Annual Membership Gala

It’s that time of year again. SBCA is busy preparing for our annual membership party on Monday November 19th at 6:00 pm at Zilker Clubhouse and holding our membership drive. The party has music, BBQ, and a bar. We encourage you to renew your membership online before the party.  Membership donations start at $25. Inspired by our work and want to make a larger contribution? We encourage you to sponsor the party for $250 or greater.

Sponsors who donate by November 9th will be listed in our annual report and will be thanked at the party.

We hope to see you at there and thanks for your continued support!


Angela Richter
Executive Director

2017 Annual Membership Gala


On November 20th, Save Barton Creek Association hosted our annual membership gala, an Austin environmental tradition. As usual, the iconic Bill Oliver played during happy hour on the patio of the Zilker Clubhouse. Guests wined and dined amid a spectacular view of the Austin skyline. SBCA was proud to announce the new board of our organization, summarize our accomplishments of this past year, and give awards to outstanding members of our community.


Among our successes this year, we’re proud to note:


Thank you to all the businesses that helped make this night a success: Salt Lick BBQ, Oskar Blues Brewery, Trader Joe’s, Valley Mills Vineyards, Shady Grove, Hiatus Spa + Retreat, and Zero Gravity Institute.



2017 Awardees


Ted Siff, Lifetime Achievement in Conservation

Ted has organized a broad coalition in favor of open space/parks in the upcoming City and County bond elections.  Ted also headed a Trust for Public Lands effort in 1992 which successfully purchased the Barton Creek Wilderness Park. This helped lead to other, later, successful conservation land purchase programs. Ted currently serves as board president for the Shoal Creek Conservancy, which is currently undergoing a major trail expansion project on the Shoal Creek Trail.


Rene Barrera, Austin Land Steward

Rene was recognized for his career of dedication to Austin’s preserves. Clark Hancock, SBCA Board President and a long-time City of Austin employee, presented the award and spoke of his time working closely with Rene at the City. He recalled how Rene started as a volunteer working on … and quickly rose to manage all of Austin’s preserves. SBCA also acknowledged Rene for his work with their organization on a grant project, which focused on improving the interpretive signage at Goat Cave Karst Preserve. This recently completed project includes a new kiosk, signs at cave features, and benches, improving the preserve as a resource for citizens to learn more about the aquifer.


Rich DePalma, Environmental Policy Advocacy

Rich DePalma is Mayor Adler’s appointment to the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Board where he serves as Vice-Chair, is Board President of TreeFolks, and Vice-President of Austin Environmental Democrats. For the last decade he has advanced or led hydrology, energy conservation and renewable energy projects, but the last couple of years he has been particularly busy in protecting and enhancing our environment.

This past summer he worked with the TreeFolks board and staff to advocate against the Texas Legislature’s anti-tree bills during the special session. This year he has led the Parks Board efforts to protect accessibility to parkland under CodeNext. Right now, he is working with Trustee Anderson and stakeholders in preserving land in the Blunn Creek Headwaters. This involves coordinating with TxDOT to protect and plant more trees, and working on a large tree initiative that will be announced in early 2018.


Robin Gary, Exemplary Educator on the Barton Springs Edward’s Aquifer

Robin Havens Gary is the Senior Public Information and Education Coordinator for the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District. She leads the District’s public and youth education programs, including the annual “Groundwater to the Gulf” hands-on summer institute for teachers, the Groundwater Stewardship Awards, and the complimentary water-quality testing of individually owned drinking water wells.  She has been leading the district in innovate education, including her latest achievement is the development of an interactive augmented reality card game, tentatively called “Clear Creek Critters” that will aid the identification of benthic macroinvertebrates that are indicators of water quality.

SBCA Hall of Fame




Karen Kocher 

Texas River School

Protect Our Water

Plantiffs of the SH45 Case




Dorothy Richter

Phyllis Brinkley

Shudde Fath

George Cofer

Joe Riddell

Mayor Frank Cooksey

Hon. Jack Goodman

Bill Oliver

Travis County Commissioner Ron Davis

Senator Gonzalo Barrientos

Pam Thompson

Bill Bunch

Mayor Gus Garcia

Congressman Lloyd Doggett


Rising Stars


Jeannie DeFrese

Brandi Clark Burton

Austin Water Resource Planning Task Force – Sharlene Leurig, Chair

Sharlene Leurig

Kris Bailey

Tom Mason

Luke Metzger

Marisa Perales

Paul Robbins

Lauren Ross

Stefan Schuster

Brian Smith

Jennifer Walker