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#NoDrippingSewage

The No Dripping Sewage Campaign is the combined effort of a number of nonprofit organizations and citizens interested in a less polluting future for the Edwards Aquifer and Texas Hill Country. We educate about the problems associated with direct discharge and the benefits of more sustainable alternatives.

We support a ban on dumping treated sewage into creeks above the Edwards Aquifer in favor of safer alternatives.

We also call on public officials and candidates to stand with us against direct discharge.

Dumping sewage effluent into creeks poses serious risks to our wells, aquifers, springs, and streams—threatening human health, property values, wildlife, and our Hill Country’s economic future. Alternatives such as land application, beneficial reuse, and newer decentralized technologies can allow growth without threatening our water supply.

Cities have grown without direct discharge – for example, the highland lakes communities of Lakeway and Marble Falls near Austin.

The proposed Dripping Springs permit to discharge nearly a million gallons of sewage effluent per day into Onion Creek would set a dangerous precedent. Other communities are likely to follow suit, endangering the entire Edwards Aquifer.

The #NoDrippingSewage Campaign is a community effort to save our Hill Country waterways and advocate for alternatives to direct discharge. Join us!

#GiveBartonCreek

 

As the year draws to a close, we would like to say thank you. Thank you for your enthusiasm and your generosity!

 

With the holidays approaching, we ask that you please remember Save Barton Creek Association in your holiday plans. In support of our work, please become a member of SBCA today. Generous donors like you are key to our success protecting Austin’s creeks and watersheds.

 

Thank you for your 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.

 

For more pictures and a list of our awardees visit our Annual Membership Gala page.

October Creek Crew

Photo credit: www.sh45sw.com

At our October Creek Crew happy hour the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District told us about their monitoring of the SH45 highway project to ensure the project is complying with best practices to protect the aquifer during construction.

Check out this video of the SH45 construction over the aquifer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqDr-PlT5Ek

Bill Oliver’s Mother Earth Day Festival

Bill’s annual Mother Earth Day festival will be September 15th this year. This is the 16th year that we’ve had families and lovers of Barton Springs come together to celebrate the end of summer and the start of the school year. Bill the “Environmental Troubadour” has reminded us year after year to  fight for what we love with a passion in our hearts. Come to Barton Springs on September 15th from 9am to 1pm for music, Hula Hoops, pirates, art, magic, science exhibits, and smiles. For more information: Mother Earth Day Website

To donate to the Mother Earth Day Festival or Save Barton Creek Association click Donate 

Save Our Springs 25th Anniversary!

It has been 25 years since our momentous group effort to protect our beloved Barton Springs. We want all of our SBCA members to come to the South Entrance “big tree” on August 8th from 8pm to 9pm. We will be watching “Common Ground” a documentary by Karen Kocher. This occasion will help organizers of old reaffirm their belief in protecting Barton Springs and its surrounding watersheds. Invite the uninitiated so they can become educated in our battle to protect Barton Springs. Bring a chair or blanket. Also come swim before the showing or stay afterwards for a free-swim!.

SBCA on CodeNEXT

Save Barton Creek Association strives to be an objective opinion on Austin’s development in regards to water quality and green space integrity. Our organization analyzes Austin’s CodeNEXT zoning code to determine the cities ability to protect our creeks, rivers and watersheds.

Read More:

CodeNEXT Community Viewpoints Paper

It’s My Park Day! March 4th

 

Join Save Barton Creek Association on this family friendly adventure as we make final improvements to Goat Cave Karst Preserve. This is a year-long project funded by an Austin Parks Foundation Grant. We will be installing any remaining interpretive signs and benches, defining the educational area around the new kiosk, and creating a trail extension. March 4th at 10am  Register here!

Tools, water, and snacks will be provided, but try and bring your own gloves if you have them.

 

All volunteers will receive a SBCA water bottle.

Parking Details: You may park on Coastal Drive; Walk into preserve from Davis Lane until you see us!

 

Recent Aquifer Study Shows New Data for Recharge Water

The new aquifer study “Stream Recharge Water Balance for the Barton Springs Segment of the Edwards Aquifer” was published in December 2016. The study recalculates the amount of contributions of recharge into the aquifer. The new study found the contributions of local rivers and creeks are:

  • Onion Creek: 32.6%
  • Barton Creek: < 10.5%
  • Slaughter Creek: 7.2%
  • Bear Creek: 6.2%
  • Blanco River: 6%
  • Little Bear Creek: 3.9%
  • Williamson Creek: 1%

These percentages only account for 56-67% of total groundwater recharge, 17% of which is stream autogenic recharge. Autogenic recharge means a concentrated flow into large fractures, caves and sinkholes. Upland autogenic recharge accounts for 33-44%.

According to prior tests, upland autogenic recharge only accounted for 15% of recharge. This means that water flowing directly from karst land in the recharge zones is playing a far bigger role in the recharge of Edwards Aquifer than expected.

The karst landscape is largely composed of hole-ridden limestone rock that allow water to easily percolate through the terrain and into the aquifer. Precipitation that falls on the recharge zone flows directly into the aquifer. This study illustrates the importance of proper environmental practices even when the area isn’t directly next to a water body.

SBCA Part of Coalition on CodeNEXT Benchmarks

SBCA helped draft and support “Community Priorities for CodeNEXT” a document written and supported by a diverse stakeholder group including several environmental organizations. SBCA looks forward to reading the draft of CodeNEXT, the City of Austin’s land development code rewrite,  and measuring it by the benchmarks in the document. SBCA is particularly interested that CodeNEXT ” shall reduce climate change, increase resilience, reduce the urban heat island effect, and preserve and restore our natural environment,” and “shall require that new and redevelopment mitigate and reduce flooding, runoff pollution, and downstream erosion.” Save Barton Creek Association will continue to provide feedback to the CodeNEXT process to ensure a healthy environment for all Austinites.

Read the Full Document Here