South River City Citizens
neighborhood association
Austin, Texas
Blunn Creek
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Tour Blunn Creek in SRCC-land in 8 minutes via video
courtesy of neighbor Tim Mahoney (the foregoing link is directly to the video itself; here's a link to the front door of the video-blog site)
Any historians and photographers of Blunn Creek? As part of better understanding the long-term changes in Blunn Creek, we'd like to start collecting any old photos of the creek, or stories about the stream. We're trying to show whether, how, at what rate, and where the creek has been eroding. Can you please look through your old shoeboxes of creek photos, or ask your older neighbors, to help us understand the history of the stream's erosion? Please send any copies of photos, or comments from SRCC-area residents, to: David Todd, 709 East Monroe Street, Austin, TX 78704-3131,, 416-0400

Undercut bank, 9 to 12 tall and 60 to 65 feet long, abutting East Side and west side of Blunn Creek, in block between Woodland and East Monroe.

Eroded bank, 14 feet tall and 30 feet long, abutting and undercutting Sunset Road, roughly 120 feet south of Fairmount, with 35-inch-diameter oak lost

Collapsed bank, 4 to 9 feet tall by 35 feet long, on east side of creek, roughly 50 feet south of the Woodland bridge, showing a 14-inch juniper that has been lost in the erosion.

View these photographs at higher resolution at Kodak Ofoto site.

View some two dozen photographs, with captions, detailing the conditions along the course of Blunn Creek as it nears Town Lake (an Adobe Reader *.pdf file; obtain free Adobe Reader if you don't have it). (Photographs and captions by D. Todd.)

There were two walks along the northern end of Blunn Creek to take a look at erosion problems between Pecan Grove and East Live Oak and discuss possible responses, as well as to view the wastewater lines in the creek bed (view minutes of walks). Along for one walk was Megan Byars, Austin Watershed Protection Division; along for the second were Brian Noble, from the TCEQ Pollution Prevention and Business Assistance program, and Ginny Rohlich, from the Austin Watershed Protection Division). "In many ways, this is a continuation of the fine work done by Karin Ascot, René Barrera, Mike Kelly, John Gleason, Ken Zarker, Jeff Kessel, and many others who have worked in the past on trying to stabilize the creek. All interested are invited to join one of the walks."

This information and these photographs are by David Todd, who can provide more information if needed.

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