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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

www.steelbettyband.com

Austin Lounge Lizards

www.austinlizards.com

Bill Oliver and the Otter Space Band

Your ticket will include:

-Admission

-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. 

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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.

New Letter on Dripping Springs Effluent to Austin City Council

March 6 2017:

SBCA and five other organizations sent a March 6th Letter to Austin City Council Members asking them to withdraw from a bad settlement proposal and continue negotiations with a goal of no discharge. Read the press release and February letter to Austin City Council.

We also recently discovered that US Fish and Wildlife also recommends a no discharge option due to effects on endangered species. Press Release Here.

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

 

SBCA Hires New Director in 2017

SBCA would like to share the news that we have officially hired Angela Richter as Executive Director in 2017!

For the past five months, Angela has served as Interim Executive Director and will continue to uphold SBCA’s legacy into the new year.

Come meet Angela at one of our upcoming events or shoot her an e-mail to get involved at angela@savebartoncreek.org

See our calendar of upcoming 2017 events HERE.

Great News! EPA Issues Objection to Dripping Springs’ Draft Permit

We heard from our friends at Protect Our Water this morning. In September, they petitioned the EPA to review the Dripping Springs’ TCEQ wastewater permit. Today, the EPA issued an Interim Objection to the permit. 

EPA’s objection is based on the fact that TCEQ inadequately analyzed the Draft Permit and the pollution is not justified.

EPA states, “[I]t is not clear how this permit conforms to the guidelines and requirements established by the Clean Water Act” 

“EPA cannot discern from the information provided what factors TCEQ considered in its determination of no significant degradation and whether the state’s analysis complied with TCEQ’s antidegradation policy and implementation procedures for Tier 2 review”

“Additional information is needed from [Dripping Springs]/TCEQ to show that these increases in Total P and Total N would not negatively impact the receiving waters”.

You can read more here. 

 

 

#NoDrippingSewage Rally a Success

On October 28th, SBCA held a #NoDrippingSewage Rally at Barton Springs Pool. The event was a great success that got news coverage, educated people about the issue, and generated over 50 letters to Austin’s mayor and City Council members, and a similar number to TCEQ. Why are we writing to Austin City Council? Because, they have been in negotiations with Dripping Springs. We want to be sure that the result of any negotiation is no direct discharge in Onion Creek.

 

 

Watch

Speakers on #NoDrippingSewage

Bill Oliver’s new song about #NoDrippingSewage

 
Ways to Help
1) Attend the TCEQ public meeting on November 10th at 7pm at Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive in Dripping Springs. The community will be allowed to speak up, giving public comment to TCEQ about its proposed wastewater discharge into Onion Creek.

2) Send your comments to TCEQ BEFORE November 10th.

3) Write a letter to the Austin City Council by following the instructions here.

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#NoDrippingSewage Rally This Friday at Barton Springs Pool

#NoDrippingSewage Rally

Friday October 28, 5-7 pm 

Barton Springs Pool (near the statue to the left of the main entrance)

RSVP on Facebook 

The Issue: The City of Dripping Springs has applied for a direct discharge wastewater permit to discharge 995,000 gallons/day of treated sewage into Onion Creek. This water would still contain nitrates and phosphates that cause algae blooms and reduce the oxygen that fish need to survive. Not to mention, other wastewater pollutants like pharmaceuticals.

Why are we gathering at Barton Springs Pool? Onion Creek is the source of 40% of Barton Springs flow!

At the Rally:
– Send a letter to TCEQ
-Send a letter to your Austin or Dripping Spring City Council members
– Costumes and/or signs encouraged
-make a protest sign
-help wrap our toilet paper mummy
-take a photo with a giant commode (aka toilet)
-let your kids play with “algae slime”
-learn more about this issue and how you can help
– get a #nodrippingsewage sticker

For more Information about the issue and to take action by sending your comments to TCEQ and Austin City Council visit www.savebartoncreek.org/onioncreekeffluent.

Come to this pre-halloween rally to help us make sure this scary proposition doesn’t happen.

#nodrippingsewage