The University of Texas at Austin’s main campus grounds are now nearly 100% organic. This makes the 431 acres the largest organic landscaping in the Texas capitol, providing visible ecosystem benefits and saving money.
For the last 25 years, the Hendrickson Lab has been monitoring the fishes of Waller Creek on the UT campus. Their findings: the dominant species have not changed, but at least five native species that were rare in the 70s are now gone. They have also recorded a new invasive, albeit beautiful, species from northern Mexico – the Variable Platyfish (Xiphophorus variatus).
Jim Walker, Director of Sustainability at The University of Texas at Austin, writes in The Daily Texan about the recent revitalization of Waller Creek on campus due to the work of Landscape Services, Environmental Health and Safety, and other UT entities.