Save Our Springs
I heard about SOS Alliance on NPR today and my friend, Abby was wearing a “I heart Barton Springs” tank top last night. So I decided to check them out and see what they’re all about.
The Save Our Springs Alliance “works to protect the Edwards Aquifer, its springs and contributing streams, and the natural and cultural heritage of the Hill Country region and its watersheds, with special emphasis on Barton Springs.” They began in 1990 as a coalition of citizens fighting development proposed on the Barton Creek watershed. They became organized in 1992 as SOS Coalition and petitioned for the Save Our Springs Ordinance in order to protect the quality of water coming off of development in the watershed. In 1993 they incorporated the Save Our Springs Legal Defense Fund to “defend developers’ attacks on the SOS Ordinance.” They became Save Our Springs Alliance in 1997 with the expansion of building awareness and alliances through out the Austin area. They work with local conservation groups today to advocate the protection of not only Barton Springs but the entire Edwards Aquifer.
So why care about Barton Springs?
Well…”Barton Springs is the 4th largest spring in Texas. There are four springs that comprise Barton Springs. However, most people know the Springs from the main spring, which supplies water for the famous Barton Springs Pool. Over 400,000 people per year visit Barton Springs, Barton Springs Pool is open year round from 5AM to 10PM, except on Thursdays, when regular cleanings limit swimming to 5AM-9AM and 7PM-10PM.” Not to mention it is home to various species of fish, salamanders, and other aquatic life. What’s great about the springs is that they maintain a constant temperate of 70 degrees Fahrenheit…making it a great spot all year round!
Their website is chalk-full of information including current problems and their proposed solutions. Check out the website for more information, pictures, etc.
and go here to donate or volunteer.