City of AUSTIN Full of DAM SOCIALISTS Who Are STEALING Land They Should Protect Instead of DAMING Onion Creek, Government Stealing Land With Other People's Money

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By Ben Barrack

Water supply is a problem in Austin, TX. So is flooding. On top of that, far more people are moving to the area than are moving out. As a result, the area needs dams – lots of them. At times, the two largest dams in the area do not provide enough water.

The Mansfield Dam sits on the Colorado River and forms Lake Travis to the northwest of Austin. The Canyon Dam sits on the Guadalupe River and forms Canyon Lake about 40 miles southwest of Austin.

Just southeast of the city sits Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) Headquarters. TPWD is a state government entity. It operates on a nearly $400 million annual budget. In 2017, its state park budget was 34% of that budget, more than $125 million. Especially relevant is that its headquarters sits along an ideal site for a dam. As a result, a dam that should have already been built, has not been.

Why? McKinney Falls State Park sits along Onion Creek. So does TPWD headquarters.

Onion Creek, which snakes through southwest and northeast Austin, runs through the park. As it exits the park, it runs under Booth Bridge, on its way to the lower Colorado River. If the Army Corps of Engineers were to dam Onion Creek, the optimal spot – based solely on topography – would be just to the west of that bridge. As a result, McKinney Falls State Park would become a lake.

TPWD has no interest in that. Check out its mission statement:

To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

That mission statement explains why McKinney Falls Park isn’t Mckinney Falls Lake.

Flood McKinney Falls Park

If Austin were to dam Onion Creek, it should do so in multiple spots. However, one spot is obvious, based on the terrain. That spot would flood a State Park and turn it into a lake. The lake would cover approximately three square miles.

To say that TPWD would resist is an understatement. A dam at that location would flood the entire park.

That doesn’t make it any less right.

The creek bed lies about 50 feet below Booth Bridge. However, both sides of the creek rise that high as well. Google Maps shows just how far water will back up.

Government Winning Big

The Texas State Government has a great deal going. So does the city of Austin. Taxpayers fund TPWD. As such, they also fund McKinney Falls Park. Nonetheless, every taxpayer must pay $6 to enter the park.

The city of Austin and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers got together in 1999. They began work on a plan to control flooding along Onion Creek.

They concluded that it was necessary for the government to force people out of their homes. Instead of building dams and reservoirs, these wizards of smart decided the best course of action was to secure taxpayer dollars for a buyout program.

In 2014, the city partnered with the federal government. Together, they allocated a total of $72.5 million taxpayer dollars to the project. The city would only have to cover 35% of that to purchase 483 properties. The Feds picked up the rest. As a result, Austin’s city government paid only $53,830 per property valued at more than 3x’s that amount.

As a result, the city used money it did not earn to purchase land it had no right to. In fact, taxpayers from outside the state of Texas paid the lion’s share. Instead of using that money to build dams and reservoirs to protect homeowners, it stole from them. Do you think the city is beholden to the feds?

What is government going to do with this land? Well, it’s going to turn some of it into parks, of course. As such, TPWD will be the beneficiary of more land so that it can better fulfill its mission statement.

Much like water, government took the path of least resistance. It’s much easier to steal land for “restoration projects” than it is to build dams and serve the people.

“Dams”, not “Dam”

As mentioned, a dam at McKinney Falls should not be the only one. It should be one of many. Those who object to turning that park into a lake will point to flooding upstream. They will claim the buyouts would still be necessary.

However, there are plenty of places upstream for additional dams. Look at this map from the City of Austin:

Floodplain Map via City of Austin

The Pleasant Valley and Pinehurst areas are both upstream from McKinney Falls. However, a dam just west of Slaughter Lane would control flooding in Pleasant Valley. Instead of government buying out those homes, it could protect them.

So how about the Pinehurst area? How would that be protected?

Farther upstream sits a small dam just to the west of Interstate 35. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should enlarge it and reinforce it. There is plenty of room for a lake or reservoir there. In addition, even farther upstream and southwest is another ideal location for a dam.

On the AustinTexas.Gov website, the word “dam” isn’t mentioned once. This is the closest the authors come:

…studies have all found many drawbacks to other types of solutions, resulting in the recommendation for buyouts.

How come we’re not told about the “drawbacks” of dams? Could it be that the city doesn’t want to take the losing side of a sensible solution it rejects?

This is Socialism

Government at every level fights to protect itself. One way it does this is through propaganda. Below is a video produced by the city. Notice how it exploits the victims. The city attempts to convince people that government theft of their land is a good thing. If that sounds like socialism, it’s because it is:

Onion Creek covers 344 square miles. As such, it is Austin’s largest watershed.

Instead of protecting the area from flooding and drought, the city continues looking out for itself at the expense of its citizens. Those citizens must start holding government more accountable.


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