Archived Newsletters

SOS Member Survey

Please take 3 minutes and go HERE to take the SOS member survey. We want to be the best possible water watchdog for Austin, Barton Springs, and the Edwards Aquifer. We need your feedback to strengthen our work. Thank you for your assistance!

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Living Springs documentary needs SOS member support

Media producer and U.T. Faculty Member Karen Kocher's documentary Living Springs series needs our help by September 8th. Please consider a donation today to this excellent online Barton Springs education project through Kickstarter. Let's help Karen meet her $5000 Sept. 8th goal to finish up the current phase of the project.

SOS Aquifer Toll Road Comments

While juggling vacation after Barton Springs Fest, SOS Alliance's team of lawyers and water, wildlife and transportation experts filed detailed comments on TxDOT's and CTRMA's draft environmental impact statement on the proposed SH 45 SW toll road. Our team's comments are collected into one document HERE for those interested in learning more. The battle over 45SW and the proposed conversion of Mopac from a local commuter highway to Interstate 35 West will heat up in the weeks ahead.

Drought Deepens

On August 14th the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District declared a "Stage II Alarm Drought" as Barton Springs flows dropped below 38 cubic feet per second. The USGS reports today's Barton Springs flow at 29 cfs. Meanwhile, the Highland Lakes continue dropping, to 35% full, with inflows to the lakes at less than 20 percent of the long-term average. Please do your part to save water at home, work and school.

DONATE TO SOS Alliance - Austin's Water Watchdog

Save Our Springs Alliance is the only watchdog organization working full time with scientists, lawyers, and educators to protect the land, water and wildlife of the Hill Country and the Edwards Aquifer Ecosystem. We simply cannot do this work without the continued support of donors like you.   Please consider becoming a member today! Thank you for your consideration. Click HERE to make your donation online or mail to: SOS, 905 W. Oltorf, Ste A, Austin, TX  78704.

While juggling vacation after Barton Springs Fest, SOS Alliance's team of lawyers and water, wildlife and transportation experts filed detailed comments on TxDOT's and CTRMA's draft environmental impact statement on the proposed SH 45 SW toll road. Our team's comments are collected into one document HERE for those interested in learning more. The battle over 45SW and the proposed conversion of Mopac from a local commuter highway to Interstate 35 West will heat up in the weeks ahead.

Living Springs documealtntary needs SOS member support - Media producer and U.T. Faculty Member Karen Kocher's documentary Living Springs series needs our help by September 8th. Please consider a donation today to this excellent online Barton Springs education project through Kickstarter. Let's help Karen meet her $5000 Sept. 8th goal to finish up the current phase of the project.

TxDOT will close the public comment period on the proposed SH 45 SW toll road draft environmental impact statement TODAY, Wednesday August 13th. Please go HERE to file a quick comment for the official public record. Please send your comment on the proposed SH 45 SW toll road before midnight tonight, Wednesday, August 13th.

We have provided a suggested message for you at the link, but please write your own message on the matter if you are so inspired, or add to the message we have provided. You can also read the July update on the Keep Mopac Local campaign here.  Thanks to everyone who has filed comments on the draft EIS already - and please do so NOW if you have not already.

Barton Springs Fest Photos are now on our website. View them HERE.

Help stop the conversion of Mopac from a local commuter highway to an alternative Interstate 35 West.  Take action above and make a donation to SOS.  Thank you for your consideration.  You can donate online HERE.

TxDOT will close the public comment period on the proposed SH 45 SW toll road draft environmental impact statement tomorrow, Wednesday August 13th. Please go HERE to file a quick comment for the official public record.Please send your comment on the proposed SH 45 SW toll road before midnight, Wednesday, August 13th.

We have provided a suggested message for you at the link, but please write your own message on the matter if you are so inspired, or add to the message we have provided. You can also read the July update on the Keep Mopac Local campaign here. Thanks to everyone who has filed comments on the draft EIS already - and please do so NOW if you have not already.

altaltBarton Springs Fest Success!!

Thank you to everyone who sponsored, snorkeled, swam, sang, played, danced, donated, drank, ate, yoga'd, taught, listened, learned or otherwise celebrated Barton Springs Fest with us last Saturday at Barton Springs. It was an overwhelming success.The water was cold, the music was hot. We are sorting through photos and more will be available to view soon!

 

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Please take action above and then donate to SOS Alliance to help us stop the conversion of Mopac from a local commuter highway to an alternative Interstate 35 West. Thank you for your consideration. You can donate online HERE.

TxDOT will close the public comment period on the proposed SH 45 SW toll road draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Wednesday August 13th. Please go HERE to file a quick comment for the official public record. Please send your comment before midnight, Wednesday, August 13th. We have provided a suggested message for you at the link, but please write your own message on the matter if you are so inspired, or add to the message we have provided. You can also read the July update on the Keep Mopac Local campaign here.  Thanks to everyone who has filed comments on the draft EIS already - and please do so NOW if you have not already.

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Today is the 22nd anniversary of the passing of the Save Our Springs Ordinance. On August 8, 1992 Austin voters cast their ballot in favor of the citizen-initiated Save Our Springs ordinance. Millions of developer dollars failed to dent public support for saving the springs for current and future generations, with the SOS ordinance passing with 64% of the vote.

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This Saturday, August 9th, we celebrate this anniversary with a full day of Barton Springs Fest activities. It's all free, so grab your friends, family, swimsuit and towel and come out for a day at the springs. Ride your bike if you are able.

The blessing of the springs ceremony is at 8am near the diving board and snorkeling tours start at 8:30am.

altThe snorkeling tours are almost full but we do have a couple of single spots left. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to grab these!

Barton Springs University starts at 10 AM. Click here to check out the schedule of speakers and panels. We will also have information on Austin's upcoming 10-1 district elections and SH45SW at our Action Centers.

Poets by the Pool will feature 12 local poets and songwriters from 10 AM - 4 PM by the statue at the front gate.

Live Music starts at 4 PM with Dave Madden Band, followed by the Minor Mishap Marching Band at 5 PM and Atash at 6 PM.

More details HERE. Share this link to Barton Springs Fest activities with your friends and family! See you Tomorrow!

altSwim, snorkel, listen, learn, dance and eat at Barton Springs Fest, all day this Saturday, August 9that Barton Springs. Check out Austin bands Atash, Minor Mishap Marching Band and Dave Madden (4 to 7 PM); Poets by the Pool, led by Thom the World Poet (10 AM to 4 PM); and Barton Springs University teaching sessions, with Austin's leading water experts (10 AM to 4 PM) Kids Fun with Mr. Habitat, Bill Oliver; and plenty of free watermelon! Get all of the details HERE.

Alert: Snorkel Tour spots are limited and going fast; sign up now for tours at 8:30; 8:45; or 9:00 AM. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a spot!

Water News Update

Last Tuesday several hundred people turned out at Bowie for a public hearing on TxDOT's draft SH 45 SW environmental impact statement. The City of Austin, SOS, and the KeepMopacLocal.org coalition have all requested that the document be withdrawn as fatally flawed and premature. The written public comment period continues until August 13th. Go to KeepMopacLocal.org to learn more and file a personal comment online. . . . This Thursday the Austin City Council will consider initial steps to begin implementing the recommendations of this summer's Austin Water Resources Planning Task Force. Read the excellent report from the Task Force here.

Donate to SOS

Save Our Springs Alliance has been Austin's water watchdog since 1992. We work with scientists, lawyers, and educators to protect the land, water and wildlife of the Hill Country and the Edwards Aquifer Ecosystem. We simply cannot do this work without the continued support of donors like you. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. Thank you for your consideration. Click HERE to make your donation online or mail to: SOS, 905 W. Oltorf, Ste A, Austin, TX 78704.

News Flash:

Last week the City of Austin asked TxDOT to pull the plug on its draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) because the document is woefully deficient in actual environmental analysis or honest evaluation of alternatives. Read the city manager's letter here. Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District technical staff made similar recommendations in their draft comments here.

Join us at the Public Hearing on the SH 45 SW aquifer toll road draft Environmental Statement today, Tuesday, July 29th at the Bowie High School auditorium and be heard. An "open house" begins at 5:00 p.m.; a presentation (aka sales pitch) will begin at 6:00 p.m. and public comment will be taken beginning around 6:30 p.m. Find us at the hearing tomorrow, read our summary of key points here and file your own written comments before the final deadline August 13th online here.  An update on the overall 45SW aquifer toll road picture is posted here.

News Flash:

Last week the City of Austin asked TxDOT to pull the plug on its draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) because the document is woefully deficient in actual environmental analysis or honest evaluation of alternatives. Read the city manager's letter here. Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District technical staff made similar recommendations in their draft comments here.

Join us at the Public Hearing on the SH 45 SW aquifer toll road draft Environmental Statement tomorrow, Tuesday, July 29th at the Bowie High School auditorium and be heard. An "open house" begins at 5:00 p.m.; a presentation (aka sales pitch) will begin at 6:00 p.m. and public comment will be taken beginning around 6:30 p.m. Find us at the hearing tomorrow, read our summary of key points here and file your own written comments before the final deadline August 13th online here.  An update on the overall 45SW aquifer toll road picture is posted here. 


MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

The 2nd Annual Barton Springs Fest will take place at Barton Springs Pool Saturday August 9th 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  

Thom the world poet

New this year!  Poets at the pool and a Kids Fun area. 

 Check out the schedule here.

If you would like to take the snorkeling tour email us atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make a reservation.  Tours are from 8:30-10:30 am.

If you want to volunteer please also email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Save Our Springs Alliance is the only watchdog organization working full time with scientists, lawyers, and educators to protect the land, water and wildlife of the Hill Country and the Edwards Aquifer Ecosystem.  We simply cannot do this work without the continued support of donors like you.   Please consider becoming a member today!  Thank you for your consideration. Click HERE to make your donation online or mail to: SOS, 905 W. Oltorf, Ste A, Austin, Tx  78704.