“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.



[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.

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