Barton Springs is the Soul of Austin, Texas
Nestled in the heart of Austin, Texas, Barton Springs is a natural paradise fed by underground springs. Renowned for its year-round 68º sparkling waters and lush surroundings, Barton Springs is a haven for people, wildlife, and several endangered species. Barton Springs is fed by the Edwards Aquifer, a vast and vital underground water source that runs beneath the Texas Hill Country. Edwards Aquifer sustains drinking water and nourishes our ecosystems. These two interconnected wonders define Austin, offering relaxation, recreation, and supporting life, which is why safeguarding them is crucial for our city and the environment.
Since 1992, the Save Our Springs Alliance (SOS) has been dedicated to protecting Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer.
1992 SOS Ordinance
Led the effort to pass the Save Our Springs Initiative Ordinance that enhanced water quality standards for development within the Barton Springs Zone of the Edwards Aquifer
Raising Conservation Funds
Helped secure over $260 million in voter-approved funds for conservation lands to protect the Edwards Aquifer and Barton Springs
Endangered Species Listings
Petitioned and won legal actions to require endangered species listings for the Barton Springs, Austin Blind, and Jollyville Plateau salamanders
Austin's Water Watchdog
Fought to keep major highway expansions and pipelines out of the Hill Country and away from environmentally sensitive watersheds
Save Our Springs Alliance is dedicated to the pursuit of charitable, educational, and scientific endeavors, aligning with the standards set for 501(c)(3) organizations. Our focus extends to comprehensive educational initiatives aimed at fostering appreciation and understanding of the remarkable Barton Springs, the Edwards Aquifer, and the broader natural, cultural, and civic landscape of Central Texas and its downstream regions.
SOS advocates for strong Edwards Aquifer watershed protection policies in the face of the rapid climate shifts. This involves monitoring land development, advocating for responsible land use & wastewater practices, and supporting measures to prevent pollution and over-pumping of groundwater. These efforts ensure Barton Springs runs clean and clear for decades to come.
Education and Outreach
Through public awareness campaigns, community outreach, and educational programs, SOS aims to alert residents, local business owners, and policymakers about the importance of preserving Edwards Aquifer, Barton Springs, and the critical Recharge Zone.
When necessary, SOS Alliance takes legal action to protect the Edwards Aquifer and the Texas Hill Country. By challenging developments and practices that pose significant threats to water quality via litigation or policy advocacy, we apply parameters to an otherwise unchecked growth engine.