I remember the night Austin stood up to the threat facing Barton Springs. Money, money, money vs. a group of environmental "kooks"
(the word used by one of the "developers"). They were going after the soul of Austin and we the people gave them a swift kick in the rear.
The City Council was brave, they did the right thing and said no to more sprawl on the watershed. But it was the energy and love of the
citizens that saved her that night. Particularly a group of environmentalists led by some young lawyers and activists who gave everything to keep the Springs from destruction.
What would Austin be without Barton Springs? I haven't swam in her for thirty years but every hot California summer I remember her sparkling cold waters and get homesick. As long as she lives clean and protected Austin will be special. Forget the scrapes and bling bling, all that is everywhere I look. Barton Springs is special. She is the soul of Austin.
Thank you S.O.S. Live long and prosper.
Remember, salamanders are people too.