September 7, 2017 — First Thursday Barton Springs Volunteer Cleaning!!!!

With this month’s jaunty boast, we taunt the faux floods here and invite folks to join Friends of Barton Springs Pool at next Thursday’s volunteer pool cleaning:

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
The Harvey Floods tried,
But couldn’t close our pool!

We’re expecting MASSIVE turnout from the good folks at C3 Presents, along with our stalwart supporters at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company, so please join us at the Springs!  Also, please help us organize our upcoming activity by clicking the link below to learn more and sign up to help:

Thanks for making a difference!

PS —  For something that rhymes with “Cleaning,” you can also attend the Living Springs Screening of “Wildlands” on Saturday, September 2 on the south side (7:30-8:30PM).  Hosted by Living Springs an Interactive Documentary about Barton Springs and Save Barton Creek Association, the 22-minute “Wildlands” documentary will showcase Austin’s water quality protection lands that Austin voters purchased to protect the aquifer. Learn about the significance and importance of preserving our aquifer lands. Swim before or after. Environmental groups will be on hand before the screening to talk about how you can get involved in community efforts to support the Springs, creeks and aquifer.


Presidents Report (Aug-Sept 2017)



We are proud to announce the addition of Seth (Jason) Cross to our FBSP board as the new Fundraising Chair. After a lively discussion at our booth on the south side in July, Seth expressed interest in getting involved. He has experience as a lifeguard at BSP in the 90’s is a regular lap swimmer and has a deep appreciation for who we are and what we are doing so please welcome Seth to our team.

We are still seeking to fill Duck Kiss(1)vacancies at Vice President, and Membership so if you have an interested please get in touch with me at [].

THANKS TO THOSE THAT HELPED!! As you know we are working hard to remove non-native plants at BSP. One of our challenges is finding people that are not allergic to poison ivy to volunteer. Last month we put a callout to our membership and the response has been amazing. We also had a member offer the services of his baby goats who graze on the poison ivy and we are hoping to work out the details to make that part of our monthly pool cleanings in the future. Irrigation of the grounds using creek water has been a challenge this summer due to some issues with the pump. We met with PARD and we are happy to report they will be replacing the pump with a system that is programmable and capable of pumping at the wide range of pump flow and pressure needs that are required at the pool.

NO SPRAY ON SUNSCREEN AT THE POOL!! This has become a nuisance to anyone that is exposed to the cloud of sunscreen and its effects on water quality. Advocating for a total ban on sunscreen seems a bit excessive so we are hoping that with some added signage and possibly some other methods we can reduce this issue in the future. If anyone has any suggestions we ask that you write them out and submit them at the pool’s suggestion box or email them to me at []

PLANTING POOL TREES  Planting trees at BSP, we recently met with PARD-Forestry department to advocate for replacing some lost trees at BSP. FBSP has funding available and we are working out the details to get this done as soon as possible.

QUIETER POOL  Have you noticed the reduction in pump noise coming from Eliza!!! A group of stakeholders following a suggestion by Bill Bunch(SOS) to cover the pumps were successful in convincing PARD/Watershed that this was important. A big shout out to Bill for the idea and the perseverance of the stakeholders involved in making it happen.

HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX FUNDS FOR PARKS AND BARTON SPRINGS  Finding funding for improvements to the Bathhouse and possible new Zilker Welcome Center are in the works at city hall. Mayor Adler recently held a press conference where he proposed a 2% Hotel Occupancy Tax to address funding the “downtown puzzle”, that includes a new convention center, homeless issues downtown, additional historic preservation of tourist destinations in the city, and other community benefits for our parks, cultural arts, and commercial music venues. This by no means is the complete story, it is complicated, and controversial but we are encouraged by the proposal and support any effort that will help with funding Barton Springs Pool Master Plan efforts to rehabilitate the bathhouse.

CELEBRATING THE DAY LIGHTING OF ELIZA SPRINGS  While we still do not have a date for coordinating this event, we all are exhausted and confused by how long this has taken but in the end we will be able to rejoice in raising awareness to our most important Barton Springs Salamander Habitat and that my friends is a good thing!

See you at the pool,
Steve Barnick
FBSP President

NOTE: Our next south side booth is Sun(9/3) 10-4 and volunteer pool cleaning is Thurs(9/7) 9-3.

Aug. 8 Living Springs Screening Moved to ABGB

Due to inclement weather, the Living Springs retrospective screening scheduled for tomorrow (August 8) has been moved “indoors” to the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (ALiving SpringsBGB), 1305 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704.  Presented in conjunction with the Save Our Springs Alliance and the Save Barton Creek Association, this special screening marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Save Our Springs Ordinance, and will include special remarks from Brigid Shea, former head of S.O.S. and current Travis County Commissioner. Come learn some important Austin history about Austin’s favorite swimming hole!

Ground is the first documentary produced by Austin-based media producer, Karen Kocher. Although low-tech and a student project, the video nonetheless recounts some important history in the citizen-efforts to protect the Springs.

Come raise a glass with us.