Current Newsletters
CodeNEXT and Zilker Parking Lot Update
On Thursday a narrow City Council majority voted to refuse to place the citizen petitionedCodeNext review ordinance on the ballot.
Those of us who circulated, signed, and support the initiated ordinance extend our thanks to Councilmembers Ora Houston, Leslie Pool, Alison Alter, and Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo for standing firm in support of our right to vote on the petitioned ordinance. 
A law suit will be filed soon seeking an order that the Council call the election. 
It's unfortunate that it has come to this. But not unexpected. By definition, the initiative process is invoked when elected officials refuse to act. More often than not, city councils look for every possible excuse to keep citizen initiatives off the ballot. They hate it when citizens infringe on their powers. And they fear being on the losing end of a popular vote.  Read more here
Zilker Parking Lot Battle Continues
On Tuesday night the Austin Parks Board considered but took no action on the rush to build an eight-acre, 700-plus space permanent parking lot in Zilker Park on Lady Bird Lake and just east of Mopac. Although clearly a parking lot, PARD staff insists it's merely a "crushed stone" repair to the park designed to make the park more "usable" and is "not a parking lot." The "repair" to be done, however, is to cause damage to the park and a clay cap over an old landfill that was caused by the illegal dumping of rock for temporary parking and staging for the ACL music festival. The Parks Board voted to hear the matter again, after the City's Environmental Commission considers the proposal at its June 6th meeting.
There is no council direction to expand parking in Zilker Park and yet PARD staff insists the council does not need to act because ACL and the Parks Foundation are paying for the project. We need the council to step up and stop this rush to pave Zilker park. email all council members here We need ACL to restore temporary staging areas promptly after events, just as they do with the main part of the park. It may cost more, but that's how it is.
Summer is Here! Join SOS!
Come meet our awesome summer interns at Barton Springs pool every week-end noon-4 pm.  Learn about the issues facing the springs and aquifer, buy a map or t-shirt, and
become a member for $10!  Yes, that's right -- our summer member drive has begun! 
You get a free eco-tour with snorkeling with your new membership.  We need everyone that loves Barton Springs to become a member this summer to help us educate the thousands of newcomers moving to Austin on the importance of and threats to Barton Springs.  Let's keep our springs clean and flowing forever.  See you at the pool! 
Tell Council to Put CodeNEXT Petition on the Ballot; 
Help Stop Giant Parking Lot in Zilker Park; 
SOS Joins Hell Yes Olympics; Yoga Starts June 2nd  
Please join us at City Council tomorrowThursday, May 24th at 11:00 a.m. or thereafter to speak on Agenda Item 22 to urge the Council to put the certified CodeNEXT petitioned ordinance on the November ballot.  (email the council HERE and, if you cannot attend, watch the live webcast HERE. 
Help Stop Sneak Attack On Zilker Park 
ACL, the Parks Department, and Austin Parks Foundation are trying to permanently pave over eight (8) acres of Zilker Park in order to convert temporary event parking into permanent parking.  Please see the letter from Save Our Springs to the Mayor, Council, and the City Manager for the details.  And please join us in asking that they stop this rush to pave our park land without City Council action, a parking plan for Zilker Park, and a meaningful public review process. You can use the same link as above to send your message to the Mayor and the entire council.  
SOS Participates in Hell Yes Olympics and Memorial Day Party at ABGB
Join us Monday, Memorial Day at ABGB for the  The Hell Yes Project Olympics & Memorial Day Party   SOS Staff competes for a $1,000 prize in a Water Balloon Toss, Crowler Can Stacking, Simon Says and other events. Points will be awarded for each event, culminating in a final event of live band karaoke. Each non-profit team will take the ABGB stage with the band Karaoke Apocalypse and get one song to impress the crowd. Fun starts at 3 p.m.  See you there!
Yoga at the Springs Begins Saturday, June 2nd
Join us for SOS Yoga at the Springs Saturday, June 2nd, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. outside the back gate of Barton Springs Pool.  Yoga will continue every Saturday through July.  Suggested donation is $3.  Please bring your mat and water bottle. 
Stay tuned for a special event on the last day, July 28th
Amplify SOS and Barton Springs University
Only informed, caring and active citizens can save the Edwards Aquifer and the 
Great Springs of Texas. 
Amplify Austin's 24 hour giving period starts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues until 6 p.m.Friday evening.  Can't wait until Thursday?  You can schedule your donation now!
Simply click on the SOS Profile Page here to make a donation.
Your contributions will help fund Barton Springs University 2018.  At BSU we educate over 1,000 students and 
the general public about the importance and 
threats to Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer.
Thank you for your consideration.  All donations will be matched 50% by the Kirk Mitchell Environmental Law Fund 


Speak Up Now - No Stadium on Austin Park Land!
Save the Date: Feb. 15th

The private, for-profit Columbus Crew professional soccer team wants Austin to give them public park land to build a 20,000 seat stadium. Their "preferred site" is Butler Shores, at the confluence of Barton Creek and Lady Bird Lake, but they are also looking at Roy Guerrero Colorado River Park in East Austin.


We need your help now to stop this terrible idea.

Please take a few minutes right now to send a single email to the Austin City Council urging them to pledge their support now for a City Council resolution that would stop further consideration of public park land for a private stadium or other private development. Councilmember Ann Kitchen will be introducing this resolution, with council co-sponsors, within the next few days.

Please share this message with friends, family and neighbors and urge them to send a similar message at the link above. Please also urge your neighborhood association to pass a resolution opposing the use of public park land for private, for-profit development.

We need more park land, not less. Austin has a park shortage, and we need to be buying more park land to keep up with our exploding population. We can welcome soccer and other businesses to Austin, but they need to pay their own way - and help us preserve our parks.


If you haven't already, please also sign the online petition against using Austin public park land for a soccer stadium here . Over 4000 people have already signed on!

Save the Date: The Austin City Council is set to consider this matter at their Thursday, February 15th meeting. If we don't kill this plan sooner, we need you, your family and friends to be there to tell our City Council "hands off our park land." Please save the evening of February 15th for this critical public meeting at Austin City Hall.

And stay tuned for further information.

Voices Needed for City Barton Springs Savings Bonds
In 1998 Austin voters approved $65 million in bonds for permanent protection of Barton SpringsEdwards Aquifer watershed lands.  It was the best money ever spent by City voters and ratepayers, protecting more than 15,000 acres forever, erasing thousands of homes of planned development and preventing tens of thousands of car trips per day of traffic from pouring on to clogged roadways in southwest Austin. 
Now it's time to speak up for more City of Austin bonds to save more Barton Springs watershed lands before it's too late. 
This TuesdayWednesday and Thursday (Nov.28, 29, 30) and the following Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 4 and 5) the City of Austin is hosting a series of public meetings around town to take public input on a bond package to be presented to voters in November 2018.  See the details on locations and times of these meetings here
Please attend one of these meetings and join us in asking that at least $100 million be proposed to voters for buying land and conservation easements in the Onion and Barton Creek watersheds.  Also, please take a survey on the bond proposal here and join us in urging a top priority for buying park and watershed protection lands now, before it's too late. 
Time is short for taking more Barton Springs watershed lands out of the development pool.  It's the best way to protect the springs and prevent flooding in the lower Onion and Slaughter Creek watersheds.  We've shown it's cheaper to save Barton Springs than pave the watershed.
Buying land and conservation easements, rather than building and expanding roads to serve development we don't want in the first place, is the best way to meet our water, transportation, flood prevention, and park land needs all at once. 
SOS Holiday Party December 8th 
Mark Your Calendars for the SOS Holiday Party Friday December 8th, 6 pm - midnight at the American Legion Charles Johnson House.  Help us celebrate 25 years with interesting people, food, music and our best silent auction yet.   We are adding a large tent this year on the front lawn for a SOS presentation and as an area for some SOS socializing so be sure to join us!  
You can sponsor the event here or donate a silent auction item here.  Please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer! 
Donations to SOS Matched 50% until December 30th
Please consider a year end donation to Save Our Springs.  All donations will be matched 50% by the Kirk Mitchell Environmental Law Fund until the end of the year.  
~Thank you for your support~
Water Blessings - Best wishes for the Thanksgiving Holiday!
We are thankful that our Hill Country springs and streams are still flowing clear and strong. It's a great time to get outside for a hike or a swim with family and friends.  We are especially thankful for everyone who has pitched in this year to help protect our home waters.  SOS Board & Staff wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.
Celebrate at the SOS Holiday Party December 8th
Join us at the American Legion Charles Johnson House on Friday, December 8th, 6pm - midnight
 for another fun-tastic holiday party.  Hard to believe but we will begin celebrating 25 years of citizen action to save our springs at this year's party!  
We do it local -- locally brewed beer; local food; legendary Austin music and hundreds of silent auction items donated by local businesses and artisans.   There is a $15 suggested donation to SOS at the door. 
This year we have added an outside tent seating area for socializing and a fun photo booth!  
All attendees receive a $10 gift certificate compliments of Whole Earth Prov. Company.   Thank you Whole Earth!
Shop Local for the Holidays!  
This year 10% of the proceeds 
from the auction benefits Austin Independent Business Alliance(AIBA).  AIBA promotes and supports our locally owned businesses through advocacy, education and services. 
If you would like to sponsor the event you can fill out the form online HEREOr you can call 512 477-2320 ext 301
You can make a year end or sponsor donation online HERE
To donate a silent auction item HERE is the online form.  
We still need volunteers!  Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please consider a tax-deductible year end donation to Save Our Springs.