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In August 1992, Austin voters overwhelmingly approved the SOS Water Quality Ordinance and the Save Our Springs Alliance was incorporated to defend and advocate for the ordinance, Barton Springs, and the Edwards Aquifer ecosystem.

Now, 22 years later, as the threats to Barton Springs and the aquifer unfortunately continue,  we're still here fighting to protect them.

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Wildflower Center Joins the Battle Against Mindless Mopac Expansion
Friday, 28 August 2015

TxDOT's blind rush to convert Mopac from a local commuter highway into a second Interstate 35 through Austin hit another major pothole last week. In commenting on the proposed SH 45 SW toll road and Mopac expansion, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center wrote: to TxDOT and its toll road partner, CTRMA, that:
"We feel the Selected [SH 45 SW] Alternative as currently designed to funnel 30,000 plus vehicles a day past the Wildflower Center will have a significant adverse impact on the Wildflower Center and jeopardizes its viability." 

With its letter, the Wildflower Center joined the City of Austin, the City of Rollingwood, Austin High School leaders, and the Keep Mopac Local coalition of neighborhood and environmental groups in calling for a halt to the current scheme to build the SH 45 SW/Mopac expansion loop in a piecemeal fashion and without a comprehensive analysis of the harm that will be done and the available alternatives.

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Thank You!!
Wednesday, 01 July 2015

Thank you !! to all our sponsors, volunteers, members, musicians, and everyone else who pitched in or participated in Barton Springs Fest. The snorkel tours, documentary clips from the 25 year "save our springs" effort, live music, free watermelon, and storytelling all added up to a great day at Barton Springs. Special thanks to Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea for speaking and recognizing that keeping Barton Springs clean and flowing requires constant vigilance and community action. Another special thanks to pool manager, Nichole Bohner and the pool staff for their help and awesome support and to Mark Jensen, owner of  the ABGB for a fabulous after party.     

 
Take Action to Keep Mopac Local
Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Our local toll road agency, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) and TxDOT hosted a public hearing on Thursday, July 30th at Bowie High School on the proposed "Mopac Intersections" piece of the much larger proposed 45SW/Mopac expansion toll loop. This specific piece would stretch 2 miles, adding six lanes, 3 each way, in the currently green median from the southern end of Mopac (at 45SW) to north of Slaughter Lane. Don't be fooled by the "intersections" name: this is key segment in the plan to convert Mopac from a local commuter highway to a second Interstate 35 through Austin.  Please take a minute to send a comment to the official CTRMA/TxDOT public comment process for their "Mopac Intersections" project. Send the suggested comment at the link, or write your own, no later than August 10th. You can read the draft "Mopac Intersections" environmental assessment here. We'll also make sure that local officials with a stake in the matter receive a copy of your message. And we will keep you posted with occasional updates. With your help we can keep a second I-35 out of south, west, and north Austin.    

 

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