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Posted on: May 12, 2020

City of Marble Falls Awarded 2.2 Million Dollar Grant

The City of Marble Falls has been awarded an Emergency Watershed Protection Program Grant in the amount of $2,285,000 to repair bank erosion from the 2018 storm event.   The grant is part of the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The grant monies will be utilized to improve five public property sites:

Proposed Project

Project Description

Proposed Options

Backbone Creek at Ave. N

Erosion in Backbone Creek upstream and downstream of Avenue N bridge

Fill in scour hole. Armor banks with riprap, and/or sediment removal


Raw Water Intake 

Sediment deposit along Lake Marble Falls shoreline, which could threaten critical infrastructure

Armor banks with rock riprap. Fill any scour pockets with flowable fill, and/or minimize sediment deposit.

Backbone Creek at Lake Marble Falls 

Bank erosion in Backbone Creek near the previous LCRA transmission tower

Sheet piling with concrete cap. Limestone block wall, and/or site grading for future development.

Backbone Creek at Ave. J 

Erosion in Backbone Creek upstream and downstream of Avenue J Bridge


Install sheet piling with concrete cap. Armor existing trees, and/or tie into existing sheet piling and Ave J Bridge.

Backbone Creek at Buena Vista Drive 

Bank erosion and structural damage in Backbone Creek adjacent to Buena Vista Dr.

Sheet piling. Limestone block wall, and/or site grading for future development.


Due to the scope and urgency of these projects, the projects would have to be completed with or without the grant funding. This grant is extremely beneficial because it provides our community money for projects that would otherwise be funded by local tax dollars.  

The selected five projects have numerous benefits for our community, including stabilizing bank erosion and access, protection of creeks and parkland, beautification, and preservation of the City’s natural resources.

Construction is anticipated to begin Fall 2020 and be completed by Winter 2020/2021.

“This grant is the largest single grant the City of Marble Falls has ever received. These projects will provide long-term stabilization and protection of the project’s eroded banks in our public park and waterfront space. A special thanks to City Engineer, Kacey Paul, P.E., for identifying this grant opportunity and leading the effort to apply and receive this funding for our community.” – Caleb Kraenzel, Assistant City Manager

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