Controlling Boggy : a historical study of creek channelization in Austin, Texas
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Boggy Creek in East Austin, Texas, was channelized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1980s due to frequent and severe flooding throughout the 1960s and ‘70s. This paper delves into the history of the creek and the community around it leading up to that channelization, situating the story in context to Austin’s regulatory, social, and environmental history, as well as the broader history of federal flood control and ecological planning in the U.S. Ultimately, the channelization led to negative environmental affects for the creek that persist today, and this paper aims to begin a discussion on how the creek can be improved and possibly restored in the future while recognizing the many obstacles that exist.