, I, UM, I DON'T MEAN TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT.

I'M JUST TRYING TO GET SOME CONTEXT.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, ONE MORE COMMENT OR QUESTION COMMISSIONER GUERRERO.

UH, YES.

AND DO YOU WANT ME TO SPECIFICALLY SAY IN THESE QUESTIONS TO Y'ALL AHEAD OF TIME THAT ARE BEING ASKED REGARDING, UH, THE FUNCTIONAL, UM, WILDLIFE HABITAT AND IF, IF THERE'S, UH, DO Y'ALL DO ANY KIND OF STUDY ON THAT OR IS THAT SOMETHING HOW YOUR REALM THAT I NEED TO DO NOTES TO TAKE OFF THE TABLE AND THEN WHO IS GOING TO BE MAINTAINING THAT POND? IS IT GOING TO BE ALSO A DUAL MANAGEMENT OR NOT? AND I UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE A TREE SURVEY COMING FORWARD, IS THAT CORRECT? THAT'S CORRECT.

THERE IS A TREE SURVEY COMING IN THE, UM, DESIGN PHASE FOR THAT.

UM, AND I THINK QUESTIONS AHEAD OF TIME, IF YOU HAVE THEM AHEAD OF TIME, THEN IT GIVES US A CHANCE TO LIKE, MAKE SURE WE HAVE ENOUGH RESEARCH TO BACK UP, WHATEVER WE NEED.

UM, SO IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS BEFORE THAT BROWN TABLE DISCUSSION, WE'RE HAPPY TO LOOK AT THOSE AND KIND OF PREPARE SOME INFORMATION.

UM, I DON'T REMEMBER THE LAST PART OR THE OTHER PARTS OF THAT QUESTION, SORRY.

WHO'S ARE NOT DOING A DUAL MANAGEMENT WITH THAT POND FOR THE MAINTENANCE.

SO RIGHT NOW IT IS A ASSET OR AMENITY TO CART.

SO IT'S A PART MAINTENANCE ITEM.

IF IT IS CONVERTED TO A WET POND, UM, OR WATER QUALITY POND, THEN WATERSHED WOULD LOOK, WOULD TAKE OVER THE MAIN MANAGEMENT FROM LIKE THE WATER LEVEL DOWN AND PART WOULD HAVE AROUND IT IS THE PLAN RIGHT NOW.

SO IT'D BE DUAL IF IT'S CONVERTED, BASICALLY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

I'LL GET THOSE QUESTIONS TO GET MY HEAD AT TIME.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, I THINK WE, WE NEED TO MOVE ON TO OUR NEXT ITEM, BUT THANK YOU AGAIN FOR COMING AND PRESENT.

AND, UH, HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE IN TOUCH SOON HEARING ABOUT PROGRESS ON THIS PROJECT.

AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY TO OTHER COMMISSIONERS THAT YOU KNOW, FOR NEW COMMISSIONERS, UH, WE WANT YOU TO ASK ALL THE QUESTIONS.

WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE KEEPING IT WITHIN THE BOUNDS.

SO DON'T BE SHY ABOUT CONTINUING TO ASK, ASK AWAY.

UM, BUT IT'S PART OF MY JOB AND, AND MADAM CHAIR'S JOB TO, TO PULL THINGS BACK.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, THANKS AGAIN.

AND LET'S

[3b. Update on Watershed Protection Department Equity Initiative—Nikki Fowler, Kelly Gagnon, Victor Nelms, Jorge Morales, Janna Renfro, and Ramesh Swaminathan, Watershed Protection Department (30 minutes)]

MOVE ON TO ITEM THREE B UPDATE ON WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT AND EQUITY INITIATIVE, NICKY FELLER KELLY.

GAGEN VICTOR NELMS, JORGE MIRALIS GENTLEMEN FRO, AND REMESH SWIM ON SWUM.

OH GOSH.

I'M SO SORRY.

RAMESH SWAMINATHAN, UH, WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

HMM.

THIS IS KAYLA CHAMBERLAIN.

IT MAY JUST TAKE US A MOMENT WHILE WE GET EVERYONE LOADED ON THE SCREEN AND WE GET THE PRESENTATION UP.

NO WORRIES.

THANKS.

OKAY.

WELL, GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

DOES THIS CALL HIM? WHAT IS THAT? DIRECTOR WILL START AS SOON AS THE PRESENTATION COMES UP, BUT, UH, IT'S GREAT TO BE IN THIS NEW HYBRID MODE.

UM, I LIKE THE FLEXIBILITY THAT WE'RE EXERCISING HERE, SO THANK YOU FOR THAT AS WELL AS WE'RE ALL ADJUSTING TO THIS NEW FORMAT.

ALL RIGHT.

ARE WE READY TO START? IT LOOKS LIKE THE PRESENTATION IS ON.

CAN EVERYBODY TURN ON THEIR CAMERAS? THAT'S HELPING COPE PRESENTERS.

I THINK WE HAVE EVERYBODY.

OKAY.

IS THERE ANY WAY FOR THE FOLKS AT CITY HALL TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE PRESENTATION AND THE PEOPLE WHO WERE PRESENTING? NO.

OKAY.

WE'LL ONLY BE ABLE TO SEE THE PRESENTATION HIGH, BUT THAT'S THAT'S OKAY.

OH, NO PROBLEM.

THAT'S THE MAIN PART, RIGHT? SO, UH, WE CAN ADD, TURN OFF THE PRESENTATION AT THE END AND EVERYBODY TURNED THE CAMERA ON AS WELL, BUT, UH, UH, LET ME TURN ON MY, MY SIDE, MY HOOKS TOO, SO I CAN ACTUALLY SEE IT.

SO I'LL GET THIS STARTED.

SO LIKE I SAID, MY NAME IS PAUL MORALES.

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT AND I'M HERE TO CO PRESENT WITH THE EQUITY COORDINATION TEAM OF THE DEPARTMENT.

SO I'M GOING TO START BY LETTING THEM INTRODUCE THEMSELVES FIRST.

SO EACH ONE OF YOU CAN START NIKKI.

WELL, MY NAME IS SNEAKY FOWLER.

I'M THE HR MANAGER FOR WATERSHED PROTECTION.

I I'M KELLY GAGNIN, UH, AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM COORDINATOR IN THE PLANNING DIVISION OF WATERSHED.

HELLO EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS VICTOR NAMS AND I AM SUPERVISOR FOR POND MAINTENANCE FOR FIELD OPERATIONS DIVISION FOR WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS JANA RENFRO.

I'M AN ENGINEER WITH FIELD ENGINEERING SERVICES, AND I BELIEVE WE'RE A MESS FROM NOT THEN I WAS

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KICKED OUT, BUT AS SOON AS HE COMES BACK, UH, HE'LL HELP WITH A PRESENTATION AS WELL.

REMISSIONS THE, MANAGING THE ENGINEER OVER THE PROJECT, UH, DESIGN AND DELIVERY, UH, TEAMS IN OUR DEPARTMENT.

SO, UH, WANTED THEM TO INTRODUCE THEMSELVES BECAUSE, UH, ONE OF THE, THEIR REPRESENTATION OF THE BROADER DEPARTMENT INITIATIVE, UM, WHICH HAS MANY STAFF THAT PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCESS PROCESS, THIS IS AN EMPLOYEE LED EFFORT THAT STARTED IN 2018 TODAY'S PRESENTATION.

WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON GIVING YOU AN OVERVIEW OF WATERSHED, UH, WHAT WATERSHED HAS DONE WITH THIS EQUITY INITIATIVE.

WE'LL ALSO TALK ABOUT A LITTLE BIT OF BUDGET AND BEYOND WHERE WE'RE GOING WAS THIS EFFORT WILL CONTINUE TO OUR EQUITY WORK.

AS A DEPARTMENT.

WE ARE ACTUALLY ADDING A NEW POSITION THAT WILL BE FOCUSED ON EQUITY INCLUSION PROGRAMMING.

AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

THIS PARTICULAR COORDINATION TEAM HAS BEEN DOING A LOT OF THE WORK.

IN ADDITION TO THE REGULAR DUTIES AT THE DEPARTMENT.

WE'LL ALSO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE UPDATE TO OUR STRATEGIC PLAN, WHICH IS GOING TO HAVE A BIG EMPHASIS ON COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

AND I BELIEVE I'VE SHARED THAT IN THE PAST WITH YOU ALL.

SO THERE'S A LOT WE COULD COVER, BUT WE ARE ONLY PROVIDING AN OVERVIEW TONIGHT AND WE CAN RETURN WITH OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS ON EQUITY, IF YOU WISH FOR US, OR WE CAN PROVIDE MEMO UPDATES AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

SO CAN WE GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE? SO I WANT TO START WITH, UH, DEFINED DEFINITIONS, UH, AS IT RELATES TO EQUITY.

SO THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS THE EQUITY OFFICE AND THE WORK WE DO IS UNDER THEIR GUIDANCE AND THEIR SUPPORT, AND THEY DEFINE EQUITY WITH LEADING WAS RAISED.

AND LET ME JUST READ A LITTLE BIT FROM OUR, UM, EQUITY CHARTER AT THE DEPARTMENT, JUST TO HELP YOU GET THAT IN CONTEXT IN THE DEFINITION THAT WE USE IT AT THE CITY OF BOSTON.

SO EQUITY IS THE CONCEPT OF FAIRNESS, FOCUS ON EQUAL OUTCOMES FOR ALL IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

A PERSON'S RACE IS THE PRIMARY PREDICTOR OF THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE.

THE CITY OF AUSTIN EQUITY INITIATIVE, THEREFORE SPECIFICALLY AIMS TO ADVANCE AND ACHIEVE RACIAL EQUITY ACROSS ALL QUALITY OF LIFE INDICATORS.

THE EQUITY INITIATIVE INCORPORATES OTHER IDENTITIES SUCH AS INCOME, GENDER, AGE ABILITY, AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION, OR THAT THE INITIATIVE LEADS WITH RACE BECAUSE RACE CONTINUES TO BE THE STRONGEST PREDICTOR OF OUTCOMES IN OUR COMMUNITY.

SO HOW DOES EQUITY IN WATERSHED OPERATIONALIZE? SO IN WATERSHED, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE FOCUS ON THE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL, EXTERNAL, UH, HOW CAN QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES RELATED OUR DEPARTMENT, MISSION, SUCH AS FLOODING, EROSION, WATER POLLUTION, AND THE WORK ENVIRONMENT PREDICTED BY YOUR RACE.

FOR EXAMPLE, ARE YOU MORE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE FLOODING EROSION OR WATER POLLUTION BASED ON YOUR RACE, DO ALL RACES AND GENDERS EXPERIENCE THE SAME QUALITY OF LIFE AND HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES WORKING IN OUR DEPARTMENT, OUR DEPARTMENT HAS A LONG HISTORY OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND EMBEDDING EQUITY IN EVERYTHING WE DO IS WHAT WE STRIVE TO DO.

AN EXAMPLE IS THE IMAGE THAT YOU SEE IN THIS SLIDE IS FROM THE TENT FARM.

ORGANIZING FOR JUSTICE WAS A THEME THAT WE PRESENTED WITH A STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT, THE 20, 20 ANNUAL REPORT.

AND THIS CAME FROM THE EAST AUSTIN ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES WITHIN SOME OF OUR FOLKS IN OUR DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR MANY, MANY YEARS.

SO IS THAT I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO THE TEAM AND I'LL START WITH JENNA.

SO AS A TEAM, WE FOUND A PARTICULAR APPROACH TO BE, OH, I'M SORRY.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

WE FOUND A PARTICULAR APPROACH TO BE HELPFUL.

AS WE WORKED ON EQUITY, IT WAS PRESENTED TO US BY THE EQUITY OFFICE AS A FRAMEWORK TO USE.

UM, IT COMES FROM A TOOLKIT DEVELOPED BY THE GOVERNMENT ALLIANCE FOR RACE AND EQUITY.

UM, ALSO I THINK A LOT OF TIMES REFERRED TO AS GEAR.

UM, SO YOU ALL MAY BE FAMILIAR WITH THIS FRAMEWORK, BUT I'LL JUST TAKE A QUICK MINUTE TO REVIEW IT HERE.

UM, THE, THE APPROACH WE USE IS NORMALIZED, ORGANIZED OPERATIONALIZED, BUT NORMALIZE, NORMALIZES, JUST DEVELOPING A COMMON UNDERSTANDING OF RACE AND EQUITY, USING A PERSPECTIVE OF SYSTEMS AND HISTORY WE FOUND THIS IS EASIER SAID THAN DONE.

UM, OBVIOUSLY, UM, BECAUSE A LOT OF US COME TO THIS WORK RIGHTFULLY CRITIQUED CONFUSED.

AND SO GETTING, UM, UH, A COMMON ANALYSIS IS REALLY KEY TO HAVING THOSE PRODUCTIVE CONVERSATIONS ORGANIZED MEANS WE'RE USING OUR RELATIONSHIPS IN THE ORGANIZATION AND IN COMMUNITY TO BUILD A NETWORK OF GATEKEEPERS OF DECISION-MAKERS OF POWER HOLDERS THAT ARE ALL WORKING WITH THAT COMMON ANALYSIS OF RACE AND EQUITY OPERATIONALIZES, THIS STUFF THAT THEN BUILDS OFF OF THAT COMMON ANALYSIS AND THE NETWORK WE BUILT TO ACTUALLY USE EQUITY TOOLS AND STRATEGIES THAT CREATE RESULTS.

THE THING IS, IS WE ALL WANT TO BE IN OPERATIONALIZED, RIGHT? UM, WE LIVE IN A WORLD OF PERFORMANCE MEASURES.

SO IF WE CAN'T SHOW WHAT WE DID, DID WE DO ANYTHING AT ALL, BUT NORMALIZE AND ORGANIZED IS REALLY CRITICAL WORK.

UM, AS WE'VE LEARNED AND IT'S, IT IS ALSO HARD TO QUANTIFY.

IT'S OFTEN INVISIBLE UNTIL YOU GET TO THE OPERATIONALIZED STEP AND YOU FIND OUT THAT YOU'VE BEEN SUCCESSFUL OR NOT BASED ON WHETHER OR NOT YOU'VE REALLY DONE NORMALIZE

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AND ORGANIZED.

SO WE CHOSE THIS STRATEGIC APPROACH AS A FORMAT FOR THIS PRESENTATION, BECAUSE IT FEELS IMPORTANT TO SHOW THAT PROCESS AT WORK FOR US.

UM, AND BECAUSE OFTENTIMES WHEN WE FIND OURSELVES STUCK OR LOST OR UNSUCCESSFUL IN AN EFFORT IN EQUITY, WE CAN LOOK BACK TO THIS FRAMEWORK AND REALLY REALIZE THAT EITHER WE DIDN'T DO A STEP FULLY, OR WE SKIPPED A STEP ENTIRELY, OR WE NEED TO JUST REALLY CYCLE BACK THROUGH THE PROCESS BECAUSE IT IS STEP, BUT IT'S MEANT TO BE A CONTINUAL CYCLE THAT BUILDS OFF OF EACH OTHER.

SO HOW HAVE WE NORMALIZED WORK IN WATER EQUITY WORK IN WATERSHED? OUR WORK OF NORMALIZED HAS FOCUSED ON USING UNDOING RACISM FROM THE PEOPLE'S INSTITUTE FOR SURVIVAL AND BEYOND THE PEOPLE'S INSTITUTE USES SEVERAL FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES.

AND THE ONES THAT HAVE SHOWN UP MOST PREDOMINANTLY IN OUR WORK AND WATERSHED ARE ANALYZING POWER, UNDERSTANDING GATEKEEPING LEARNING FROM OUR HISTORY, ESPECIALLY OUR ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY.

LIKE JORGE MENTIONED THAT TANK FARMS, IDENTIFYING MANIFESTATIONS OF RACISM AND NETWORKING THE PROCESS BY WHICH WE NORMALIZE AND APPLY.

THESE CONCEPTS IS THROUGH THE CITY'S EQUITY ASSESSMENT TOOL, WHICH THE DEPARTMENT COMPLETED IN 2018 FROM THE EQUITY ASSESSMENT TOOL AND USING THESE PRINCIPLES, UM, TO APPLY THEM TO OUR ORGANIZATION.

WE FOUND FOUR AREAS, OH, I'M SORRY.

THANK YOU FOR MOVING THE SLIDE.

WE FOUND FOUR AREAS WHERE WE WANT TO FOCUS OUR WORK DATA PRIORITIZATION, ENGAGEMENT, AND INTERNAL EQUITY.

WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE FIRST FEW LATER IN THE PRESENTATION, BUT THE ONE THAT WAS CONTINUALLY HIGHLIGHTED AS A DRIVING NEED FOR OUR DEPARTMENT WAS INTERNAL EQUITY.

SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO US? AS HORNY MENTIONED, WHEN WE WORK ON EQUITY, WE LEAD WITH RACE.

SO PART OF THE EQUITY ASSESSMENT WAS BREAKING DOWN THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF OUR DEPARTMENT.

SO THERE ARE FOUR BAR BAR CHARTS CHARTS ON THIS SLIDE.

THE TOP BAR CHART SHOWS THE OVERALL RACIAL DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THE SECOND BAR CHART SHOWS THE DEMOGRAPHICS AS A WHOLE.

I'M SORRY.

THANK YOU.

FIRST TIMER.

UM, SO OVERALL COMPARING THE FIRST AND SECOND BAR CHART, WE, UM, ALMOST PERFECTLY NEAR OUR COMMUNITY DEMOGRAPHICS.

HOWEVER, WHEN WE CHOOSE TO GO A LITTLE FURTHER, WE LOOK AT THE BOTTOM TWO BARS, WHICH SHOWS THE THIRD BAR, WHICH ARE THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF OUR FIELD OPERATIONS DIVISION.

AND THEN THE FOURTH BAR, WHICH IS THE REST OF OUR DIVISIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT.

SO THIS SHOWS US THAT OUR OFFICE STAFF IS DISPROPORTIONATELY WHITE.

THAT'S THE BLUE ON THE FOURTH BAR COMPARED TO COMMUNITY AND OUR DEPARTMENT AND OUR OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE STAFF IS PREDOMINANTLY PEOPLE OF COLOR.

SO THAT'S THE YELLOW COMPARED TO THE BLUE ON THE THIRD BAR.

SO EQUITY ASKS US TO LOOK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW THE DISTRIBUTION OF POWER AND RESOURCES MIGHT BE DIFFERENT.

SO MANY HANDED OFF TO VICTOR, TO D TO DISCUSS INTERNAL EQUITY AND ORGANIZING IN THE FIELD OPERATIONS DIVISION.

THANK YOU, JENNA, IF I WANT TO SHARE MY EXPERIENCE AS A, UH, WORKER IN FIELD OPERATIONS DIVISION FOR WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPLOYMENT.

SO I WAS HIRED ON AT THE TEMPORARY EMPLOYEE IN 2011, AND PRIOR TO THAT, TWO YEARS PRIOR TO THAT, I HAD GONE THROUGH SOME ADVERSITIES.

AND WHEN I GOT HIRED ON WITH THE CITY, I WAS GOING TO REPORT TO A LOCATION ON BEN WHITE BOULEVARD.

AND AT THIS LOCATION THOUGH, THE, AN OLD BUILDING THAT WAS ABOUT THE SIZE OF A LITTLE SMALLER THAN A DOUBLE WIDE TRAILER.

AND IN THIS BUILDING, WE CONSIST OF FIVE CREWS AND WE HAD SIX TO SEVEN CREW MEMBERS PER CREWS AND OUR SUPERVISORS FOR THE CREWS.

AND I THINK THAT AMOUNTED TO ABOUT ANYWHERE FROM 35 TO 40 PEOPLE IN THAT TRAILER AND THAT BUILDING AND THAT IN THAT BUILDING, I RECALLED THERE WAS ONLY ONE RESTROOM FOR ALL OF US THAT RESIDED THERE, THERE WAS ONE RESTROOM.

AND THEN THAT ONE RESTROOM, THERE WAS ONE TOILET AND ONE WASH BASIN BASIN FOR WASHING UP.

AND I CAN RECALL THERE WAS ONE COMPUTER, ALL OF US CREW MEMBERS TO USE.

AND WE HAD BOB MONTHLY GOING, WE HAD TRAINING ONCE A MONTH, THEY CALL THIS TRAINING DIVERSITY AND WE WOULD MEET UP.

AND IN THIS TRAINING, WE WOULD WATCH MOVIES, WATCH MOVIES, EAT PIZZA, AND DRINK SODA.

AND THE MOVIES THAT WE WATCH, THEY WERE MOVIES THAT DEPICTED PEOPLE OF COLOR WHO HAD OVERCAME ADVERSITIES DUE TO RACISM.

AND AT THE END OF THOSE MOVIES, WE WOULD HAVE DISCUSSIONS AND Q AND A QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.

AND I RECALL DISTINCTLY ONE OF THE CREW MEMBERS ASKED

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THE QUESTION, ARE WE EVER GOING TO HAVE A BLACK SUPERVISOR? I WOULDN'T PAY TOO MUCH ATTENTION TO THE STRUCTURE AT THAT TIME, I WAS NEW AND I WAS JUST EXCITED AND THRILLED AND ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT HAVING A NEW JOB.

BUT ONE DAY MY SUPERVISOR HAD ME ACCOMPANY HIM TO THIS PLACE TO GO PICK UP SOME SUPPLIES.

AND UPON ENTERING THIS PLACE, I NOTICED AS WE WAS DRIVING UP, IT WAS A BIG OLD BRICK BUILDING, 13 STORIES.

IF I RECALL CORRECTLY, AND WE ENTERED THIS WITH GLASS, GLASS, WINDOWS EVERYWHERE.

AND WHEN WE ENTERED THIS BUILDING, I WENT TO THE RESTROOM.

I NOTICED HOW CLEAN AND PRISTINE IT WAS.

AND I ALSO NOTICED THAT THERE WAS MULTIPLE TOILETRIES AND URINALS IN THE RESTROOMS, AND THERE WAS MULTIPLE WASH BASINS TO CLEAN UP IN.

AND WHAT I DID NOTICE ALSO WAS THAT THERE WAS TWO RESTROOMS, ONE FOR MEN AND ONE FOR WOMEN.

AND THERE WERE THE RESTROOM ON EVERY FLOOR AND WE PROCEEDED TO WALK THROUGH ANOTHER DOOR AND WE WILL WALK THROUGH THAT DOOR.

I NOTICED THAT THERE WAS THESE CUBICLES AND IN THESE CUBICLES, THERE WAS INDIVIDUALS SITTING DOWN IN THESE CUBICLES THAT HAD THEIR OWN SPACE.

AND EVERY EMPLOYEE IN THERE HAD THEIR OWN COMPUTER.

WHEN WE LEFT THAT PLACE, I ASKED MY SUPERVISOR, WHAT IS THIS PLACE? AND HE STATED TO ME THAT THAT WAS THE ONE TEXAS SENATE AND WHO IS THESE PEOPLE? AND HE STATED TO ME THAT THESE WERE HE PROTECTION EMPLOYEES.

THESE WERE YOUR COWORKERS.

AND AT THAT TIME, MY PERCEPTION CHANGED.

I REALIZED THAT THE DIVERSITY, THE MEETINGS THAT I WAS ATTENDING BEFORE, WASN'T VERY DIVERSE, VERY DIVERSE AT ALL, BECAUSE WE HAD PULLED DIVISIONS AT THIS ONE, TEXAS SENATOR, WHO WAS PREDOMINANTLY WHITE.

WHILE WE ATTENDED THIS DIVERSE MEETING OVER HERE AT FIELD OPERATIONS DIVISION, WHERE OUR EMPLOYEE WAS PREDOMINANTLY BLACK OR PEOPLE OF COLOR, SHOULD I SAY, I FELT MARGINALIZED.

I FELT LESS THAN, AND I ACTUALLY FELT SEGREGATED.

WE STAYED IN THAT BUILDING FOR, FOR SOME YEARS, AND WE EVENTUALLY WERE ABLE TO MOVE OUT OF THAT BUILDING, BUT NOT UNTIL THE BUILDING WAS INFESTED WITH ASBESTOSIS.

THAT WAS OUR ONLY REASON FOR BEING ABLE TO LEAVE THAT BUILDING.

THE SHAME ON US WAS THAT WE HAD MANAGEMENT AND THE EXECUTIVE TEAM INTO THAT BUILDING TO ADDRESS AS MANY A TIMES.

AND NOBODY NEVER DID ANYTHING TO CHANGE THE CONDITIONS OF THAT BUILD