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SIX, 10 AND WE HAVE QUORUM.

SO

[CALL TO ORDER]

I'M CALLING THE MEETING TO ORDER.

MAYBE.

DO WE HAVE ANYBODY SIGNED UP TO SPEAK?

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

YES, WE DO.

WE HAVE CARLOS SOTO FROM A COMMUNITY ADVANCEMENT NETWORK.

WELCOME.

CARLOS, YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

GOOD.

GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYBODY.

AND THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT COMMUNITY ADVANCEMENT NETWORK, UM, COMMUNITY EVENTS AND NETWORK, WHERE KEN IS A PARTNERSHIP OF GOVERNMENT, NONPROFIT, PRIVATE AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, WHICH LEVERAGE MUTUAL RESOURCES TO COLLECTIVELY IMPROVE SOCIAL HEALTH, EDUCATIONAL, AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES IN OUR COMMUNITY.

OUR PARTNERS INCLUDE A VARIETY OF ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING, UM, THE CITY OF AUSTIN, CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE AND TRAVIS COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES, UH, SCHOOL DISTRICTS, UH, SEVERAL OF THE DIFFERENT CHAMBERS, UH, THAT SERVE OUR COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, COLLABORATIVE PHILANTHROPIC PARTNERS IN SHORT, WE'VE GOT SOMETHING OR AN ORGANIZATION REPRESENTING ALMOST EVERY CORNER OF CIVIC INFRASTRUCTURE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND TOGETHER WE'VE BEEN PROMOTING AND SUPPORTING THE POWER OF COLLABORATION FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS.

UM, WE TRY TO IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES TO COORDINATE AND ALIGN SERVICES AMONG OUR PARTNERS AND THEIR COMMUNITY SERVICE PROVIDERS.

UM, WE KNOW THAT THESE CHALLENGES REQUIRE A GROUP EFFORT.

SO WE SUPPORT EFFORTS TO ADDRESS COMMUNITY CHALLENGES THROUGH COLLECTIVE ACTION.

AND, UM, WE KNOW THAT WE NEED INFRASTRUCTURE.

SO WE CREATE CIVIC INFRASTRUCTURE FOR CIVIC DIALOGUE AND CIVIC ACTION.

AND WE ALSO STRIVE TO ENSURE THAT THE RIGHT STAKEHOLDERS ARE PART OF ASSESSING AND ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGES OUR COMMUNITY FACES.

UM, WE ALSO WORK TOGETHER TO INCREASE UNDERSTANDING OF EMERGING ISSUES AND TRENDS, AND WE IDENTIFY PROACTIVE STRATEGIES THAT MAY BE PURSUED.

UM, AND HOW DO WE DO THIS? WELL, WE DEVELOP TOOLS TO INFORM, WE CREATE OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE AND WE TRY TO FOSTER THE CREATION OR MAKE STRATEGIC CONNECTIONS.

AND SO SOME OF THE TOOLS THAT WE'VE CREATED TO INFORM INCLUDE THE CAN DASHBOARD, WHICH INCLUDES, UH, WE'VE BEEN PUBLISHING IT FOR 12 YEARS AND INCLUDES 18 INDICATORS AND A VARIETY OF ISSUE AREAS.

UM, BUT MOST RELEVANT FOR THIS GROUP ARE PERCENT OF DRIVERS OR PEOPLE WHO DRIVE ALONE TO WORK.

AND THAT WITH WHEN THAT INDICATOR, WE ALSO TRACK, UM, WORKING FROM HOME, PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND OTHER, UH, WAYS TO GET TO WORK.

UM, WE'VE ALSO, UH, CREATED, UH, THE, UH, WEEKEND ATX WEB PORTAL TO SHARE INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC DURING TIMES OF CRISIS.

IT STARTED WITH THE COVID PANDEMIC AND MULTIPLE LANGUAGES.

SO PEOPLE HAVE A PLACE TO GO TO, TO LEARN WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE AND HOW THEY CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE EFFORT.

AND, UM, ONE OF OUR BIGGEST EFFORTS THIS YEAR IS LANGUAGE ACCESS AND MENTAL HEALTH.

UM, BUT WE'D LOVE TO TALK MORE IF YOU'D LIKE TO HAVE A MORE IN DEPTH PRESENTATION FROM US, PLEASE.

UH, SEND ME AN EMAIL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, NEXT

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

ON OUR AGENDA IS APPROVAL OF OUR MINUTES FROM OUR MAY 25TH MEETING.

IS EVERYBODY TAKING A LOOK AT THOSE? THANK YOU FOR THOSE PHOEBE MOVE FOR APPROVAL APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

SECOND.

ALRIGHT, GOOD EMOTION.

GOT A SECOND.

DOES ANYBODY SEE ANYTHING THAT NEEDS TO BE ADJUSTED? NO.

OKAY.

UM, JUST AS A REMINDER, UM, FOR, FOR VOTING, UH, YOU DO NEED TO HAVE YOUR CAMERA ON, SO, UH, EVERYBODY IN FAVOR, IF YOU CAN RAISE YOUR HAND.

OKAY.

AND I, I'M NOT SURE IF, IF IS THERE ANYBODY WHO IS OPPOSED OR ABSTAINING.

OKAY, GREAT MINUTES ARE APPROVED.

THANK YOU ALL.

ALL RIGHT.

SO

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NEXT UP WE HAVE, UH, NICK

[2. a) Rain to River Presentation – Nick Kincaid, Watershed Protection Department (Discussion and/or possible action)]

KINCADE WITH WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, UH, PRESENTING ON THE RANGE OF RIVER PLAN.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT, ANDREW.

GOOD EVENING.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

MY NAME IS ANDREA BATES AND I'M THE ACTING PLANNING DIVISION MANAGER FOR THE WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

I'M HERE TODAY TO PROVIDE A BRIEFING ON WHAT WE'RE CALLING RAIN TO RIVER, A STRATEGIC PLAN TO PROTECT AUSTIN'S CREEKS AND COMMUNITIES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

FIRST, I WANT TO GIVE YOU A BIT MORE BACKGROUND ABOUT WHAT THE WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT DOES.

OUR DEPARTMENT'S MISSION IS TO PROTECT LIVES, PROPERTY AND THE ENVIRONMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY BY REDUCING THE IMPACT OF FLOODING EROSION AND WATER POLLUTION.

SO OUR WORK HELPS KEEP AUSTIN CREEKS AND LAKES HEALTHY AND CLEAN PREVENTS CREEK BANKS FROM ERODING AND STRIVES TO KEEP PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES, SAFE FROM FLOODING.

WE ACHIEVED THIS WORK THROUGH A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES.

FOR EXAMPLE, WE PERFORM MODELING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT BUILDINGS AND ROADS ARE AT RISK OF FLOODING.

WE CONDUCT ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND RESTORATION TESTING, WATER QUALITY, PLANTING TREES, ALONG CREEKS.

WE OFFER EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS.

WE INSPECT AND MAINTAIN THE CITY'S DRAINAGE INFRASTRUCTURE AND DO THINGS LIKE CLEANING INLETS AND STORM DRAINS.

WE BUILD CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, THINGS LIKE SHORING UP ERODING CREEK BANKS OR INSTALLING RAIN GARDENS OR NEWER UPSIZE STORM DRAIN SYSTEMS. WE CARRY OUT FLOODPLAIN BUYOUTS TO HELP PEOPLE MOVE AWAY FROM FLOOD PRONE AREAS.

AND WE WRITE REGULATIONS THAT HELP PREVENT POLLUTION, EXCESSIVE STORMWATER, RUNOFF, AND DEVELOPMENT FROM OCCURRING IN UNSAFE AREAS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO OUR DEPARTMENT'S STRATEGIC PLAN IS WHAT GUIDES ALL OF THE WORK THAT WE DO.

SO A QUICK NOTE ABOUT THE NAME OF THE PLAN WE USED TO CALL THIS PLAN, THE WATERSHED PROTECTION MASTER PLAN, BUT LIKE MANY OTHER CITY DEPARTMENTS WE'RE MOVING AWAY FROM USING THE TERM MASTER PLAN BECAUSE OF THE NEGATIVE ASSOCIATIONS OUR COMMUNITY HAS WITH THE CITY'S RACIST AND HARMFUL 1928 MASTER PLAN.

SO OUR STRATEGIC PLAN DOES SEVERAL THINGS.

FIRST.

IT ACTS AS THE GUIDING BLUEPRINT FOR OUR DEPARTMENT, IT SETS GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR OUR WORK.

IT ESTABLISHES HOW WE PRIORITIZE PROBLEMS AND IT HELPS US EVALUATE POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS.

SECOND, IT PROVIDES A FRAMEWORK FOR EVALUATING FUTURE PROGRAMS, PROJECTS, AND REGULATIONS, AS WELL AS MEASURING OUR SUCCESS TOWARDS ACHIEVING OUR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES.

AND THIRD, IT STARTS AS A COMMUNICATION TOOL TO HELP EXPLAIN OUR WORK AND PRIORITIES TO WATERSHED STAFF, ALL THEIR DEPARTMENTS, BOARDS, AND COMMISSIONS CITY COUNCIL, AND THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO WHY ARE WE UPDATING THE PLAN? THE STRATEGIC PLAN THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE WAS ORIGINALLY ADOPTED IN 2001 AT THE TIME THE PLAN WAS TRANSFORMATIONAL FOR THE DEPARTMENT.

IT SET GOALS AND OBJECTIVES GENERATED A HUGE AMOUNT OF NEW DATA DEVELOPED METHODOLOGIES TO IDENTIFY AND PRIORITIZE PROBLEMS CREATED A VERY EXTENSIVE INVENTORY OF POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS TO THOSE PROBLEMS, AND THEN MADE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HOW WATERSHED COULD BETTER DO OUR WORK.

HOWEVER, THAT ORIGINAL PLAN IS NOW MORE THAN 20 YEARS OLD.

AND WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE ALSO A LOT OF SHORTCOMINGS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED FOR STARTERS, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

THE PUBLIC INPUT PROCESS BACK IN 2001 WAS PRETTY STANDARD FOR THE TIME.

THERE WAS A CITIZENS ADVISORY GROUP, A PHONE SURVEY, SOME PUBLIC MEETINGS OVER DATA WASN'T TRACKED.

SO WE CAN'T SAY FOR SURE, WHO IS REPRESENTED, BUT ANECDOTALLY WE KNOW THAT IT WAS NOT A GROUP THAT REFLECTED THE DIVERSITY OF OUR CITY.

SO FOR THIS UPDATE, WE WILL DEDICATE EXTRA TIME AND RESOURCES TOWARDS ENGAGING GROUPS WHOSE VOICES WERE EXCLUDED FROM PAST PLANNING PROCESSES.

SO IN DOING SO, WE HOPE TO GATHER INPUT FROM THE FULL DIVERSITY OF AUSTIN'S RESIDENTS, WHICH WILL HELP US ARRIVE AT A STRONGER PLAN THAT REFLECTS THE VALUES AND PRIORITIES OF ALL AUSTINITES.

OVER THE YEARS, WE'VE MADE RELATIVELY MINOR REVISIONS TO OUR CURRENT STRATEGIC PLAN ON AN AS NEEDED BASIS.

THESE UPDATES HAVE PRIMARILY FOCUSED ON INCORPORATING REVISED TECHNICAL DATA AND UPDATING THE PRIORITIZATION METHODOLOGIES, BUT THERE WAS NEVER A COMPREHENSIVE NEW PUBLIC INPUT PROCESS OR ANY UPDATES TO THE FUNDAMENTAL GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PLAN.

AND THAT IS PROBLEMATIC BECAUSE AUSTIN HAS CHANGED A LOT IN 20 YEARS.

THE CURRENT PLAN DOESN'T CONFRONT MAJOR CHALLENGES, THINGS LIKE CLIMATE CHANGE, RACIAL INEQUITY, AND RAPID POPULATION GROWTH.

AND IT ALSO

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DOESN'T SUFFICIENTLY CAPTURE THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE THAT OUR STAFF HAVE GAINED OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES.

AND IT DOESN'T REFLECT THE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF C PLANS THAT HAVE BEEN ADOPTED SINCE LIKE IMAGINE AUSTIN WATER FORWARD AND THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN.

SO GOING FORWARD, WE KNOW WE CAN'T WAIT ANOTHER 20 YEARS FOR A COMPREHENSIVE UPDATE OF OUR STRATEGIC PLAN.

SO THIS NEW PLAN WILL ESTABLISH A 10 YEAR CYCLE TO SHOW HOW WE ARE MAKING STEADY PROGRESS ON OUR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES.

AND THEN WE'LL ALSO DEFINE AN APPROACH FOR ONGOING UPDATES AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

NEXT SLIDE, WE HAVE THREE PRIMARY GOALS FOR THIS UPDATE.

FIRST THAT THE NEW PLAN WILL REFLECT COMMUNITY VALUES, BUT GOALS, PRIORITIES, KNOWLEDGE, AND EXPERIENCE OF THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE SECOND, THAT THE PLAN WILL INCORPORATE EQUITY AND CLIMATE RESILIENCE.

AND THIRD, WE WANT THE RESULTING PLAN TO BE ACCESSIBLE AND INFORMATIVE TO A BROAD AUDIENCE.

THE CURRENT PLAN IS 400 PAGES LONG AND VERY TECHNICAL.

AND WE HOPE TO CREATE A DOCUMENT THAT CAN BOTH SERVE AS A BLUEPRINT FOR DEPARTMENT OPERATIONS AND BE UNDERSTANDABLE AND INFORMATIVE FOR THE BROADER COMMUNITY BECAUSE THE STRATEGIC PLAN DRIVES OUR DECISION-MAKING AS A DEPARTMENT.

OUR GOAL FOR THE PLANNING PROCESS IS TO CREATE DEPARTMENT WIDE AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT OR THE NEW PLAN'S CONTENTS TO DO THAT.

WE WANT ALL OF OUR STAKEHOLDERS TO BE COMPETENT IN THE PROCESS AND THE OUTCOMES, EVEN IF ALL OF THEIR IDEAS CAN'T BE INCORPORATED.

SO WE AS A DEPARTMENT, WANT TO APPROACH THIS PROCESS WITH A LEARNING MINDSET, MEANING THAT WE WANT TO BE OPEN TO CHANGING OUR PRIORITIES AND OPERATIONS BASED ON THE VALUES AND PRIORITIES OF THE COMMUNITY, EVEN IF THAT RESULTS IN CHANGES TO VERY LONG-STANDING PRACTICE.

BUT THAT IS NOT TO SAY THAT ALL COMMUNITY RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO THE PLAN.

WE EXPECT SOME DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS ABOUT TRADE-OFFS AND CONSTRAINTS.

SO WE'RE HOPING TO STRIVE FOR CONSENSUS, BUT WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO MAKE DECISIONS AND RESOLVE CONFLICTS WHEN THAT CONSENSUS CAN'T BE ACHIEVED.

SO IF THERE ARE CONFLICTS THAT CAN'T BE RESOLVED OR QUESTIONS THAT CAN'T BE ANSWERED WITHIN THE PROCESS, TIMELINE, THE PLAN SHOULD IDENTIFY AND COMMIT TO NEXT STEPS FOR THEIR RESOLUTION.

AND THEN FINALLY, WE WANT TO BE TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE AS WE MAKE DECISIONS.

IF WE UNDERTAKE EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, WHICH IS OUR INTENT, WE NEED TO DEMONSTRATE HOW THAT FEEDBACK IS BEING USED.

THIS MEANS CREATING A CLEAR CONNECTION BETWEEN THE ENGAGEMENT AND THE PLAN CONTENT TO SHOW HOW THE INPUT WE'RE ASKING FOR WILL INFORM OUR DECISION-MAKING PROCESS IN THE FUTURE.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO HERE'S A QUICK RUNDOWN OF WHAT WILL BE IN THE NEW REIGN TO RIVER PLAN AND ABOUT A PREVIEW OF A POTENTIAL TABLE OF CONTENTS.

SO WE'LL START WITH THE VISION AND VALUES OF THE COMMUNITY.

THIS WILL INFORM AND DRIVE THE REST OF THE PLAN WILL AFFIRM OUR DEPARTMENT'S MISSION STATEMENT AND ESTABLISH GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR THE PLAN AND FOR ALL OF OUR WORK PRINCIPLES LIKE EQUITY AND RESILIENCE, WE'LL SET ASPIRATIONAL GOALS TO HELP IMPLEMENT THE VISION OF THE COMMUNITY.

WE'LL FIGURE OUT WHAT'S PREVENTING US FROM ACHIEVING THOSE GOALS AND WHAT STRATEGIES WE CAN USE TO OVERCOME THE ISSUES AND CHALLENGES THAT WE ARE FACING WHILE ALSO GOING TO REEVALUATE HOW WE DEFINE RISKS AND HOW WE PRIORITIZE WATERSHED PROBLEMS, WE'LL SET OBJECTIVES AND METRICS.

SO WE CAN SHOW WE'RE MAKING SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS TOWARDS THE GOALS.

AND THE OBJECTIVES WILL BE SMART, MEANING SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ACHIEVABLE, RELEVANT, AND TIME-BOUND, WE'LL DEVELOP A DECISION-MAKING FRAMEWORK TO DESCRIBE HOW OUR DEPARTMENT WILL ALLOCATE OUR RESOURCES, MEANING OUR FUNDING AND OUR STAFF TIME TO BEST MEET THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES.

THE PLAN WILL ALSO DESCRIBE OUR APPROACH TO FUTURE UPDATES, INCLUDING HOW WE'RE GOING TO BE REPORTING OUT ON PROGRESS.

HOW OFTEN WE'LL UPDATE THE PLAN WHEN WE'LL GO BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND HOW WE'LL IDENTIFY STRATEGIES THAT AREN'T WORKING.

AND FINALLY, WE WILL THEN WORK TO ALIGN OUR OBJECTIVES AND OUR PERFORMANCE MEASURES AT ALL LEVELS OF OUR DEPARTMENT WITH THE NEW STRATEGIC PLAN TO ENSURE THAT WE EMBED THE VALUES AND PRIORITIES OF THE COMMUNITY AS REFLECTED IN THIS PLAN INTO OUR DAILY OPERATIONS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO NOW THAT WE'VE COVERED WHAT RAIN TO RIVER IS, LET'S SHIFT GEARS AND GO BACK TO TALK ABOUT OUR APPROACH TO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

SO WE'RE GOING TO DIVIDE OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROCESS INTO THREE PHASES.

THE OBJECTIVE OF PHASE ONE IS TO GATHER BROAD COMMUNITY INPUT AND TO DO THAT, WE'LL A RANGE OF STRATEGIES I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT IN A MINUTE IN PHASE TWO, OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO EVALUATE HOW WELL WE TRANSLATED THE INPUT WE HEARD IN PHASE ONE

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INTO PLAN CONTENT.

SO IN ADDITION, WE WILL GATHER INPUT ON COMMUNITY PRIORITIES FOR THE ISSUES AND STRATEGIES IDENTIFIED DURING PHASE ONE.

SO PHASE ONE STARTS WITH VERY BROAD INPUT PHASE TWO STARTS TO LOOK AT WHAT WE'VE DONE WITH THAT INFORMATION AND GETS INTO MORE DETAILED INPUT ON PRIORITIES, OFFER ISSUES AND STRATEGIES.

AND THEN FINALLY IN PHASE THREE, THE OBJECTIVE WILL BE TO PRESENT A DRAFT PLAN TO THE COMMUNITY, UH, REVISE IT AND FINALIZE IT FOR ADOPTION.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

HERE'S A HIGH LEVEL TIMELINE FOR THE PROJECT, WHICH WE ESTIMATE WILL TAKE ABOUT THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE WITH FINAL ADOPTION BY CITY COUNCIL ANTICIPATED AT THE END OF 2024.

SO THE CLOCK HAS ALREADY STARTED RUNNING PHASE ONE OF ENGAGEMENT, WHICH IS WHERE WE ARE NOW WILL LAST FOR NINE MONTHS.

TOTAL WE'LL THEN TAKE A FEW MONTHS TO EVALUATE THE INPUT WE RECEIVED AND TO START TO DEVELOP PLAN CONTENT.

THEN WE'LL GO BACK TO THE COMMUNITY NEXT SPRING, AROUND MAY, 2023 TO BEGIN PHASE TWO, WHICH WE ARE ANTICIPATING WILL TAKE ABOUT FOUR MONTHS.

SO THOSE SHORTER, OUR ROUND OF ENGAGEMENT FOR PHASE TWO, AFTER THAT PHASE TWO, THERE'LL BE A BEHIND THE SCENES PERIOD WHERE WE'RE ACTUALLY WRITING THE PLAN BASED ON EVERYTHING THAT WE'VE HEARD SO FAR AND ALL THE INTERNAL WORK THAT WE'VE DONE.

AND THEN WE'LL LAUNCH PHASE THREE IN MAY, 2024 TO PRESENT THE DRAFT PLAN TO THE COMMUNITY, FINALIZE IT FOR ADOPTION, PRESENTED TO BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND ULTIMATELY COUNCIL.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO I'D LIKE TO SHARE A LITTLE BIT MORE BACKGROUND ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT APPROACH.

WE HAVE A FEW PRIMARY GOALS FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

WE WANT TO BE RESPECTFUL TO THE PARTICIPANTS.

WE WANT TO MAKE IT EASY AND IDEALLY EVEN ENJOYABLE TO PARTICIPATE.

WE WANT TO BE TRANSPARENT ABOUT HOW WE'RE GOING TO USE PEOPLE'S FEEDBACK AND USE STRATEGIES TAILORED FOR SPECIFIC GROUPS OR TOPICS.

WE ALSO WANT TO BE ADAPTIVE IN OUR PROCESS.

WE'VE DEFINED METRICS FOR SUCCESS, AND WE'RE GOING TO USE THEM AS WE GO TO TRACK HOW WE'RE DOING SO WE CAN ADJUST OUR APPROACH AS NEEDED ALONG THE WAY.

WE ALSO WANT TO ADAPT TO THE CHALLENGES AND CONSTRAINTS CAUSED BY THE COVID PANDEMIC AND ANY OTHER EMERGENT EVENTS OR CONDITIONS THAT MAY PRESENT THEMSELVES AND THINKING ABOUT THOSE LONG-TERM IMPACTS TO THE COMMUNITY.

SO WE DON'T WANT TO CREATE A BUNCH OF STRATEGIES AND HAVE A SET IN STONE PLAN THAT IS NOT RESPONSIVE TO WHAT WE'RE ABLE TO DO FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENTS BASED ON OTHER FACTORS.

AND THEN WE ALSO WANT TO COORDINATE AND COLLABORATE WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS ON ENGAGEMENT, WHERE WE CAN.

AND FINALLY, WE WANT THIS ENGAGEMENT PROCESS TO FOCUS ON BUILDING LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS AND TRUST, ESPECIALLY WITH HISTORICALLY UNDERSERVED GROUPS IN GROUPS WHO ARE IMPACTED BY NEGATIVE WATERSHED OUTCOMES.

SO WE'RE DOING SIGNIFICANT OUTREACH NOW AS PART OF THIS PLANNING PROCESS, BUT WE WANT IT TO BE THE BEGINNING OF LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS THAT WE WILL MAINTAIN INTO THE FUTURE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

WHAT ASPECT OF OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PLAN THAT WE HAVE INCLUDED TO MAKE OUR PROCESS MORE EQUITABLE IS THE FACT THAT WE ARE PRIORITIZING SEEKING INPUT FROM CERTAIN GROUPS PAST WATERSHED PLANNING EFFORTS HAVE NOT EXPLICITLY PRIORITIZED ENGAGING PEOPLE OF COLOR LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES AND OTHER GROUPS WHO ARE MORE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE NEGATIVE QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES IN AUSTIN.

SO OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROCESS WE'LL PRIORITIZE THREE DIFFERENT GROUPS.

FIRST RESIDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN SYSTEMATICALLY MARGINALIZED FROM OR DENIED A FULL OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN PAST PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES OR WHO ARE MORE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE NEGATIVE QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES.

GENERALLY SECOND ARE RESIDENTS WHO EITHER HAVE EXPERIENCED OR WHO ARE AT INCREASED RISK OF EXPERIENCING IMPACTS FROM NEGATIVE WATERSHED OUTCOMES, THINGS LIKE FLOODING EROSION AND WATER POLLUTION.

AND THEN FINALLY, OUR THIRD PRIORITY GROUP, IT'S CLOSEST TO WATERSHEDS TRADITIONAL STAKEHOLDERS, UH, ORGANIZATIONS WHO WORK ON ISSUES RELATED TO THE ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNITY HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY.

THIS GROUP ALSO INCLUDES GOVERNMENTAL AND INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS.

SO THESE THREE GROUPS WILL BE OUR PRIORITY AND WE'LL RECEIVE EXTRA TIME AND RESOURCES DURING THE ENGAGEMENT PROCESS.

BUT OUR FUNDAMENTAL GOAL IS THAT BY PRIORITIZING THESE GROUPS, WE WILL IN FACT REACH A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY.

SO WE WILL ALSO HAVE BROAD ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES LIKE SURVEYS AND MEETINGS THAT ARE OPEN AND ACCESSIBLE TO ALL BECAUSE THAT IS A FUNDAMENTAL GOAL OF THE PLAN IS TO HAVE THE REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO AGAIN, OUR FIRST PRIORITY GROUP, FOLKS WHO HAVE BEEN UNDERSERVED OR DENIED A FULL OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN PAST PLANNING PROCESSES AND WHO ARE MORE LIKELY

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TO EXPERIENCE NEGATIVE QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES.

SO THIS GROUP INCLUDES PEOPLE OF COLOR, LOW INCOME FOLKS, NON-ENGLISH SPEAKERS, IMMIGRANTS, AND REFUGEES FOLKS WITH PHYSICAL OR TECHNOLOGICAL BARRIERS TO PARTICIPATION LIKE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, PEOPLE LACKING DIGITAL LITERACY OR INTERNET ACCESS, AND PEOPLE LACKING ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION.

PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, LGBTQ PLUS PEOPLE, AND USE THEM SENIORS DEFINED AS UNDER 18 AND OVER 65 OR 65 AND UP PERSPECTIVELY.

NEXT SLIDE.

THE SECOND GROUP, I MENTIONED OUR RESIDENTS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED OR WHO ARE AT AN INCREASED RISK OF EXPERIENCING NEGATIVE WATER SET OUTCOMES.

SO FLOODING EROSION AND THE IMPACTS OF WATER POLLUTION.

SO THIS INCLUDES PEOPLE WHO ARE AT RISK, BUT WHO HAVEN'T NECESSARILY YET HAVE HAD A NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE.

FOR EXAMPLE, SOMEBODY WHO LIVES IN THE 100 YEAR FLOOD PLAIN, BUT WHO HAS NOT EXPERIENCED A FLOOD, PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED THOSE NEGATIVE IMPACTS.

SO SOMEONE WHO HAS EXPERIENCED A FLOOD EVENT, SOMEONE WHO IS EXPERIENCING SEVERE EROSION ON THEIR PROPERTY, OR PEOPLE WHO SWIM PADDLE OR FISH IN WATER BODIES THAT ARE IMPACTED BY SIGNIFICANT POLLUTION OR HARMFUL ALGAE BLOOMS. AND THEN FINALLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH WHAT WE CALL A WATERSHED SOLUTION.

SO SOMETHING LIKE BUYOUTS OR AN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT WHO MAY HAVE REALLY HELPFUL INPUT ABOUT THE IMPACTS POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE OF THAT SOLUTION ON THEIR LIVES.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND FINALLY, OUR THIRD PRIORITY GROUP IS ORGANIZATIONS THAT WORK ON ISSUES RELATED TO THE ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNITY HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY.

SO WE'RE INTERESTED IN TALKING WITH THESE GROUPS BECAUSE OF THE RELEVANT EXPERTISE THEY BRING AND BECAUSE OF THEIR NETWORK OF FOLKS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN IMPACTED BY OUR DEPARTMENT'S WORK.

SO WE'VE LISTED ONLY SOME EXAMPLES HERE.

IT'S NOT A COMPREHENSIVE LIST AND WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO BUILD THIS LIST OUT THROUGH OUR ENGAGEMENT PROCESS.

AND WE ARE ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN GROUPS OR ORGANIZATIONS THAT ALSO FALL IN EITHER THE PRIORITY ONE OR PRIORITY TWO GROUPS.

SO GROUPS ON THIS LIST INCLUDE ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY GROUPS, PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNITY HEALTH, AND PUBLIC SAFETY, ADVOCACY GROUPS, OTHER GOVERNMENT ENTITIES, AND FACULTY WITH RELEVANT EXPERTISE AT LOCAL UNIVERSITIES.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PLAN INCLUDES A VERY WIDE VARIETY OF STRATEGIES.

SOME ARE FOCUSED ON COLLECTING QUALITATIVE INFORMATION.

SOME ARE ABOUT GETTING THE WORD OUT ABOUT OUR UPDATE PROCESS THROUGH MARKETING OUTREACH, AND SOME HAVE TO DO WITH SEEKING GUIDANCE THROUGH A, YOU KNOW, A COMMUNITY ADVISORY BODY.

SO FOR THE PRIORITY STAKEHOLDER GROUPS, I JUST MENTIONED, WE'RE PLANNING TO USE TAILORED STRATEGIES THAT REQUIRE MORE TIME AND RESOURCES TO CARRY OUT.

SO THIS INCLUDES THINGS LIKE A COMPENSATED COHORT OF COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS, COMPENSATED FOCUS GROUPS, MINI GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS AND ORGANIZATIONS AND PARTICIPATING IN MEETINGS AND EVENTS OF COMMUNITIES WHERE A PRIORITY STAKEHOLDERS ARE REPRESENTED.

BUT WE ALSO HAVE MANY BROADER STRATEGIES THAT WILL BE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL STAKEHOLDERS LIKE SURVEYS, VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE EVENTS, LIKE OUR KICKOFF EVENT THAT WE HAD IN APRIL ONLINE EDUCATIONAL EVENTS, PARTNERSHIPS WITH COUNCIL OFFICES, PAID ADVERTISEMENTS, A WEBSITE, WEB BASED COMMUNICATIONS.

AND THEN OF COURSE EVENTUALLY THE COMMISSIONING COUNCIL REVIEW PROCESS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO NOW SURE.

THE PART OF THE PRESENTATION THAT YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR, HOW DO YOU GET MORE INVOLVED? SO RIGHT NOW FOLKS CAN EXPLORE OUR WEBSITE, WHICH IS RAINED TO RIVER ATX.COM TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RAIN TO RIVER PLAN AND PROCESS THE WORK OF OUR DEPARTMENT AND WHY WE'RE UPDATING THE PLAN.

YOU CAN ALSO SIGN UP FOR OUR CONTACT LIST TO STAY IN THE LOOP ABOUT PROJECT UPDATES, UPCOMING EVENTS, AND ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS THE ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY THAT WE'RE MOST FOCUSED ON AT THIS MOMENT, AND IT IS OUR COMMUNITY VISION SURVEY.

SO WE ARE TRYING TO HAVE AS MANY FOLKS THROUGHOUT AUSTIN, TAKE OUR COMMUNITY VISION SURVEY AS POSSIBLE.

AND THEN IN ADDITION TO DOING A MORE TRADITIONAL SURVEY WITH QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, YOU CAN USE A MAPPING COMPONENT TO SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH AUSTIN'S NATURAL SPACES, WATERWAYS AND DRAINAGE INFRASTRUCTURE, AND A LINK TO THIS SURVEY IS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE WEBSITE, RAIN TO RIVER ATX.COM NEXT SLIDE.

AND THEN FINALLY WE WOULD

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LOVE, HELP SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE RIGHT NOW BY TAKING THE SURVEY AND IN THE FUTURE, UH, WITH ADDITIONAL ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES.

UH, SO ENCOURAGING THE PEOPLE IN YOUR NETWORK TO PARTICIPATE AS WELL.

THE WEBSITE IS THE EASIEST RESOURCE TO SHARE, AND IT CONTAINS LINKS TO THE SURVEY AND THE CONTACT LIST, AS I MENTIONED ON THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT TONIGHT.

WE ARE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE CONVERSATION AND COLLABORATION OVER THE NEXT TWO AND A HALF YEARS.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR THOUGHTS TO SHARE, DON'T HESITATE TO REACH OUT TO ME OR TO OUR TEAM.

AND I'M HAPPY TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS RIGHT NOW.

THANK YOU, ANDREA.

I, UH, I'LL JUST SAY, I'M, I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS.

THIS LOOKS LIKE IT HAS SO MANY CONNECTIONS TO THE CLIMATE PLAN AND JUST EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE HERE IN AUSTIN.

SO I'M PRETTY EXCITED FOR THIS PROCESS.

I HAVE TO SAY IT W WHEN I, WHEN I SAW THAT TIMELINE, I WAS LIKE, OH, THAT'S A LONG TIME, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE ACTUALLY PLANNING TO USE THAT TIME IN A REALLY MEANINGFUL WAYS.

SO, UM, I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

I'M DEFINITELY GOING TO BE JUMPING ON THAT MAP.

UM, SO WHO, WHO HAS QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS HERE? I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO GO FIRST BECAUSE YOU SPOKE UP FIRST.

ALL RIGHT.

I JUST DIDN'T WANT TO BOGART THE MIC, BUT APPRECIATE THE, UM, APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION, EXCITED TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

I AM CURIOUS, GOING TO THE LENGTH OF TIME FOR THE PLAN, UM, WHEN THE COMMUNITY, ONE OF THE THINGS I HEAR ON THE PARKS BOARD IS, YOU KNOW, WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG TO DO SOMETHING? AND THEN AT THE SAME TIME, OF COURSE, YOU'RE ALWAYS HEARING, YOU KNOW, THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

SO, I MEAN, COULD YOU JUST DISCUSS BRIEFLY WHY THE PLAN DOES TAKE SO LONG? THANK YOU.

WE DEFINITELY UNDERSTAND AND FEEL THAT TENSION AS WELL.

AND WHEN WE PUT THE TIMELINE TOGETHER, IT WAS DRIVEN BY OUR DESIRED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROCESS.

AND THEN THE, BASICALLY THE TIME IT WOULD TAKE TO ASK ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE WERE HOPING TO ASK OF THE COMMUNITY AND THEN FORMULATE THEM MEANINGFULLY INTO THE DOCUMENT AND HAVE THAT SECOND PHASE OF REVIEW.

AND SO I THINK THE TOTAL LENGTH WAS DRIVEN BY THAT VISION FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, BUT IT'S ALSO A PLAN THAT IS BEING DEVELOPED, UH, YOU KNOW, WITH INTERNAL TEAMS. AND SO PART OF IT IS ALSO JUST THE EXTENT OF THE, WHAT WE WANT TO BE IN THE PLAN.

YOU KNOW, THAT TABLE OF CONTENTS, HOW MUCH WE WANT IT TO COVER HOW, UH, DIRECTLY WE WANT IT TO BE GUIDING OUR DEPARTMENT'S WORK.

SO IT'S ALSO THE, YOU KNOW, THE SCOPE OF WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO THAT CONTRIBUTES TO THE TIMELINE.

BUT WHEN WE ORIGINALLY SCOPED IT OUT, YOU KNOW, WE HAD A VERY SIMILAR REACTION AND HAVE DEFINITELY HEARD FROM THE COMMUNITY THAT, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE ISSUES NOW, UH, THERE'VE BEEN THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN IN PROCESS FOR A LONG TIME, YOU KNOW, DO WE HAVE AN ADDITIONAL THREE YEARS TO WAIT? AND I THINK THE WAY THAT WE'RE BALANCING THAT IS RECOGNIZING THAT OUR DEPARTMENT IS NOT STOPPING OUR WORK.

AS WE DO THIS, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE AN EXISTING STRATEGIC PLAN.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO IMPLEMENT IT.

WE HAVE HAD, YOU KNOW, WE'VE HEARD A LOT FROM THE COMMUNITY, AN INDIVIDUAL, UM, INITIATIVES OVER THE YEARS, THOSE THINGS, YOU KNOW, WORK IS BEING DONE.

WE CAN RUN PILOT PROJECTS THAT HELP INFORM THE ULTIMATE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PLAN.

YOU KNOW, SOMETHING, WE KNOWS SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT WE'LL BE GRAPPLING WITH ARE THINGS THAT HAVE COME UP FROM THE COMMUNITY OVER THE YEARS.

AND SO WE'RE TRYING TO GET A HEADSTART ON, YOU KNOW, ANALYZING OR TESTING OR DOING SOME OF THE BACKGROUND WORK SO THAT WE'LL BE READY TO, YOU KNOW, INCORPORATE IT AND MAKE DECISIONS AS WE GO.

AND SO I THINK IT WAS JUST, YOU KNOW, THE SCOPE OF WHAT WE'RE HOPING TO ACCOMPLISH BALANCED BY OUR ABILITY TO CONTINUE TO MAKE PROGRESS UNDER OUR CURRENT STRATEGIC PLAN.

AND THEN, SO WE'RE EXCITED, YOU KNOW, ONE OF OUR OWN, UM, KATIE COYNE, WHO IS NOW Y'ALL'S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, AND WE NOTICE TO THAT POINT TODAY IN THE AUSTIN MONITOR THE, THE INFORMATION COMING FOR LIKE INCOMING CODE AMENDMENTS THAT WILL SET THE BAR FOR WATERSHED SEAT.

THAT'S REAL EVIDENCE OF THAT.

A LOT OF THAT WORK BEING DONE.

NOW, THE OTHER THING I FACE ON PARKS BOARD IS, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE'RE DOING THAT ENGAGEMENT, WE OFTEN, AND THIS IS WHAT YOU ALL ARE ADDRESSING IN THIS.

SO I REALLY APPRECIATE IT ON THE EQUITY SIDE, IN THE VOICES.

UM, WE HEAR S YOU KNOW, VERY STRONG VOICES FROM CERTAIN PARTS OF THE CITY.

AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT, AND THERE'S A, THERE'S THIS OVER REPRESENTATION, THAT'S OFTEN BECAUSE SPECIFIC ORGANIZATIONS WILL PUSH THIS OUT, THAT DON'T REFLECT

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THE DEMOGRAPHIC OF THE CITY.

AND, AND SO YOU, WITH THAT INTENTIONALITY GOING TO THESE OTHER GROUPS, WHICH I REALLY APPRECIATE, BUT IT'S ALSO ABOUT ON THE OTHER SIDE, WHO YOU'RE TALKING WITH AND WHO, YOU KNOW, WHO, WHO THEY'RE INTERACTING WITH.

SO HOW HAS YOUR ENGAGEMENT TEAM LIKE MIRRORING THAT DIVERSITY? IS IT ALL LIKE INTERNAL DIVERSITY THAT YOU HAVE ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT TEAM? ARE YOU HIRING CONSULTANTS OR YOU JUST HAVEN'T HEARD OR HAVE NOT GONE THROUGH THAT YET? UM, SO THE ENGAGEMENT EFFORT IS LED BY OUR, OUR WATERSHED PLANNING DIVISION STAFF, AND OUR DEMOGRAPHICS DO NOT MIRROR THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF AUSTIN AS A WHOLE.

AND SO WE ARE TRYING TO, I GUESS, NOT MAKE UP FOR IT, BUT OVERCOMING THAT FACT WITH CERTAINLY INTENTIONALITY ABOUT WHAT OUR METRICS ARE AND WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO, BUT ALSO LOOKING TO, UH, TO THINGS LIKE OUR COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR PROGRAM, UH, AND TO CONSULTANTS LIKE MEASURE, WHICH IS A BLACK LED ORGANIZATION WORKING IN AUSTIN, OUR COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS WERE SELECTED, UH, LOOKING FOR A VERY DIVERSE, VERY DIVERSE POOL, OR, YOU KNOW, MAYBE OVERLY REPRESENTATIVE OF PEOPLE OF COLOR IN ORDER TO REACH OUR PRIORITY STAKEHOLDERS, WHERE WE, AS A PLANNING TEAM ARE NOT REFLECTING THE DIVERSITY THAT WE'RE SEEKING THROUGH THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, THROUGH OUR PROCESS.

AND SO I THINK IT'S, OH, GO AHEAD.

NO, AND I APPRECIATE THAT.

AND I THINK THAT'S THE, THE, ULTIMATELY THE GOAL WE WANT OUR, OUR PLANNING TEAMS AND THE FOLKS WHO ARE DOING THE WORK ALSO REPRESENT THAT DIVERSITY, BUT I CAN APPRECIATE TRYING TO AUGMENT IT UNTIL WE GET THERE ON THE STAFF SIDE.

AND THEN, UM, JUST REALLY ALSO ON THAT, WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE SAMPLE DATA, WHEN THAT COMES IN, ARE YOU GOING TO WEIGHT THE DATA WHEN YOU'RE, I KNOW YOU'RE TRYING TO GET THAT OVER SAMPLING, BUT IS THERE GOING TO BE A WEIGHT TO THAT DATA ONCE IT ALL COMES IN PARTICULARLY TO DIVERSITY, OR IS IT, YOU KNOW, IT'S LIKE, WELL, WE TRIED AND I'VE BEEN FACING THIS ON PARKS RIGHT NOW WHERE, YOU KNOW, THERE'S AN EFFORT, BUT BECAUSE THERE'S THIS HUGE OVERSAMPLING FROM TWO NEIGHBORHOODS THAT, YOU KNOW, THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF ENGAGEMENT WE GET THAT LOOKS GREAT, NORMALLY IS GETTING WASHED OUT.

AND SO HERE, WHAT I'M ASKING FOR THEM IS CAN WE WAIT IT, AND THEY'RE LOOKING AT THAT, BUT I MEAN, IS THAT, THAT YOU ALL HAVE TALKED ABOUT? I DON'T THINK WE'VE TALKED ABOUT WAITING THE DATA THAT COMES IN, BECAUSE WE YET, BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN SO FOCUSED ON, YOU KNOW, LIKE THE REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLING, BUT, YOU KNOW, IF WE FIND, IF WE FIND OURSELVES IN THE POSITION WHERE WE NEED TO DO THAT, LIKE THAT WOULD CERTAINLY BE PART OF OUR ADAPTIVE STRATEGY, BUT EVEN IF WE WERE TO GET JUST THINKING OUT LOUD HERE, IF WE WERE TO GET PERFECTLY REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLING, THERE'S STILL THE PROCESS OF DECIDING WHAT TO DO WITH THE INFORMATION AND IF IT'S VERY DIFFERENT COMING FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES.

AND SO I THINK THAT WILL BE SOMETHING THAT OUR TEAM GRAPPLES WITH AS WE ARE STRIVING TO COME UP WITH, YOU KNOW, AN EQUITABLE REFLECTION OF THE COMMUNITY INPUT AND THE TRANSLATION INTO OUR DEPARTMENT'S WORK.

YOU KNOW, IF THEIR REPRESENTATION, A REPRESENTATIVE COLLECTION IS NOT ENOUGH, IF THEN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS NEEDS TO EMPOWER PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO PARTICIPATE PREVIOUSLY TO GET TO THE MOST EQUITABLE OUTCOMES.

SO WE HAVEN'T TALKED IN DETAIL ABOUT THAT PART YET, BUT WE COULD DEFINITELY SEE THAT, UM, IT WILL, IT WILL BE PART OF OUR UPCOMING WORK.

PERFECT.

AND THEN JUST THE, THIS, ISN'T A QUESTION IT'S JUST THE LAST STATEMENT THAT I'LL MOVE ON BECAUSE I KNOW OTHER PEOPLE HAVE COMMENTS.

UM, BUT ON WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT OTHER GROUPS, I GUESS JUST SOME THINGS TO MAKE NOTE Y'ALL PROBABLY WE'LL CAPTURE DOVE SPRINGS PROUD IS ONE THAT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ENGAGING THE EAST RIVERSIDE WHOLE TURF COMBINED CONTACT TEAM IS ONE THAT I REALLY RECOMMEND BECAUSE OF THE POPULATION THAT THEY SERVE.

OTHER IS PARTNERING WITH AISD BACK TO SCHOOL.

BASH IS ONE WOULD, THAT WOULD FIT WITHIN YOUR TIMELINE, BUT SOME OTHER OPPORTUNITIES THERE.

AND I'M EXCITED TO SEE HOW IT'S ALL GOES BACK IN, AND IT IMPACTS, UM, OUR OPEN SPACE AND PARTICULARLY HOW CAN WE REALLY LEVERAGE AS WE'VE HAD THESE LONG DISCUSSIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY REGARDING, UM, YOU KNOW, GREEN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND, AND HAVING MULTIPURPOSE FACILITIES, PARTICULARLY WITHIN PARKS AND OUR PUBLIC SPACES AND OUR GREENWAYS AND WATERSHED AREAS.

AND SO THERE'S A LOT OF SMART FOLKS THAT YOU ALL HAVE THERE.

AND I KNOW THEY'VE JUST BEEN CHOMPING AT THE BIT TO BE ABLE TO IMPLEMENT THESE.

SO I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THAT DATA COME FORWARD.

AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL HAVE, UM,

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EITHER THROUGH THESE CODE AMENDMENTS THAT ARE, I SEE ON HASA MONITOR, OR THEY DO THIS WORK, THEY ABLE TO DO THINGS TO ADDRESS, ADDRESS ISSUES LIKE WHERE WE HAVE IN SOUTHWEST AUSTIN, ALONG TWO 90 AND 71, WHERE THERE ARE SOME POCKETS OF POVERTY AND POCKETS OF DIVERSITY AND ENTERED CONVENTIONAL PUBLIC HOUSING UNITS, WHERE YOU GO, AND YOU'RE AT AN 89 TO 98% IMPERVIOUS COVER.

AND BECAUSE THE RESTRICTION IN HOW DIFFICULT HE IS TO DO THE SOS AMENDMENT FOR REDEVELOPMENT, UM, IT'S, IT MAKES IT NOT FEASIBLE.

AND SO PEOPLE JUST DECIDE TO KEEP THE CONCRETE VERSUS BEING ABLE TO DO SOME OF IT.

AND YOU'RE PENALIZED.

IF YOU MAKE ANY IMPROVEMENT TO ANY OF THE BUILDINGS YOU'RE PENALIZED, IF YOU TRY TO PUT ANY GREEN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE.

SO I'M HOPING, AND THAT'S A REAL, THAT'S A REAL CLIMATE THAT'S REAL EQUITY COMPONENT AND, UH, JUST QUALITY OF LIFE.

SO I'M EXCITED TO SEE THE FUTURE.

APPRECIATE THE TIME.

THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

THANKS.

RICH.

OTHER QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS, ANYBODY ATTENDING REMOTELY HAVE ANY WELL, I HAD ANOTHER ONE, ANDREA, I APPRECIATED WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT, UM, YOU KNOW, DOING PILOT PROJECTS ALONG THE WAY.

ARE, ARE YOU THINKING THAT, YOU KNOW, EVEN IN THIS KIND OF INITIAL, UM, I FORGET WHAT YOU, THE, WHAT THE TERM WAS THIS KIND OF INITIAL, UH, SURVEY AND SCOPING AND LIKE MAPPING PROCESS THAT LIKE, EVEN THAT MIGHT START TO IDENTIFY SPECIFIC PROJECTS.

YES.

AND THANK YOU FOR ASKING THAT, ESPECIALLY THE MAPPING, BECAUSE WE ARE LOOKING FOR INFORMATION FROM THE COMMUNITY ABOUT EXISTING WATERSHED PROBLEMS. AND WE COLLECT THAT INFORMATION FROM MANY FOLKS THROUGH ESTABLISHED CHANNELS.

YOU KNOW, PEOPLE CAN CALL 3, 1, 1, OR WE'LL HAVE HAD SOME OTHER SORT OF INTERACTION WITH WATERSHED STAFF REPORTING A PROBLEM, BUT NOT EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT THAT IS AN OPTION OR HOW TO DO THAT.

AND OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ALL THE EXISTING PROBLEMS THAT OUR, YOU KNOW, FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY ARE EXPERIENCING.

AND SO, AS WE ARE COLLECTING THE MAP INFORMATION, WE ARE EVALUATING THEM FOR, YOU KNOW, BASICALLY THE ABILITY TO DO A SITE INVESTIGATION AND PUT THESE PROBLEMS THAT ARE IDENTIFIED THROUGH THE STRATEGIC PLAN PROCESS INTO OUR EXISTING EVALUATION PROCESSES.

SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO, THEY DON'T HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE STRATEGIC PLAN TO GET A SOLUTION IF THERE, YOU KNOW, IF WE HAVE A WAY TO ANALYZE THEM AND POTENTIALLY DO A, YOU KNOW, AN IN-HOUSE PROJECT OR, UH, YOU KNOW, UH, LIKE A, BASICALLY A FAST TRACK SORT OF, UH, YOU KNOW, SMALL CIP FIX OR OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE FIX, WE ARE DEFINITELY LOOKING AT THE SURVEY RESULTS AND TRYING TO ADDRESS THINGS, UH, YOU KNOW, THAT WE CAN GET TO THROUGH EXISTING PROCESSES.

THAT'S GREAT.

AND YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THAT, UH, YOU'RE, YOU'RE, YOU'RE SCHEDULED TONIGHT WITH, WITH SOME FOLKS FROM, FROM ARR.

AND I KNOW THAT THAT Y'ALL HAVE SOME, SOME PARTNERSHIPS GOING THERE.

I'M WONDERING, I THINK MAYBE THEY'RE GOING TO TOUCH ON SOME OF THAT WORK, BUT IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT HOW THAT, UM, KNOW KIND OF, UH, PLASTICS IN, IN, IN OUR RIVERS OR IN OUR WATER STREAMS AND HAVE THAT MIGHT FIT INTO THIS PLAN AND, AND ANY OF THOSE PROJECTS, THAT'S SOMETHING I'M PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN BECAUSE IT, I SEE THAT CLOSE TO MY HOME BEING AN ISSUE.

AND SO WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THINGS WE'VE HEARD FROM THE COMMUNITY IN THE PAST, AND WE WOULD EXPECT TO HEAR THROUGH THIS PROCESS, YOU KNOW, TRASHING CREEKS IS ONE THAT COMES RIGHT TO TOP OF MIND.

AND SO WE ARE DEFINITELY LOOKING FOR THAT SORT OF INPUT AND THEN LOOKING TOWARD, YOU KNOW, NOT ONLY WHAT WE WATERSHED CAN DO WITHIN OUR PURVIEW, IN OUR PLANNING PROCESSES, BUT WE ALSO HAVE AN INTERDEPARTMENTAL COORDINATION TEAM TO START IDENTIFYING THESE AREAS WHERE WE CAN BETTER ADDRESS AN ISSUE THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP, OR EVEN IF, YOU KNOW, WATERSHED IS COLLECTING INFORMATION ABOUT SOMETHING THAT JUST BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE CITY IS STRUCTURED IS NOT, YOU KNOW, OUR DEPARTMENTS, UM, AREA.

WE DON'T WANT THAT INFORMATION TO GO INTO A VOID.

AND SO WE'LL BE COLLABORATING WITH THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS ON, YOU KNOW, WHO NEEDS TO BE HEARING YOU, WHAT ARE THE WAYS THAT IT COULD BE ADDRESSED IF IT'S NOT OUR, YOU KNOW, CAN IT BE OUR PLAN? AND IF IT'S NOT OUR PLAN WHO NEEDS TO HEAR ABOUT IT AND WHERE CAN IT GO? AND SO I THINK WE'LL HAVE A LOT

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OF PARTNERSHIPS WITH, UH, YOU KNOW, OTHER DEPARTMENTS AS WE START TO GET COMMUNITY FEEDBACK LIKE THAT.

AND WE CAN SEE, ALL RIGHT, WELL, THIS, WE NEED TO WORK WITH ARR AND MAYBE PART OR WHOEVER IT IS ON THE SPECIFIC TOPICS, NOT ONLY FOR THE KIND OF INTERDEPARTMENTAL COORDINATION THAT WE TYPICALLY HAVE, BUT TO SPECIFICALLY ADDRESS THINGS THAT ARE COMING UP THROUGH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT THAT GO BEYOND A WATERSHED'S ABILITY TO SOLVE INDEPENDENTLY.

I LOVE IT.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

LAST CALL FOR ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FROM ANYBODY.

ALL RIGHT.

I WILL JUST SAY, I THINK WE SHOULD ALL TAKE IT ON OURSELVES AS COMMISSIONERS HERE TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS PLAN AND REALLY ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO USE THESE INPUT OPPORTUNITIES.

I THINK THIS IS A REALLY BIG OPPORTUNITY FOR US, AND, UH, I KNOW WE ARE ALL CONNECTED TO A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS AND SEGMENTS OF THE COMMUNITIES.

SO, UM, LET'S, LET'S DO OUR PART TO, TO HELP WITH THAT BROAD OUTREACH.

AND THANK YOU, ANDRE.

I APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT.

ALL RIGHT, NEXT UP, WE HAVE KEN SNIPES WITH

[2. b) Zero Waste and Circular Economy Presentation – Ken Snipes, Austin Resource Recovery (Discussion and/or possible action)]

AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY.

CAN THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

ARE YOU DOING THE PRESENTATION OR IS SOMEBODY ELSE GOING TO BE PRESENTING? I AM, YES.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

WE READY? ALL RIGHT.

WELL, GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS KEN SNIPES AND, UH, I AM THE DIRECTOR OF AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY.

UM, THIS EVENING, I'M GOING TO SHARE WITH YOU A FEW OF THE ACTIONS, ACTIVITIES, UH, EFFORTS AND PROGRAMS THAT AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY IS CONDUCTING IN SUPPORTIVE ZERO WASTE, THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN.

NEXT SLIDE SPECIFICALLY, UH, THE GOALS AND STRATEGIES THAT WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT ARE LISTED HERE.

A GOAL, ONE STRATEGY FOR CONDUCT A FOOD WASTE ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS GO TO AND STRATEGY FOUR IS TO EXPAND THE CITY'S CIRCULAR ECONOMY PROGRAM GOAL THREE STRATEGY, ONE PROMOTE WASTE REDUCTION, AND REUSE GO THREE STRATEGY TO CREATE ECO HUBS AND GO THREE STRATEGY, FIVE RETOOL, THE BULK PICKUP COLLECTION PROGRAM.

UM, I CAN TELL YOU RIGHT OFF THE BAT, I'M NOT GOING TO TALK ABOUT, UH, GOAL THREE STRATEGY TO THE ECO HUBS ON THAT IS STILL A PRIORITY ITEM FOR US, BUT NOT ONE THAT WE HAVE STARTED JUST YET.

SO WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON THE OTHERS AS WE MOVE THROUGH OUR PRESENTATION HERE.

SO, UH, NEXT SLIDE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO FOOD AND PRODUCT CONSUMPTION.

UH, SO, UM, AS PART OF THE WORK THAT WE'VE ALREADY STARTED AND, AND HAVE BEEN DOING FOR SOME TIME, WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO AGGRESSIVELY PURSUE OUR WASTE REDUCTION EFFORTS THAT INCLUDE ORGANICS, COMPOSTING, AND RECYCLING.

AND WE WANT TO WORK ON A NEW ZERO WASTE GOAL.

THAT IS PART OF WHAT WE WILL BE DOING GOING FORWARD.

UH, WE WILL BE MOVING TO ADOPT A PER CAPITA WASTE DIVERSION RATE, WHICH IS A LITTLE BIT MORE DIFFICULT, BUT MORE ACCURATE WAY OF, UM, DETERMINING HOW WE'RE DOING IN TERMS OF WASTE GENERATION.

UH, AND THEN WE'RE ALSO GOING TO CREATE OUR DRAFT PLAN UPDATE, WHICH WILL BE REDUCED.

AND THIS IS OUR, UM, OUR, UH, STRATEGIC PLAN OR OUR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, WHICH IS GOING TO BE, UH, DO THE FIRST DRAFT, UH, LATER THIS SUMMER, NEXT SLIDE.

ALL RIGHT.

CIRCLE ECONOMY EXPANSION.

SO FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON'T KNOW WHAT THE CIRCLE ECONOMY IS, THAT'S OKAY BECAUSE I HAPPEN TO HAVE A DESK DEFINITION HANDY.

UH, IT IS A MODEL OF PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION, WHICH INVOLVES SHARING.

WE'RE USING REPAIRING REFURBISHING AND RECYCLING, EXISTING MATERIALS AND PRODUCTS FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.

IT REDUCES THE AMOUNT OF RAW MATERIALS THAT ARE NEEDED TO MAKE NEW PRODUCTS.

UH, IT RE IT REDESIGNS MATERIALS TO BE LESS RESOURCE INTENSIVE, AND IT RECAPTURES SOME OF WHAT SOME PEOPLE CALL WASTE, BUT OF COURSE WE ALL CALL RESOURCES AND IN THE CIRCLE ECONOMY, THOSE ITEMS ARE USED TO MANUFACTURE NEW ITEMS AND NEW PRODUCTS.

UM, AND THEN CONTINUING WITH OUR OVERARCHING EDUCATION EFFORTS, WE WANT TO BRING EVERYONE UP TO SPEED.

UM, WE WANT TO BRING EVERYONE UP TO SPEED REGARDING WHAT THE CIRCLE ECONOMY EFFORT IS AND WHAT THE PROGRAM IS ALL ABOUT.

SO SPECIFICALLY WE WILL BE WORKING WITH ALL OF THE CITY DEPARTMENTS, UH, TO PROVIDE EDUCATION AND ASSISTANCE TO HELP THEM DEVELOP THEIR OWN CIRCULAR ECONOMY EFFORTS WITHIN THEIR, THEIR, UM, THEIR

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DEPARTMENTS, ULTIMATELY WITH THEIR BUY-IN.

AND TO BE CLEAR, WHEN I SAY BUY-IN, UH, I DON'T WANT TO SUGGEST THAT WE'RE STRUGGLING TO GET THEIR SUPPORT.

AND IN FACT, JUST THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE.

UM, THE IS ALL EAGER TO PARTICIPATE, BUT WHAT I MEAN IS THAT, UH, AOR IS GOING TO HAVE TO SUFFICIENTLY EDUCATE THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND MEMBERS OF THEIR TEAMS TO THE POINT THAT THEY NOT ONLY MOVE FORWARD AS PARTICIPANTS, BUT ALSO AS AMBASSADORS AND CHAMPIONS FOR THE WORK.

SO, UH, WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THEM BECOME FORCE MULTIPLIERS IF YOU WILL, NEXT SLIDE, WASTE REDUCTION AND REUSE.

SO OF COURSE WE WANT TO WORK TO DEVELOP NEW OPPORTUNITIES AND PROGRAMS. THAT'S GOING TO BE A BIG, UM, UM, IMPORTANT EFFORT FOR US GOING FORWARD.

WE ALSO WANT TO PROMOTE OUR EXISTING PROGRAMS. SO, UH, THESE ARE SOME OF OUR MORE POPULAR PROGRAMS OR THE FIX IT CLINICS, WHICH CONNECT PEOPLE WITH NON-OPERATING ARE MALFUNCTIONING OR DAMAGED ITEMS WITH REPAIR EXPERTISE.

IT IS A VERY POPULAR PROGRAM.

WE ALSO HAVE OUR REUSE DIRECTORY, WHICH IS A ONLINE PLATFORM THAT HELPS PEOPLE LEARN WHERE THEY CAN DONATE RESALE OR RESPONSIBLY RENT OR REPAIR ITEMS THAT THEY MAY HAVE OR OWN.

UM, AND IT OF COURSE SUPPORTS OUR REUSE ECONOMY.

WE ALSO HAVE THE MOVE-OUT ATX PROGRAM.

THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT, UM, ESTABLISHES DROP-OFF POINTS PRIMARILY THROUGH THE WEST CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS.

UH, WE'RE ALSO GOING TO BE EXPANDING THAT PROGRAM TO SUPPORT, UH, BOTH, UH, HOUSTON TILLOTSON AND ST.

EDWARDS AS WELL.

UM, BUT AS A PROGRAM THAT BASICALLY CAPTURES OR, UH, CONNECTS, UH, ALLOWS US TO CAPTURE JIMMY USED FURNITURE ITEMS, UM, AND, UH, TO SUPPORT THE EFFORT BY GETTING THOSE PRODUCTS TO REUSE ORGANIZATION, THIS YEAR'S PROGRAM IS ALSO GOING TO ADD A FREE FURNITURE MARKET THAT WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

UM, ANOTHER ONE THAT REALLY POPPED INTO PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE IN THIS SPACE IS THE REVERSE PITCH PROGRAM, WHICH IS A COMPETITION WHERE ENTREPRENEURS DEVELOP BUSINESS IDEAS FOR MATERIAL BYPRODUCTS.

SO I THINK OF A, A COMPANY THAT MAY HAVE A MANUAL MANUFACTURING PROCESS, AND AS PART OF THEIR MANUFACTURING PROCESS, THEY HAVE SOME LEFTOVER BY-PRODUCT, UM, COMPANIES COME IN, THEY LOOK AT THAT BY-PRODUCT AND THEY DECIDE THAT THEY CAN USE THAT AS PART OF EITHER THEIR MANUFACTURING PROCESS OR AS PART OF A PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING SOMETHING.

AND THEN THE LAST ITEM ON THIS SLIDE IS THE CIRCUIT SHOWCASE A PROGRAM OR PROJECT, UH, WHICH BRINGS TOGETHER INVESTORS AND ENTREPRENEURS FOR A PITCH EVENT, SUPPORTING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY, THE WINNER OF LAST YEAR'S COMPETITION WITH A COMPANY, A LOCAL COMPANY CALLED LOW COAL.

AND WHAT THEY DO IS THEY REPURPOSE SPENT GRAIN, UH, TO CREATE WADDLE SOCKS, WHICH HELP PREVENT SOIL EROSION.

SO YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THOSE ON SOME OF THE CONSTRUCTION SITES THAT HELP, UH, PREVENT EROSION WHEN IT RAINS OR THERE'S WATER ON THE SITE, MOVING THROUGH THE SITE.

SO, UH, IT IS A, UH, A PROGRAM THAT I REALLY LIKE IN, UH, PROBABLY BE A PART OF NEXT SLIDE.

SO WE HAVE OUR BOAT COLLECTION PROGRAM.

AND SO, UM, PART OF THE EFFORT HERE WAS TO REVIEW AND MODIFY THE APPLICABLE POLICIES AND PRACTICES, UH, IN DOING THAT, WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT WE DID WAS WE CREATED AN ON-CALL PILOT, UH, AND THAT HAS NOW BEEN COMPLETED.

UM, THE PILOT WE LEARNED HAS FACILITATED BETTER PLANNING FOR THE DEPARTMENT AND IT HAS INCREASED OUR EFFICIENCY.

SO WE VIEW THE PILOT AS A, AS A SUCCESS.

UM, WE, AGAIN, LEARNED THAT WE COULD BE MORE EFFICIENT IN, IN USING THE SCHEDULING PROCESS.

UM, AND SO WHAT WE PLAN TO DO FORWARD IS START TO PUT TOGETHER THE STEPS THAT WE WILL NEED TO, TO GET READY, UM, TO, UH, TURN THE PILOT OWNER OR TO GO TO A FULL ON PROGRAM.

SO, UH, OF COURSE, RIGHT NOW, LIKE ALL OF THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE CITY, WE'RE A BIT SHORT ON STAFF.

SO THE TIMING IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE TRYING TO WORK OUT AS WE LOOK TO IMPLEMENT NEW PROGRAMS. ALL RIGHT.

SO THE NEXT ONE IS SOMETHING THAT'S NEAR AND DEAR TO ME, AND THAT IS TRANSPORTATION.

AND NO, THE TWO PICTURES HERE ARE NOT NEW FLEET ADS FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UH, BUT AS WE LOOK AT, UH, THE FUTURE, WE SOMETIMES FORGET HOW MUCH PROGRESS WE'VE MADE.

AND SO ONE OF THE AREAS IN WHICH THIS INDUSTRY HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IS WITH ITS FLEET.

SO GONE ARE THE DAYS OF COLLECTION TRUCKS, SPEWING ALL OVER NEIGHBORHOODS AS THEY DID IN THE SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES, AND MAYBE EVEN THE FIFTIES, FOR SURE.

UM, AND THAT IS A DIRECT RESULT OF WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE BY APARTMENTS AND BODIES, LIKE THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY, AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY AND THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE.

NOW, AS WE MOVE FORWARD, UH, FROM THIS SLIDE, I HAVE TO SAY, UM, I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT WOULD HAVE BEEN FOR THE 1920S ERA TRUCK THAT YOU SEE IN THE SLIDE HERE, UH, THAT PROBABLY MADE ABOUT 40 HORSEPOWER OR BY COMPARISON TO TWO HORSEPOWER VEHICLE ON THE LEFT.

BUT, UH, I THINK WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO DO

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WHAT WE CAN TO MAKE SURE WE'RE MORE EFFICIENT GOING FORWARD.

SO NEXT LINE, AND THIS IS WHERE WE REALLY WANT TO BE.

SO ELECTRIFICATION IS A SPACE THAT WE WANT TO MOVE FORWARD TO AND ALL SERIOUSNESS, THE FUTURE OF AUSTIN'S COLLECTION FLEET WILL BE CENTERED AROUND ELECTRIFICATION.

THE TWO VEHICLES SHOWN HERE ARE FOR MANUFACTURERS THAT, THAT WE'VE HAD MULTIPLE CONVERSATIONS WITH, UM, ABOUT THEIR PRODUCTS, UM, THE EFFICACY OF WHETHER THEY WOULD WORK IN OUR SYSTEM OR NOT, OR WHEN THEY'RE GOING TO BE MOVING FORWARD, WHEN THEY'RE GOING TO BE IN THEIR RANGE, THESE, ALL THE CONVERSATIONS THAT WE'RE CURRENTLY HAVING, UM, THE TECHNOLOGY HAS IMPROVED MARKEDLY OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, SEEMINGLY EVERY YEAR, THE RANGE OF THESE TYPES OF VEHICLES IS EXPANDING.

HOWEVER, HERE IN AUSTIN, THERE'S ONE MAJOR LEMONADE FACTOR THAT PREVENTS THE PROGRAM, OUR PROGRAM FROM ELECTRIFYING OUR FLEET IN MASS.

NOW I WILL SAY THAT WE HAVE STARTED ELECTRIFYING OUR LIGHT FLEET, UH, ITEMS, BUT WHERE I REALLY WANT TO FOCUS ON IS OUR HEAVY FLEET NEXT SLIDE.

SO THE REASON THAT WE HAVE DIFFICULTY ELECTRIFYING OUR FLEET HERE IS BECAUSE THE CITY OF AUSTIN DOES NOT HAVE A WASTE TRANSFER STATION.

AND, UM, THAT IS A, UH, A MAJOR ISSUE.

SO A WASTE TRANSFER STATION IS A FACILITY THAT CONSOLIDATES MULTIPLE LOADS, UM, FROM SMALLER TRUCKS.

SO THINK THE COLLECTION TRUCKS THAT YOU SEE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, OUT IN THE COMMUNITY COLLECTING, UH, INTO ONE LARGE TRUCK.

SO THINK OF TRACTOR TRAILER, UM, THIS OF COURSE INCREASES OUR EFFICIENCY.

IT ALLOWS US TO KEEP OUR COLLECTION TRUCKS IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS COLLECTING VERSUS SPENDING HOURS IN TRAFFIC, DRIVING TO THE LANDFILL.

UH, IT ALSO REDUCES WEAR AND TEAR ON THE, ON THE FLEET, UM, THAT IS DESIGNED TO BE PRIMARILY AGAIN, DRIVEN IN NEIGHBORHOODS AT RELATIVELY LOW SPEEDS.

UM, CURRENTLY OUR FLEET DRIVES TO THE, UH, CONTRACTOR LANDFILL, WHICH IS IN CREEDMORE, UH, AND FROM OUR FURTHEST COLLECTION DISTANCE THAT'S, UH, THAT TOTAL IS ABOUT 30 MILES ONE WAY.

AND SO, UM, AS YOU COULD IMAGINE, ONE OF THE ISSUES WITH THE ELECTRIFIED FLEET IS THAT THE, IT DOESN'T HAVE THE RANGE TO DRIVE THAT FAR MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY.

WE WOULD EXPECT THAT, UH, WE'RE PROBABLY RIGHT NOW WITH OUR COLLECTION FLEET, WE DROPPED THE LANDFILL TWO TO THREE TIMES A DAY, UH, AS WE COME OFF OF THE ROUTES AND GET BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY SOMETIMES, UH, A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN THAT.

UM, BUT THIS IS A MAJOR LIMITING FACTOR BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE ONE, UH, FOR EXAMPLE, CITIES LIKE, UH, HOUSTON WOULD HAVE SIX.

I THINK THEY HAVE SEVEN TRANSFER STATIONS.

DALLAS HAS FOUR, AND THEN THEY HAVE TWO LANDFILLS IN THE CITY AS WELL.

UM, PRIOR TO COMING HERE, I CAME FROM THE CITY OF SEATTLE AND WE HAD TO THERE, AND IT'S A MUCH SMALLER CITY THAN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

SO AGAIN, A MAJOR LIMITING FACTOR IN OUR ABILITY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH ELECTRIFICATION IS THE FACT THAT WE DO NOT HAVE A WASTE TRANSFER FACILITY INSIDE OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UM, SO AGAIN, UM, THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT THAT WE WANT TO RESOLVE AND SOLVE, UH, IS THE FACT THAT, UH, WE DON'T HAVE ONE OF THESE FACILITIES.

UM, AND UNTIL WE DO, UM, THE EFFICACY OF MOVING FORWARD, UM, WITH ELECTRIFYING THE FLEET WOULD BE, UH, SOMETHING THAT WE REALLY HAVE WRESTLE WITH.

SO, ALL RIGHT, NEXT SLIDE.

SO NEXT, WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE AR AR EQUITY TOOL, NEXT SLIDE.

SO, UM, THEY ARE EQUITY TOOL, UH, SOMETHING THAT WE BEGIN DEVELOPMENT ON AN EARLY, UH, 2021.

IT IS MODELED AFTER THE CITY OF SEATTLE'S RACIAL EQUITY TO, AND, UH, IT IS ALSO SOMETHING THAT THE TEAM STARTED PUTTING TOGETHER INTERDEPARTMENTALLY, UM, BASED STRATEGIC DIRECTION TEAMS STARTED PUTTING TOGETHER INSIDE OF OUR OWN DEPARTMENT.

SO, UM, THERE ARE SOME USEFUL DEFINITIONS THAT WOULD HELP, UM, PEOPLE UNDERSTAND.

UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE SOMETIMES GET CONFUSED ABOUT IS WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EQUITY AND EQUALITY, RIGHT? AND SO EQUITY AND RACIAL EQUITY IS A CONDITION THAT EXISTS WHEN RACE NO LONGER PREDICTS THE PERSON'S QUALITY OF LIFE OR OUTCOMES IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UH, IMPLICIT BIAS IS A NEGATIVE ASSOCIATION THAT PEOPLE UNKNOWINGLY HOLD OR EXPRESS, UH, WITHOUT CONSCIOUSNESS OR AWARENESS ABOUT SOMEONE OR, UM, IN THIS CASE OR SOMETHING.

RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

NEXT, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO AS WE DEVELOP THE PRODUCT OR THE TEMPLATE, THE TOOL, THE FEEDBACK WAS PROVIDED BY STRATEGIC INITIATIVE, DIRECTION STAFF, ALSO RESOURCE RECOVERY, UH, DIVISION MANAGERS, UH, NON AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY, CITY PEERS, AND EXTERNAL SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS.

WE HAD POSITIVE FEEDBACK OVER ALL COMMENTS FOCUSED ON, UH, AR OUR EQUITY

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GOALS, TIME NEEDED TO COMPLETE.

THE TOOL WAS A BIG CONCERN FOR FOLKS AS THEY MOVE FORWARD, TO ROLL OUT A NEW PROGRAM ON SOME, A NEW ENGAGEMENT EFFORT.

UH, WE USE IT TO EVEN, UM, TO DO SURVEYS OR TO DO PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING.

THIS WILL BE SOMETHING THAT WE USE GOING FORWARD, AND EVENTUALLY WE'LL START TO USE IT MORE, UH, ON AN INWARD FOCUSED BASIS AS WELL.

UH, WE PROVIDE A MECHANISM FOR ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE PUBLIC, AND THAT'S A BIG DEAL WITH THIS TOOL.

UM, LANGUAGE CLARIFICATION'S ONE OF THE BIG AREAS OF CONCERN IS THAT ARE WE SPEAKING TO PEOPLE IN A WAY THAT THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT WE MEAN, UH, VERSUS US SPEAKING AMONGST OURSELVES AND LANGUAGE THAT WE UNDERSTAND, BECAUSE IT'S A, IT'S A LANGUAGE THAT MAY BE GERMANE TO US, BUT NOT NECESSARILY TO ANYONE ELSE.

UM, AND THEN WE ALSO TOOK EDITORIAL RECOMMENDATIONS AND MADE MODIFICATIONS AS NEEDED TO THE TOOL.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THE PURPOSE OF THE EQUITY TOOL, UH, THEY ARE OUR EQUITY RACIAL TWO PROVIDES A PROCESS AND QUESTIONS TO GUIDE THE DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION, AND EVALUATION OF OUR EXTERNAL INITIATIVES AND HELP US TO HELPS US IDENTIFY WHERE ADDRESS IMPACTS A RACIAL EQUITY.

SO BASICALLY WHAT IT IS, IT'S A SERIES OF QUESTIONS THAT HELPS TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN YOU'RE ENGAGING WITH THE COMMUNITY, UM, IN THIS CASE, UM, UH, IN A WAY THAT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE NOT FORGETTING TO, UM, TO, TO ASK CERTAIN QUESTIONS.

I HEARD A QUESTION EARLIER FROM ONE OF THE COMMISSIONERS REGARDING, UM, BASICALLY, UH, OVER-SERVICING A CERTAIN AREA MAYBE BECAUSE THEY COMPLAIN A LOT MORE.

ONE OF THE FEATURES OF THIS TOOL IS IT ASKS A QUESTION ALSO ABOUT WHO WE NOT HEARING FROM.

AND THEN WHAT DID WE PUT IN PLACE TO ENGAGE THE PEOPLE THAT WE'RE NOT HEARING FROM SO THAT WE GET THEIR VOICE ON THE TABLE AND THAT WE'RE ABLE TO ENGAGE WITH THEM AND MEET THEIR EXPECTATIONS.

AND THEN SOMETIMES IT'LL, IT'LL PROMPT US TO ASK THE QUESTIONS AS WELL, WHY AREN'T WE HEARING FROM THEM? AND THEN WE DEVELOP ACTION PLANS TO CLOSE THOSE GINS, NEXT SLIDE.

SO WHAT IF SOME OF THE EQUITY TEAM GOALS OR OUR EQUITY GOALS FOR THE DEPARTMENT? SO WE WANT TO DEVELOP AND INVEST IN ANTI-RACIST PROGRAMS, SERVICES, AND PROJECTS THAT PRIORITIZE THE NEED OF AUSTIN'S COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.

THAT IS ONE ANOTHER NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, TO STRENGTHEN OUR UNDERSTANDING OF, AND RESPONSE TO COMMUNITY NEEDS BY REGULARLY ASSESSING AND ENHANCING ESTABLISHED PROCESSES, SYSTEMS, AND STRUCTURES TO BETTER SERVE UNDERREPRESENTED COMMUNITIES AND THOSE MOST EFFECTIVE NEXT LINE.

IT ALSO HELPS US TO COMMUNICATE IN A MANNER THAT IS CULTURALLY RELEVANT, THAT IS STUPID, RELEVANT, AND ACCESSIBLE TO DIVERSE COMMUNITIES, FOCUSING ON COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE COMMUNITIES AND INDIVIDUALS WITH VISIBLE OR VISUAL OR HEARING IMPAIRMENT, NEXT SLIDE.

AND LASTLY, IT HELPS US TO CULTIVATE A WORKFORCE THAT UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF RACIAL EQUITY AND HOW THEIR WORK CAN ADVANCE RACIAL JUSTICE IN AUSTIN.

AND THIS IS A GREAT WAY, AGAIN, FOR US TO MAKE SURE THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR PROGRAMMING, THAT WE UNDERSTAND HOW TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THOSE THAT WE'RE SERVING.

IF THERE ARE NO QUESTIONS, THAT IS MY LAST SLIDE, AND I WILL TURN IT BACK OVER TO COMMISSIONER WHITE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, MR. SNIPES.

I REALLY APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT Y'ALL ARE DOING.

WHO HAS QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? GO AHEAD.

I'M SORRY.

I, I CAN'T, I, I'M NOT SURE THAT I, THAT I CAN ACTUALLY SEE WHO YOU, WHO YOU ARE, BUT WHOEVER YOU ARE WITH YOUR HAND RAISED, I'M SORRY, CAN YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF? HEY, Y'ALL, UH, HARRIS CRUSHY FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION.

UM, YEAH, SO, UH, YOU KNOW, MR. SNIPES OR KEN, HOWEVER YOU PREFER TO BE ADDRESSED, YOU KNOW, UH, APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION.

DEFINITELY.

UH, VERY INFORMATIVE.

UM, YEAH, SO I GUESS MY QUESTION WAS ON LIKE THE WASTE TRANSFER STATION, UH, THE WAY THAT YOU DESCRIBE IT, IT SOUNDS LIKE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT AUSTIN HAS HONESTLY PROBABLY NEEDED FOR A LITTLE BIT.

AND, YOU KNOW, THE SUDDEN GROWTH THAT WE'VE EXPERIENCED IS CERTAINLY GOING TO EXACERBATE THIS ISSUE.

UH, YOU I'M A JADED EAST CIDER.

SO I FEEL LIKE THERE WERE DEFINITELY NEVER BE A WASTE TRANSFER STATION ON THE WEST SIDE WOULD PROBABLY BE ON THE EAST SIDE.

AND I, YOU KNOW, WITH THE RECENT AFFORDABILITY ISSUES THAT WE'VE HAD IN DAWSON AREA, LET ALONE CENTRAL AUSTIN, DO, YOU KNOW, IT'S HARD FOR ME TO IMAGINE IT BEING IN LIKE A CENTRAL LOCATION, WHICH I WOULD IMAGINE THAT WE WOULD WANT IT TO BE GIVEN THAT WE WERE PROBABLY ONLY GOING TO BE ABLE TO BUILD ONE AND NOT TWO A WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS, RIGHT.

WOULD IT BE FEASIBLE TO HAVE IT LIKE OUTSIDE OF CENTRAL AUSTIN? OBVIOUSLY, I GUESS THE LANDFILL IS IN CREEDMORE.

AND SO YOU WOULD NEED TRUCKS GOING FROM THIS TRANSFER STATION TO THE LANDFILL AND CREED MORE,

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UM, I GUESS THOUGHTS.

YEAH.

GREAT QUESTIONS.

SO FOR SURE, WE KNOW WE WANT, OR WE NEED ONE TRANSFER STATION PREFERABLY ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE CITY, BECAUSE THE LANDFILL IS SO FAR SOUTH, SO IT WOULD MAKE SENSE TO HAVE SOMETHING LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE CITY.

AGAIN, THE FURTHEST DISTANCE FROM THAT, THAT OUR TRUCKS TRAVEL IS FROM THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE CITY.

UH, AND SO IDEALLY WE WOULD WANT SOMETHING POSITIONED IN THAT AREA.

UM, BUT FOR SURE, SOMETHING ON THE NORTH SIDE, UH, IS, IS IDEALLY WHERE WE WOULD WANT THAT TYPE OF FACILITY, THAT'S WHERE WE WOULD GAIN THE MOST BENEFIT FROM IT.

UM, AND SO THAT'S WHAT WE WOULD HOPE TO DO IS POSITION IT SOMEWHERE THERE FOR SURE.

I APPRECIATE IT.

YOU'RE WELCOME, KEN, ON THAT TOPIC OF THE TRANSFER STATION, CAN YOU JUST EXPLAIN A LITTLE MORE LIKE HOW IT, HOW IT ENABLES THE ELECTRIFICATION, LIKE ARE THE TRUCKS THAT ARE CURRENTLY MAKING THEIR WAY TO THE LANDFILLS OR THE, YOU KNOW, OTHER FACILITIES? ARE THEY NOT FULL OR ARE THEY ABLE TO COMPACT THINGS MORE AT THE TRANSFER STATION? CAN YOU JUST EXPLAIN THAT A LITTLE BIT? SURE.

SO IF YOU COULD IMAGINE, IF YOU HAD A WA PER STATION ON THE NORTH SIDE OF TOWN, THEN TRUCKS WHO ARE SERVICING THAT AREA WOULD JUST DRIVE FROM THEIR ROUTE AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO THE COLLECTION FACILITY, TO THE TRANSFER STATION, AND THEN RIGHT BACK OUT TO THE ROUTE.

SO YOU'RE TALKING IN SOME CASES, PROBABLY 10 MINUTES, 12 MINUTES, 15 MINUTES TO GET BACK OUT ONTO THE ROUTE.

CURRENTLY THE TRUCKS ARE DRIVING ALL