26 Oct
2016

“No Dripping Sewage” Rally at Barton Springs Pool (Friday, October 28, 2016, 5-7PM)

Help protect Onion Creek and Barton Springs By Attending the “No Dripping Sewage” Rally

Friday October 28, 5-7 pm ilovebartonsprings

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

 

The City of Dripping Springs has applied for a direct discharge wastewater permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to dump treated sewage into Onion Creek — a staggering 995,000 gallons per day. This unprecedented measure would threaten Dripping Springs’ drinking water and cause algae blooms that kill off wildlife from Dripping Springs to Austin. Onion Creek provides 40% of Barton Springs’ flow! This is a serious threat to drinking water, recreation, and ecosystems.

This Rally follows a letter  that SBCA and five other environmental organizations sent to the Austin City Council about Dripping Springs’ proposed discharge permit into Onion Creek. The coalition’s letter to Austin City Council was in response to finding that the City of Austin was in negotiation with Dripping Springs. You can read our press release and full letter to Austin City Council here.

#nodrippingsewage

 

[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
  • Join Bill Oliver in a song about protecting Onion Creek and Barton Springs

[Other Ways You Can Help]

If you are unable to make the rally please take action by sending your comments to TCEQ and Austin City Council. Visit www.savebartoncreek.org/onioncreekeffluent. Also consider attending the November 10th, 7 pm Public Hearing in Dripping Springs at 1042 Event Center Drive in Dripping Springs.

5 Oct
2016

October 6 — Last FBSP Pool Cleaning Event for 2016!!!!

As we close out the 2016 season, Friends of Barton Springs Pool will have the final volunteer pool cleaning on Thursday, October 6, 2016, with 2-hour shifts starting at 9am.  As the summer temps decline, this is a great chance to enjoy the pool in its pristine and uncrowded state while also helping “give back” to Barton Springs.  So if you’ve been playing coy all summer, waiting for us to beg before you come plunge in the pool, here’s your personal invite to come take care of Barton Springs Pool, our beloved watering hole.  Cleaning projects include push-brooming the pool bottom of the shallow end, scrubbing algae from the sides, rails, and stairs, and helping with landscape efforts to beautify the grounds, including weeding the lawn and gardens, turning the mulch, and generally lend a hand to make the pool and grounds as clean and beautiful as possible. So come roll up your sleeves, bring a friend, have a snack and enjoy the company of other Barton Springs enthusiasts. We look look forward to seeing you there!

 

Volunteers on the Earth Day broom line

 

 

11 Aug
2016

One Last(?) Pitch for the Living Springs Kickstarter Campaign (http://kck.st/2a0cgME)

If we may make what, in all likelihood, could very well be our last pitch for the Living Springs Kickstarter Campaign, you should know that the campaign is close, but not quite across the finish line.  The Kickstarter campaign deadline is Tuesday, August 16th at 11:00 a.m., so it’s now or nothing!

If you haven’t already (and thank you if you  have), you can make a donation here (http://kck.st/2a0cgME) before midnight tonight (August 11) and there will be a $500 matching grant in play.

More details about the upcoming video project are posted here, but you already know this is a worthy cause.  So pitch in, enjoy a well-deserved sense of satisfaction for helping with a great cause, and then come down to the Full Moon Swim on Thursday, August 18 for a celebration screening of Spirit Waters, “More a State than a Place,” Plants of Barton Springs, and Waterworks.  (As a reminder, the pool is now charging on the full moon nights, so while the screening is free, the swim is not.  Swim early, get your hand stamped and then swim after, either way it will be a fun a relaxing evening.)

Thanks for considering this shameless pitch for a worthy project!

5 Aug
2016

Living Springs Kickstarter Challenge

Friends, swimmers, pool fanatics:

For those who have not yet donated to the Living Springs Kickstarter campaign (http://kck.st/2a0cgME) and who need any incentive to support this wonderful work, please watch her delightful “Cleaning Day” video which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the volunteer work of Friends of Barton Springs Pool and others who work to keep the Springs clean and safe for swimmers and salamanders alike.

 

30 Jul
2016

Sunday Donor Plunge for Living Springs Kickstarter Campaign (July 31, 8:30am)

To support the Kickstarter campaign for the Livings Springs Interactive Documentary, Karen Kocher’s amazing and beautifully crafted labor of love, we’re asking every Friend and swimmer to pitch into the campaign (http://kck.st/2a0cgME), and then join us this Sunday (July 31, 8:30am) at the Springs for a Morning Leap!  If we all pitch in just $10, Karen can reach her fundraising goal, but any contribution helps.  Donate now (http://kck.st/2a0cgME), tell your friends, and join us for the Sunday Donor Plunge!!!!!!

 

28 Jul
2016

August 4 Volunteer Pool Cleaning — JOIN US YOU ALGAE-EATING FANATICS!

Yo, Friends of the Springs!  Summer is here, but despite the recent rain, there is still plenty of work to be done to help take care of Barton Cleaning-pic-for-Picnic-inviteSprings.   And since you’ve been playing coy all summer, waiting for us to beg before you come plunge in the pool, here’s your personal invite to come take care of Barton Springs Pool, our beloved watering hole, by signing up for pool cleaning shifts on August 4, 2016.

You can make a difference helping Barton Springs by signing up for the cleaning with the following easy steps:

1. Click this link, or the button below, to go to our invitation page on SignUp:
Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot
2. Enter your email address:(You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp)

3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.

You can also sign up or direct your questions to president@friendsofbartonspringspool.org

Pool cleanings take place in two-hour increments from 9-11 am, 11am – 1pm, and 1-3 pm.

At the seasonal monthly pool cleanings, FBSP volunteers scrub rocks, vacuum the pool bottom, clean algae off steps and railings, skim algae off the pool surface, plant flowers and help maintain the pool grounds, paint benches and trim, and generally lend a hand to make the pool and grounds as clean and beautiful as possible.

So come roll up your sleeves, bring a friend, have a snack and enjoy the company of other Barton Springs enthusiasts. We look look forward to seeing you there!

 

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