Alan Pogue 086smallTwenty-seven years ago on June 7, 1990,  over 800 Austinites showed up at City Hall to protest the proposed 4,000 acre "Barton Creek PUD" development. The City Council heard public testimony all through the night, and voted as the sun rose the next day to deny the project. That night sparked the "Save Our Springs" movement, and led directly to Austin voters approving the citizen-initiated Save Our Springs ordinance in August 1992.

Watch excerpts from the Barton Creek Uprising here . Check out Austin photographer extraordinaire Alan Pogue's photos from the uprising here.

Today proposals for $1.5 billion in highway and toll road expansions and proposed extensions of water pipelines into the Hill Country threaten to unleash unmanaged urban sprawl on a scale not previously seen. In addition, rapid population growth, climate change, and the political climate require us to expand or education and communications efforts across the Austin region.

Together we can make a different, more sustainable future for Central Texas. With your help, we can steer our public dollars away from building roads and pipelines into the Hill Country and, instead, support sustainable, beautiful, and water-friendly economic development in the I-35/SH 130 corridor. You can also help us communicate effectively to new citizens through our expanded educational efforts.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation today to both recognize 27 years of tenacious advocacy for our Hill Country home waters, to help us turn back destructive road and pipeline boondoggles and to support our outreach and education programs.