Erosion Control Issues at 1402 Oxford Ave, Austin, Texas

The following photos (in chronological order) show a consistent failure to meet the erosion control regulations, starting from 03 Jun 2021 and lasting through the most recent photo from 27 Nov 2021.

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Thursday, 03 Jun 2021

There are no erosion controls across driveway (Photo 1). The video follows the muddy runoff leaving the site because there are no controls across the driveway.


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Monday, 19 Jul 2021

Although not as sloping as some sites, this site still has enough slope to create problems. Sediment is still leaving the site even though there are two sets of mulch socks (Photo 1). The problem may be that the upper mulch sock does not overlap the mulch sock on the right, and it looks like it only butts up to the silt fence on the left allowing sediment to escape around the ends. If the builder is not going to be able to control sediment leaving the site, they should at least be required to clean up the released sediment all the way down the block to Dywer and part way down Dywer. See the photos from the next morning of the sediment that was deposited along Oxford from this site (Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5).


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Sunday, 15 Aug 2021

This is a continuing problem site. Photo 1 shows the muddy water coming off of the site. Photo 2 (taken a little later) shows that some of the mud has piled up and was captured behind the mulch sock but much of it flowed over it as evidenced by the muddy water in the gutter. The sediment is flowing from underneath the rolloff because there is no control above it. The small mulch sock in the gutter by the telephone pole was placed there by the adjacent homeowner to try and prevent mud from being deposited in front of his house.


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Monday, 11 Oct 2021

Mulch socks like these (especially flattened mulch socks) are not going to stop runoff and sediment from leaving a site. Mulch socks have their purposes, but sites like this with significant slope require silt fences. Otherwise, sediment will not be contained. The small mulch sock in the downstream gutter was placed there by the homeowner next door who was tired of sediment piling up in the gutter front of his house. It caught some of the sediment that came off of the site though much of it went around it. The City was notified and indicated that the issue would be addressed within 24 hours.


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Saturday, 23 Oct 2021

The erosion controls on this site are a disaster. There is no chance these are going to stop any sediment from leaving the site. Nothing has been done to correct the lack of adequate erosion controls even though the City promised on 11 Oct 2021 to address the issue within 24 hours.. If anything, the situation has deteriorated even more. One of three things has happened: 1) the site was not been inspected within the promised 24 hours or even within the last 12 days, 2) the site was inspected and the inspector felt the controls were adequate, or 3) the site was inspected and the builder was informed of the problems but did nothing. If #1 is true, City staff needs to follow through if they promise inspection within 24 hours. If #2 above is true, then more training of the inspectors is necessary.  If #3 above is true, then the City is not applying sufficient sanctions and fines to compel compliance.


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Tuesday, 26 Oct 2021

The City of Austin apparently issued an Administrative Hold on this site on October 24 related to erosion controls, but it doesn't seem to have done much good as it doesn't stop work. Things have gotten even worse in the last three days. What little erosion control measures existed previously (the flattened mulch socks) have been removed. The ground has been disturbed even more, leaving a pile of dirt and more loose sediment to be washed off. There is a 98% chance of rain tonight with possible severe thunderstorms and more rain predicted tomorrow evening. The neighbor next door to 1402 Oxford has been battling the sediment from this site for months. He even purchased a few short mulch socks himself to put in the gutter in front of his house to try and stop some of the sediment from the site being deposited in front of his house. After each rainfall, he goes out and cleans the mud out of his gutter. He shouldn’t have to do this.


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Wednesday, 27 Oct 2021

The predicted rainfall occurred and sediment was washed off of the site.


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Tuesday, 02 Nov 2021

The builder has placed rock onto half of the property possibly in response to the Administrative Hold, but there are still no perimeter controls. This will not prevent sediment and muddy runoff from leaving the site.


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Tuesday, 03 Nov 2021

Muddy runoff is leaving the site over the rock as evidenced by the muddy water in the gutter (Photo 1). The muddy runoff continues progressivley down the street (Photo 2). This was after a rainfall event of only 0.32 inches.


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Friday, 05 Nov 2021

Sediment has collected in the gutter downstream as a result of the repeated erosion from the site. The builder has never been required to clean it up.


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Saturday, 20 Nov 2021

The builder continues to work despite the Administrative Hold. Apparently an Administrative Hold does not stop work or encourage the builder to correct the problems. There are still no perimeter controls. Small piles of sand have now been piled on top of the rocks by the masons. This sand will wash of in rain events. Dirt and debris are visible in the gutter. The mud and sediment that has collected in the gutter downstream has still never been cleaned up.


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Saturday, 27 Nov 2021

There are still no perimeter controls. More dirt and debris are visible in the gutter.


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