Annual Party is November 19th

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

20th Anniversary Celebration of the Water Quality Protection Lands

On Saturday, October 6 the City of Austin’s Wildland Conservation Division is hosting their 20th anniversary celebration from 10 AM to 3 PM in Driftwood, TX. Highlights include guided hikes, tacos, live music, and a family-friendly cave simulator. Additionally, come see the premiere of the documentary film A Wild Idea about the Water Quality Protection Lands.

Learn more and RSVP here.

Fecal Bacteria Pollution in 60% of Austin Waterways

Yuck! Environment Texas recently put out a report on bacteria pollution in Texas waterways. They found that  60 percent of testing sites at Austin waterways had unsafe bacteria at least once in 2017. Luckily Barton Creek and Barton Springs were not among the affected waterways–yet. Other Austin waterways like Shoal and Waller Creek were affected.

It is clear that the protections we’ve worked for in the Barton Springs Zone are working. However, a clear Barton Springs can’t be taken for granted. Urban run-off, leaky sewage pipes, and sewage spills can all cause bacteria pollution.

“Sewage plants that pipe treated effluent directly into our creeks and rivers pose a significant risk to our waterways,” said Angela Richter, Executive Director of Save Barton Creek Association. “When operation of the plant fails, and Texas has a bad record of plant failures, bacteria like e-coli can enter local creeks.”

Read full press release and report here.

New Education Program Coordinator

Help us welcome Teresa Johnson to the SBCA team! Teresa earned her Master’s in Environmental Management & Sustainability from St. Edward’s University and a BS in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of Massachusetts. She has previous experience leading environmental education programming. Teresa is passionate about fostering a connection to the environment in others and believes empowering local communities is essential to sustainable conservation.

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.

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!.

CreekFest this Saturday- Buy Tickets!

Save Barton Creek is proud to announce the first annual CreekFest!

Saturday, May 6th

Hills Cafe. (4700 S Congress Ave) 1-4 PM

Buy Tickets Here

Performances by:

Steel Betty

Austin Lounge Lizards

Bill Oliver and the Otter Space Band

Your ticket will include:


-1 drink ticket

-Chips and salsa bar

There’s More!

We will also be featuring an Artist Market, a coalition of talents from the streets of Austin,  and a raffle for a door prize from artist Tim Doyle.

  • Linda Logan – Glass
  • Kaitlin Merchant Davison – Paintings
  • Abel Rodriguez – Clay
  • Karren Sager – Drawing/Paintings

Original artist T-shirts available for purchase (image below)

Additional Food and Drink available for purchase. Menu includes Pork Rib Sampler, Smoked Brisket Sandwich, Grilled Meatloaf Sandwich, Smoked Sausage Sandwich, Fried Okra, Fries.

CreekFest Sponsors

Thank you to those who have already signed up as 2017 CreekFest Sponsors!

Austin Parks Foundation

Hills Cafe

Asakura Robinson

Valley Mills Vineyards

Big Frog Custom T-shirts

Austin Ridge Riders

Montopolis Greenbelt

Dick Kallerman

Roy Waley, Barbara Hilliard Realtors

Becky Jolin and Jon Beall

Craig Smith and Mary Ann Neely

Karen Kocher and Tom Schatz


More information on our website.

Listen to the Bands! Learn about the artists. See the food for-purchase Menu.

Buy your tickets! 

$25 for three bands, a free drink, and a chip bar?! This is a good deal for a good cause. Considering adding on a CreekFest tee-shirt or sleaveless tee.

Let us know you are attending CreekFest on Facebook and be sure to invite your friends. 


Thank you for supporting Save Barton Creek Association

Since 1979, the Save Barton Creek Association has worked to preserve our natural heritage through our public education, advocacy, and conservation programs.

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!