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The SOS Holiday Party last night was a rocking success. Thank you to everyone who came, donated, sponsored, volunteered, bid on auction items, played music, danced, and celebrated Barton Springs and 21 years of citizen advocacy to save our springs. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  It was so wonderful to see so many caring people having such a great time. We will post photos of the event very soon.

Barton Springs Wins at City Council:  Yesterday a unanimous Austin City Council voted to buy the 607 acre "Jeremiah Venture" tract on Onion Creek for watershed preserve lands. The purchase will erase the proposed 1200 house development and its proposed wastewater disposal facility. The city may sell some very limited development rights on the tract, for rural homesteads, but at a level that will assure no harm to Barton Springs or the Edwards Aquifer. The tract is riddled with caves and sinkholes and represents an important addition to the City's system of Barton Springs water quality protection lands.

This preserve acquisition would have never happened without SOS Alliance fighting the proposed Jeremiah Venture wastewater permit application for seven years with scientists and lawyers. The generous support of SOS members made it possible. Thank you!

Barton Springs Wins On KXAN News:  Last night KXAN took a big step towards telling the truth about the proposed zombie aquifer toll road, SH 45 SW. A new TxDOT traffic modelling study, released last week, concluded that the primary beneficiaries of the project - northeast Hays County commuters - would only see a 2 to 3 minute (or 5 to 8%) reduction in their commute times. Will we really spend $100 million or more, endanger Barton Springs, and overwhelm already gridlocked Mopac for such minimal gain to such a small fraction of our region's commuters????  It really makes no sense at all. Watch the KXAN news piece here. Thank you KXAN!!

Please make SOS a part of your year end charitable giving. Donate HERE or you can mail a check to P.O. Box 684881, Austin, TX  78768.
Thank you for your consideration

Check out some more awesome items available at our silent auction!

Grackle con Cheeto t-shirts
donated by Ellen Gibbs,
value $20

Solar Backpack donated by EcoWise, value $159

The Save Our Springs board and staff are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow (Thursday) night for the 2013 SOS Holiday Party & Silent Auction. We are blessed to be celebrating another year of enjoying life in Austin and the cool, clear waters of our beloved swimming hole - Barton Springs!

Party begins at 6pm at Mercury Hall. There is a $10 - $15 suggested donation at the door but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. This is a kid-friendly event.  If you are unable to attend this year please consider making a tax-deductible donation to SOS HERE.

Parking   Parking is in theparking lot at 615 Cardinal Lane. You can also park in the back parking lot - heading south on S. 1st, turn right immediately (about ½ block past Cardinal Lane). It is a gravel driveway next to a house. Please try to carpool or bike if you can.

Food   We are serving complimentary locally homemade tamales by Yvonne for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans with sides, desserts, and other goodies - until it runs out.

Patagonia jackets donated by Patagonia Austin
value $170 each

Drinks   The bar is a CASH bar featuring Adelbert's Brewery Black Rhino ale, wine and frozen margaritas - all $3 each.  Water and soda will also be available.

Dress   Up or down ~ Anything goes!  Just wear your dancing shoes because the dance floor will be hoppin'!!

Music   The fabulous Bouldin Creek Bobkats will start at 7:30 PM followed by the talented and outrageous Otter Space Band featuring legendary local musicians.

Silent Auction   It's all local items and services from our fabulous Austin artisans and businesses.

Please note: the silent auction ends  promptly at 9:30 PM. There will be a band break from 10 - 10:30 PM for auction check-out.

Whole Earth Provision Company is providing a $10 gift card for every attendee!  You can pick yours up at the admittance table. Thank you Whole Earth for this very generous gift!!

 

 

Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

Kirk Mitchell Environmental Law Fund ~ Perry Lorenz ~ Whole Earth Provision Co.
Roger Baker ~ Barkley Houses ~ Meredith Dreiss ~ Helotes Creek Nature Center & San Geronimo Creek Nature Center
Steve & Marty Hixon Family Foundation ~ Giselle Koy ~ Planet K
Robbin Trusty ~ Ira & Roxanne Yates
Bill Bunch & Sarah Fusco ~ Ecowise ~ El Interior ~ Michael & Tracy DiLeo ~ Bryan Hale
Barbara Hilliard Realtors, Inc. ~ Dick Kallerman ~ Mark Kirkpatrick
Lowerre, Frederick, Perales, Allman & Rockwell ~ Amy Lowrey & Jason Sugg ~ Catherine Mann ~ Dan McNamara ~ Nomadic Notions ~ Brian Rodgers
Tracey Whitley ~ Charles & Shaya Zucker
Barton Springs Saloon ~ Kate & Steve Clark ~ EcoClean ~ Paul Harford & Sandy Dunn
Myron Hess/Gail Rothe ~Deborah Morin ~ Garret Nick ~ John & Erin Watson
Jay & Polly Westbrook

And to our fabulous auction donors!
Please patronize these businesses that care about Barton Springs

2J Interiors, Adelbert's Brewery, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Arbor Vitae Tree Care, Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, Austin Community Steelband, Austin Girl Pilates, Avant Salons & Spa, Barkley Houses, Big Weekend Calendars, Blue Gold Engineering, Ave Bonar, Breed & Co., Brenda Ladd Photography, Capital Cruises, Carol Makes It Happen: Executive Services for Small Businesses, Casa Garcia's, Castle Hill Fitness, Chia Hats, The Common Thread, Connie Colten Jewelry, The County Line, Inc., Deda Divine Jewelry, Detour Filmproduction, Doc's Bar & Grill, Dr. Singha's Natural Therapeutics, Inc, Phil Durst, EcoClean, Eco-Wise, El Interior, Elements Laser Spa, Hal Strickland/ Filter Flow RO, The Healing Acupuncture Center, Forbidden Fruit, Ellen Gibbs, Go Dance Studio, Good Flow Honey Co., Growing Designs Custom Landscaping, Charla Hathaway, CSB, of Body Joy Intimacy School, Henri's Cheese & Wine, Hill Country Arborist Neal Howerton, Huts Hamburgers & Frank & Angie's, Ian McDowell Ceramic Things, Jaya Furniture, Jim Hightower & Associates, Scott Johnson, Joyful Heart Delight by Carol Dillard, Natasha La Gitana, Lick Honest Ice Creams, Lost Art Records, Maceo Studios, Macy Holderness,  Magnolia Café, Kam Magor, Maudie's Tex Mex, Suzi McCoy, MS, LPC, Psychotherapist, Mexic-Arte Museum, Microbial Earth, Shakti Miller, Moonshine, Mother's Café, Myo Massage, Natural Bridge Caverns, Net Ingenuity, Joe Nicols, Nomadic Notions, Cathy Nordstrom- Sans Souci Gardens, P. Terry's Burger Stand, Paramount & Stateside Theatre, Patagonia Austin, Pilates Center of Austin, Plain View Press, Presence, Priscilla Ramirez, Ruby's BBQ, Russel Korman Fine Jewelry & Watches, Philip Russell, Russell Sports, Inc., Rusty Osborne, Shadetree Potter- Susie Fowler, The Soup Peddler, Southwest Textiles, The Spring, Center for Natural Medicine, Staber Sheet Metal, Sun Dragon Martial Arts & Self Defense NFP, Bob Swaffar- Artstar Pottery, Tacodeli, Tao Health & Fitness, Terra Toys, Tesoros Trading Company, Texas Rowing Center, Tim Cross Architecture, Uchi/Uchiko, URBAN-GROWN, Vulcan Video, Barbara White- Treehouse Wellness Center, The Well Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage & More, Whole Earth Provision Co., Women & Their Work, Zach Theatre

Please make SOS a part of your year end charitable giving. Donate HERE or you can mail a check to P.O. Box 684881, Austin, TX  78768.
Thank you for your consideration

Check out some of the awesome items available at our silent auction this Thursday night!

Wood sculpture by artist Michael Bauermeister, donated by Presence, value $1,600
Deluxe Faux Fur Chia Hat, donated by Chia Hats, value $70
Please join us for some holiday shopping at our fabulous all local silent auction at the beautiful Mercury Hall on Thursday December 12th at the annual SOS Holiday Party and Silent AuctionThank you to the hundreds of Austin businesses that have so generously donated to the auction this year. You can see their names below.

Party is from 6 PM until midnight. There is a suggested donation to SOS of $10-$15 for admittance but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Everyone will receive a $10 gift certificate to Whole Earth Prov. Co. at the door again this year! Thank you Whole Earth!

Carry the News, art piece by Philip Durst,
value $900
 
 
Here is the schedule for the party.  Please note: the silent auction ends promptly at 9:30 PM. There will be a band break from 10 - 10:30 PM for auction check-out.
 
6:00 PM                    Doors Open - Auction Opens

7:30 - 8:45 PM         Bouldin Creek Bobkats Band

9:30 PM                    Silent Auction Ends

9:00 - 10:00 PM      Otter Space Band

10:00 - 10:30 PM    Break -- Silent Auction Check Out

10:30 - midnight     Otter Space Band

 


We still need volunteers to help set-up and to work at the bar and we also need donations of wine and tequila! Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help out!

We look forward to seeing you there and stay tuned for more Sneak Peeks! See auction donors and sponsors listed at the end of this email.

Second Scoping Meeting on Proposed SH 45 SW Toll Road TONIGHT

TxDOT and the local toll road authority, CTRMA, are hosting a second "scoping" meeting on the proposed SH 45 SW toll road (aka the "zombie aquifer toll road"). The "Open House" meeting runs from 5 until 8 p.m. at Bowie High School. See the details here. TxDOT is seeking early input, specifically on "purpose and need" of the project and alternatives to the proposed project. Please attend if you are able. We will be there with supporting information on our proposed alternatives.


Many thanks to our generous sponsors!
 
Kirk Mitchell Environmental Law Fund ~ Perry Lorenz ~ Whole Earth Provision Co.
Roger Baker ~ Barkley Houses ~ Meredith Dreiss ~ Helotes Creek Nature Center & San Geronimo Creek Nature Center
Steve & Marty Hixon Family Foundation ~ Giselle Koy ~ Planet K
Robbin Trusty ~ Ira & Roxanne Yates
Bill Bunch & Sarah Fusco ~ Ecowise ~ El Interior ~ Michael & Tracy DiLeo ~ Bryan Hale
 Barbara Hilliard Realtors, Inc. ~ Dick Kallerman ~ Mark Kirkpatrick
Lowerre, Frederick,  Perales, Allman & Rockwell ~ Amy Lowrey & Jason Sugg ~ Catherine Mann ~ Dan McNamara ~ Nomadic Notions ~ Brian Rodgers
Tracey Whitley ~ Charles & Shaya Zucker
Barton Springs Saloon ~ Kate & Steve Clark ~ EcoClean ~ Paul Harford & Sandy Dunn
Myron Hess/Gail Rothe ~Deborah Morin ~ Garret Nick ~ John & Erin Watson
Jay & Polly Westbrook
 
And to our fabulous auction donors!
Please patronized these businesses that care about Barton Springs
 
2J Interiors, Adelbert's Brewery, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Arbor Vitae Tree Care, Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, Austin Community Steelband, Austin Girl Pilates, Avant Salons & Spa, Barkley Houses, Big Weekend Calendars, Blue Gold Engineering, Ave Bonar, Breed & Co., Brenda Ladd Photography, Capital Cruises, Carol Makes It Happen: Executive Services for Small Businesses, Casa Garcia's, Castle Hill Fitness, Chia Hats, The Common Thread, Connie Colten Jewelry, The County Line, Inc., Deda Divine Jewelry, Detour Filmproduction, Doc's Bar & Grill, Dr. Singha's Natural Therapeutics, Inc, Phil Durst, EcoClean, Eco-Wise, El Interior, Elements Laser Spa, Hal Strickland/ Filter Flow RO, The Healing Acupuncture Center, Forbidden Fruit, Ellen Gibbs, Go Dance Studio, Good Flow Honey Co., Growing Designs Custom Landscaping, Charla Hathaway, CSB, of Body Joy Intimacy School, Henri's Cheese & Wine, Hill Country Arborist Neal Howerton, Huts Hamburgers & Frank & Angie's, Ian McDowell Ceramic Things, Jaya Furniture, Jim Hightower & Associates, Scott Johnson, Joyful Heart Delight by Carol Dillard, Natasha La Gitana, Lick Honest Ice Creams, Lost Art Records, Maceo Studios, Macy Holderness,  Magnolia Café, Kam Magor, Maudie's Tex Mex, Suzi McCoy, MS, LPC, Psychotherapist, Mexic-Arte Museum, Microbial Earth, Shakti Miller, Moonshine, Mother's Café, Myo Massage, Natural Bridge Caverns, Net Ingenuity, Joe Nicols, Nomadic Notions, Cathy Nordstrom- Sans Souci Gardens, P. Terry's Burger Stand, Paramount & Stateside Theatre, Patagonia Austin, Pilates Center of Austin, Plain View Press, Presence, Priscilla Ramirez, Ruby's BBQ, Russel Korman Fine Jewelry & Watches, Philip Russell, Russell Sports, Inc., Rusty Osborne, Shadetree Potter- Susie Fowler, The Soup Peddler, Southwest Textiles, The Spring, Center for Natural Medicine, Staber Sheet Metal, Sun Dragon Martial Arts & Self Defense NFP, Bob Swaffar- Artstar Pottery, Tacodeli, Tao Health & Fitness, Terra Toys, Tesoros Trading Company, Texas Rowing Center, Tim Cross Architecture, Uchi/Uchiko, URBAN-GROWN, Vulcan Video, Barbara White- Treehouse Wellness Center, The Well Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage & More, Whole Earth Provision Co., Women & Their Work, Zach Theatre
 
Please make SOS a part of your year end charitable giving. Donate HERE or you can mail a check to P.O. Box 684881, Austin, TX  78768.
Thank you for your consideration

Second Scoping Meeting on Proposed SH 45 SW Toll Road Tuesday

TxDOT and the local toll road authority, CTRMA, are hosting a second "scoping" meeting on the proposed SH 45 SW toll road (aka the "zombie aquifer toll road"). The "Open House" meeting runs from 5 until 8 p.m. at Bowie High School. See the details here. TxDOT is seeking early input, specifically on "purpose and need" of the project and alternatives to the proposed project. Please attend if you are able.  We will be there with supporting information on our proposed alternatives.  To the credit of TxDOT and CTRMA, the large graphics and maps they are presenting are very helpful in visualizing the proposals and identifying the potential harmful effects on the environment, neighbors, and commuters.

SOS Holiday Party is Thursday!!

Please join us for some holiday cheer and local shopping at the beautiful Mercury Hall on Thursday December 12th for the annual SOS Holiday Party and Silent Auction.  Party is from 6 PM until midnight. This is a kid-friendly event. There is a suggested donation to SOS of $10-$15 for admittance but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Everyone will receive a $10 gift certificate to Whole Earth Prov. Co. at the door again this year! Thank you Whole Earth!

Email Pat This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to sponsor. Email Sarah This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to volunteer!

Here is the schedule for the party. Please note: the silent auction ends promptly at 9:30pm. There will be a band break from 10 - 10:30 PM for auction check-out.

6:00 - 7:30 PM          Doors Open - Auction Opens
7:30 - 8:45 PM          Bouldin Creek Bobkats Band
9:30 PM                     Silent Auction Ends
9:00 - 10 PM             Otter Space Band
10:00 - 10:30 PM      Break -- Silent Auction Check Out
10:30 - midnight       Otter Space Band

Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

Kirk Mitchell Environmental Law Fund ~ Perry Lorenz
Roger Baker ~ Meredith Dreiss ~ Helotes Creek Nature Center & San Geronimo Creek Nature Center ~ Steve & Marty Hixon Family Foundation
Giselle Koy ~ Ira & Roxanne Yates
~ Bill Bunch & Sarah Fusco ~ Bryan Hale ~ Barbara Hilliard Realtors, Inc. ~ Dick Kallerman ~ Mark Kirkpatrick
Amy Lowrey & Jason Sugg ~ Catherine Mann ~ Dan McNamara ~ ~ Nomadic Notions ~ Brian Rodgers ~ Tracey Whitley ~ Charles & Shaya Zucker
Barton Springs Saloon ~ Kate & Steve Clark ~ EcoClean ~ Paul Harford & Sandy Dunn ~ Myron Hess/Gail Rothe ~ Deborah Morin ~ Garret Nick
John & Erin Watson ~Jay & Polly Westbrook

And to our fabulous auction donors!
Please patronize these businesses that care about Barton Springs

2J Interiors, Adelbert's Brewery, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Arbor Vitae Tree Care, Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, Austin Community Steelband, Austin Girl Pilates, Avant Salons & Spa, Big Weekend Calendars, Blue Gold Engineering, Ave Bonar, Breed & Co., Brenda Ladd Photography, Capital Cruises, Carol Makes It Happen: Executive Services for Small Businesses, Casa Garcia's, Castle Hill Fitness, The Common Thread, Connie Colten Jewelry, The County Line, Inc., Deda Divine Jewelry, Detour Filmproduction, Doc's Bar & Grill, Dr. Singha's Natural Therapeutics, Inc, EcoClean, Eco-Wise, El Interior, Elements Laser Spa, Forbidden Fruit, Ellen Gibbs, Go Dance Studio, Good Flow Honey Co., Growing Designs Custom Landscaping, Charla Hathaway, CSB, of Body Joy Intimacy School, Phil Durst, The Healing Acupuncture Center, Henri's Cheese & Wine, Hill Country Arborist Neal Howerton, Huts Hamburgers & Frank & Angie's, Jaya Furniture, Jim Hightower & Associates, Scott Johnson, Joyful Heart Delight by Carol Dillard, Lick Honest Ice Creams, Lost Art Records, Maceo Studios, Magnolia Cafe, Kam Magor, Maudie's Tex Mex, Suzi McCoy, MS, LPC, Psychotherapist, Mexic-Arte Museum, Microbial Earth, Shakti Miller, Moonshine, Mother's Café, Myo Massage, Natural Bridge Caverns, Net Ingenuity, Joe Nicols, Nomadic Notions, Cathy Nordstrom- Sans Souci Gardens, P. Terry's Burger Stand, Paramount & Stateside Theatre, Patagonia Austin, Plain View Press, Presence, Priscilla Ramirez, Ruby's BBQ, Philip Russell, Russel Korman Fine Jewelry & Watches, Russell Sports, Inc., Shadetree Potter- Susie Fowler, The Soup Peddler, The Spring- Elke Kniss, PA, CCN, Staber Sheet Metal, Hal Strickland/ Filter Flow RO, Sun Dragon Martial Arts & Self Defense NFP, Bob Swaffar- Artstar Pottery, Tao Health & Fitness, Tesoros Trading Company, Texas Rowing Center, Tim Cross Architecture, Uchi/Uchiko, URBAN-GROWN, Vulcan Video, The Well Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage & More, Barbara White- Treehouse Wellness Center, Whole Earth Provision Co., Women & Their Work, Zach Theatre

Please make SOS a part of your year end charitable giving. Donate HERE or you can mail a check to P.O. Box 684881, Austin, TX  78768.
Thank you for your consideration

The Save Barton Creek Association party set for this evening has been postponed until the spring due to the weather.

Don't forget the Austin Sierra Club party December 10th and the SOS Holiday Party December 12th at Mercury Hall in South Austin.

Today the Statesman published a guest column by Austin Community Foundation's MariBen Ramsey and Chris Taylor on charitable giving in Austin. It's an interesting read for several reasons, and includes information on the benefits of supporting advocacy groups like SOS that work for change. Please keep us in mind as you consider end-of-year charitable donations. SOS Alliance is a 501c3 charity and all donations are tax-deductible. Make your year-end donation HERE.  Mail your check to P.O. Box 684881, Austin, TX  78768. Thank you so much for your consideration.

TxDOT and our local toll road authority are hosting a second "open house" on the proposed zombie aquifer toll road, SH 45 SW, on December 10th, 5 until 8 p.m., at Bowie High School, 4103 West Slaughter Lane.  Mark your calendar and see the details here.

Stay warm and dry, and give thanks with us that the rains have kept Onion, Bear, Slaughter, Williamson and Barton Creeks flowing strong and filling up the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer.  Today the USGS website estimates Barton Springs flows at 101 cubic feet per second, almost double the long-term average of 54 cfs. In September spring flows had dropped below 20 cfs.

SOS Holiday Party is December 12th

whole earthPlease join us at the beautiful Mercury Hall on Thursday December 12th for the annual SOS Holiday Party and Silent Auction.

All party attendees will receive a $10 gift certificate from Whole Earth Provision Co. again this year!

Click here to see all of our fabulous sponsors and silent auction donors and for the sponsor and auction forms. We look forward to seeing you all there.


Help us continue our legal and educational efforts!!
Please consider a donation or monthly pledge to SOS today.

Barton Springs Edwards out of droughtbseacd no draught

This week the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District lifted its drought pumping restrictions as aquifer levels and spring flows continued to rise from recent rains. The aquifer is still below "average," but continues to fill. More details here.  With the Highland Lakes still two-thirds empty, the contrast shows how important the aquifer is to regional water supplies.

Del Rio Mayor Stands Up for San Felipe Springs

On Monday City of Del Rio Mayor Roberto Fernandez told San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) Board of Directors that SAWS would have a fight on its hands if it tried to pump and pipe water from Val Verde county to San Antonio.  Mayor Fernandez joined with a broad coalition of conservation and civic groups, including SOS Alliance, calling for SAWS to abandon consideration of a proposal by private water developer V.V. Water Company to ship groundwater from the desert community to San Antonio.  San Felipe Springs is the third largest spring in Texas, the life blood of Del Rio, a significant source of Rio Grande flows, and home to the listed "threatened" Devils River Minnow.

Save Barton Creek Association Annual Party On Monday

Join sister organization Save Barton Creek Association for its annual meeting and party this Monday at the Zilker Clubhouse. Details HERE.

SOS Holiday Party

Please join us at the beautiful Mercury Hall on Thursday December 12th for the annual SOS Holiday Party and Silent AuctionCLICK HERE to see all of our fabulous sponsors and silent auction donors and for the sponsor and auction forms.  We look forward to seeing you all there.

Please Donate to SOS

Please make SOS Alliance a significant part of your end-of-year charity budget. We won major victories in protecting the Edwards Aquifer from wastewater and urban runoff pollution and backroom schemes to finance more urban infrastructure into the Hill Country. Development pressures are growing and we need your support to save more and pave and pollute less in the months ahead.

Make your year-end donation HERE.  Thank you so much for your consideration.

Help us continue our legal and educational efforts!!
Please consider a donation or monthly pledge to SOS today.

SOS filed a lawsuit against Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty for failing to produce public information on the proposed SH 45 Southwest "aquifer toll road."  SOS requested the information in May. Read our press statement  HERE and the full lawsuit  HERE. Read the Statesman article  HERE. Commissioner Daugherty has assumed the point position in pushing construction of the toll road across the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer recharge zone. The Austin environmental community has opposed the project since it was first proposed in the 1980s.

Williamson Creek Clean-up This Saturday

The Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District and the City of Sunset Valley are sponsoring a clean up of Williamson Creek this Saturday, November 16 from 9 AM until noon. The recent floods left a lot of trash and debris along the creek as it cross over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and lunch. Please RSVP to Robin Gary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to volunteer or find out more details.

SOS Celebrates Barton Springs on December 12th

Save Our Springs' most rockin' annual Holiday Party and Silent Auction, Thursday December 12, 6 PM - midnight at the fabulous Mercury Hall.

We need sponsors and silent auction donors!  You can sponsor by clicking HERE or donate to the auction by clicking HERE.  Just fill out the form and email, fax or mail it in. Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to getting together and celebrating another year of enjoying our beautiful Barton Springs!

Help us continue our legal and educational efforts!!
Please consider a donation or monthly pledge to SOS today.

Don't forget to vote today.  Polls are open until 7:00 PM.  SOS Alliance Board of Directors urges a "NO" vote on State Proposition 6.  Read here for more information.

Barton Creek has been up and beautiful.  Check out our short video from an inflatable kayak float this past weekend. Click HERE and then click on "Barton Creek Paddling Nov 1". Get out for a hike, swim, or paddle - its truly amazing. Take our new Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail Map and Recreation Guide with you.

Beware the Mopac Interstate Monster - Just think about converting Mopac to Interstate 35 West. That's the new plan that is being rolled out this Thursday, Nov. 7th, from 5 until 8 PM in the form of a specific proposal to add up to two tolled lanes in each direction on South Mopac from north of Town Lake all the way to Slaughter Lane. The "open house" meeting is at Bowie High School on Slaughter Lane. Get the details here.

This is a key part of TxDOT and our local toll road authority's plan to convert Mopac into Interstate 35 West. The expansion of north Mopac would tie into the proposed additional South Mopac tolled lanes, and then connect to South I-35 by way of the proposed SH 45 Southwest. If you are concerned about more pavement over the aquifer, more air pollution for walkers and runners on the Town Lake Trail, more destruction of Zilker Park, more pollution of Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer, and massive more traffic on Mopac, north and south of the river, come hear the pitch and speak out against it. Written comments on the initial "scoping" of the environmental study will be accepted through November 18th by way of the mopacsouth.com website. Read up, come out Thursday, and stay tuned for more to come.

Help us continue our legal and educational efforts!!
Please consider a donation or monthly pledge to SOS today.

The Legislature has invited Texas voters to hit the water panic button with a $2 billion revolving fund for loans and loan guarantees. The bulk of the funds would fund traditional pork barrel reservoirs and pipelines designed to drain limited water supplies even faster. Whether your top concern is ratepayers or rivers, the funds will do more harm than good. The funds would be controlled by 3 Rick Perry appointees just appointed this summer with six year terms.

Read our full statement against Prop 6 HERE.  

Check out Forrest Wilder's excellent "pro" and "con" piece in the Texas Observer

San Antonio based environmental writer Greg Harman has also penned a nice editorial against Prop 6.


SOS Holiday Party and Silent Auction

Save Our Springs' most rockin' annual Holiday Party and Silent Auction, Thursday December 12, 6 PM - midnight at the fabulous Mercury Hall.

Want to help make the party awesome? We need sponsors and silent auction donors!  You can sponsor by clicking HERE or donate to the auction by clicking HERE. Just fill out the form and email, fax or mail it in. Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to getting together and celebrating another year of enjoying our beautiful Barton Springs!

Help us continue our legal and educational efforts!!

Please consider a donation or monthly pledge to SOS today.

At the behest of Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty, lame ducks County Judge Sam Biscoe and the appointed Bruce Todd joined Commissioner Margaret Gomez to endorse going forward with the SH 45 Southwest toll road. Gomez voted yes even though she previously stated that she opposed the road. Commissioner Ron Davis was absent from the meeting.

The vote doesn't mean much, since required environmental studies will not be completed until 2015, long after Biscoe and Todd are gone.Several other government agencies, including the City of Austin and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, will have their say on the aquifer-paving project as well. Read more HERE.

Save Our Springs Alliance joins other groups urging protection for San Felipe and Las Moras Springs

San Felipe Springs, located just north of the Rio Grande in Del Rio, is the third largest spring in Texas, and home to the endangered Devils River Minnow. Like San Felipe, Las Moras Springs, at Fort Clark in Brackettville, is another major spring fed by the Edwards-Trinity Aquifer that flows to the Rio Grande. Drought and groundwater pumping have already significantly diminished San Felipe and Las Moras spring flows. The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) has been evaluating a proposal from the V.V. Water Company to ship groundwater pumped from land located above these springs in Val Verde and Kinney counties to San Antonio to supplement SAWS's Edwards Aquifer supplies.

This week SOS Alliance joined the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation and other conservation and Del Rio community groups in a letter to the SAWS Board stating very clearly that there is no "excess" groundwater in Kinney and Val Verde counties for export to San Antonio. The letter also urges SAWS to redouble its commitment to water efficiency and reuse to meet water needs of the city. Read the letter HERE.

SOS Alliance worked in recent years with other groups to secure Endangered Species Act protection for the Devils River Minnow and its spring dependent habitats. Quite often our work outside of the Austin area receives less attention than our local work. Stay tuned for more news on our regional conservation initiatives.

SOS Holiday Party and Silent Auction

Save Our Springs' most rockin' annual Holiday Party and Silent Auction, Thursday December 12, 6 PM - midnight at the fabulous Mercury Hall. Want to help make the party awesome? We need sponsors and silent auction donors! You can sponsor by clicking HERE or donate to the auction by clicking HERE. Just fill out the form and email, fax or mail it in. Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to getting together and celebrating another year of enjoying our beautiful Barton Springs!

Barton Springs University Now Online

If you missed the Barton Springs University sessions at  Barton Springs Fest in August, now you can see them online. Check out the videos of experts on the biology, hydro-geology, conservation, history, culture, and Native American religious significance of Barton Springs.

Help us continue our legal and educational efforts!!
Please consider a donation or monthly pledge to SOS today