Barton Springs University 2016 happens next Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Barton Springs. Don't miss this best ever opportunity to take a wellness and learning day for yourself, family and friends.
We have learning sessions scheduled throughout the day, featuring leading experts on the science, use, and management of our Central Texas waters. There will be snorkel tours and hands on water quality, aquatic biology, fish and fishing, and water monitoring demonstrations. Plus live music, food and the always beautiful and refreshing waters of the best swimming hole in Texas. Go here to see the schedule and here to learn about the speakers. You can view the site map here.
Don't miss the evening keynote address at 6:00 p.m. by Texas' leading water and wildlife expert, Dr. Andrew Sansom. Sansom is the Executive Director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University and former Executive Director of both the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and Texas Nature Conservancy. Andy will be speaking on "How do we do it?; Protecting our home waters while population doubles." Stay afterward for Poolside Live with Austin's best world music band Atash and Mr. Habitat, Bill Oliver and his Otter Space Band.
Get all of the details at BartonSpringsUniversity.org.
Do not miss Barton Springs University - a full day of outdoor learning at Barton Springs. Set for 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 28th, come for all or part of the day to swim, snorkel, hear live music, and learn from our region's top experts on the science, use, and management of our Central Texas waters.
Learning sessions at four venues on the south side of Barton Springs run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Get eel Austin!: The Whole Story About the Weirdest Fish in Town is our lunch time keynote address by Dean Hendrickson, Ph.D., Curator of Ichthyology at U.T.'s Department of Integrative Biology. Andrew Sansom, Executive Director of the Meadows Center for Water and Environment, will deliver our 6:00 p.m. evening keynote "How do we do it? Protecting our home waters as population doubles?" "Poolside Live" performances by award winning world music group ATASH and Mr. Habitat, Bill Oliver will follow.
There will be food trailers available in the south parking area from lunch time until early evening. Lunch tickets will be sold at the SOS headquarters tent. Pool entry will be free for the day. Check out the full program here and the short promotional video HERE. Please spread the word! #BartonSpringsUniversity
Keep Mopac Local coalition leaders who filed suit in February to stop the proposed SH 45 SW/South Mopac toll loop from being built without a comprehensive federal environmental lawsuit won the first round. Late Tuesday U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel denied the Defendants' Motions to Dismiss the case across the board. Read the Statesman story and the Austin Monitor coverage at the links. The court's order is here. folder Legal Documents
This is just the first round. Next Judge Yeakel will decide if Plaintiffs are entitled to discover agency documents relevant to TxDOT's decisions to chop up the toll loop into four separate pieces for purposes of environmental analysis. TxDOT and CTRMA have opposed all discovery of agency documents which they have not deemed part of the official "administrative record." A hearing on preliminary injunction is likely in mid-October. Please stay tuned.
The Statesman reported on TxDOT’s failed attempt to legalize the harm to endangered Golden-cheeked warblers that would result from construction of the proposed SH 45 SW toll extension of South Mopac. TxDOT requested to pay into the joint City of Austin/Travis County federal permit and Balcones Canyonlands Plan in order to mitigate for destroying and fragmenting over 100 acres of GCW habitat.
City officials rejected the TxDOT request, noting that building SH 45 SW would violate the City/County permit terms requiring protection of Flint Ridge Cave. Flint Ridge is one of the largest caves in Travis County, is home to rare cave-dwelling invertebrates, and funnels large amounts of water directly into the aquifer, where it flows through open channels in the rock to Barton Springs within a few days.
Barton Springs University (BSU) will be held September 28th from 8am until 9pm at Barton Springs Pool. BSU is a full day of outdoor learning and fun at Barton Springs Pool with learning sessions and hands-on activities. It also includes an evening keynote as well as live music. The event is designed for high school and college students and the general public.
BSU is organized by the Save Our Springs Alliance in partnership with, among others, the University of Texas Environmental Science Institute, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, the City of Austin Parks & Recreation and Watershed Protection Departments, the City of Austin, Texas State University, the Austin Independent School District, Lone Star Sierra Club, and Save Barton Creek Association.