17 Feb

2017 Spring Cleaning — Mark Your Calendar for Saturday, March 4

What say we schedule a little SPRING CLEANING?  Friends of Barton Springs Pool’s “Spring Cleaning” will be on Saturday, March 4, 2017, allowing volunteers to give back to Barton Springs Pool by helping spiff up the pool before the pool reopens.  So if you’re weary of winter and seeking spring solace in the cool and clear waters of our beloved Barton Springs, come help the Springs with some lovin, scrubbin, weedin’, mulchin’, aeratin’, whackin’, brushin’, gardenin’, and just getting down in the groovy cleaning vibe of the SPRING CLEAN to help clean up the pool before the swim season reopens!!!!!

Volunteers can choose from 4 two hour shifts, starting at 9am.  Please sign up for a shift at the SignUp link (http://signup.com/go/a4w8tV) to help spiff up the pool before the pool reopens.  We’ll have some yummy grub and refreshments, including delicioso tacos from our friends and supporters at Tacodeli!

Volunteer pool cleaning activities include push-brooming algae from the pool bottom, spreading mulch, landscaping and weeding work in the grounds, cleaning stair and sidewall rails, trimming and/or composting weeds and plants from the pool, painting bathroom facilities, planting around the pool grounds, repairing pool and grounds equipment, and generally lending a hand to make the pool and grounds as clean and beautiful as possible. There are lots of projects both in and out of the water, so please dress appropriately. This means long sleeves, pants and shirt, closed toed shoes and socks for grounds work. Wet clothes for working in the pool. Don’t forget your towel and sun protection! We like to think that we make the springs a better place for swimmers and the natural habitat that live there year round. So come on out and join us for the Friends of Barton Springs Pool spring cleaning extravaganza!!!

We are truly grateful for all the support from Austin Parks Foundation which makes our cleaning days possible, including generous grant support to buy tools and cleaning equipment. Next year, we hope to be a full partner with the IMPD experience, but for this year, we welcome any and all volunteers to our Friends of Barton Springs Pool day at Barton Springs!



Volunteers on the Earth Day broom line

9 Feb

PRESS RELEASE: Eighth Annual “Give 5% to Mother Earth” Campaign Unites Environmental Nonprofits with Local Business Community

AUSTIN, TX – February 9, 2017 – FriendUntitleds of Barton Springs Pool, along with eight other environmental non-profits, is encouraging the Central Texas community to eat, shop, play, and more to support the “Give 5% to Mother Earth” campaign – taking place at local business locations all over Austin on Earth Day, April 21, 2017!

“Give 5% to Mother Earth” is a collaboration between Shoal Creek Conservancy, Hill Country Conservancy, Austin Parks Foundation, Sustainable Food Center, Pease Park Conservancy, Waller Creek Conservancy, TreeFolks, The Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund, and Friends of Barton Springs Pool.  Local businesses have committed to donate five percent of gross sales on Earth Day to these non-profits that dedicate their time and energy into making Central Texas a better place.

With the number of new businesses and sponsors involved, as well as additional non-profit beneficiaries, the campaign has become a significant source of funding for our environmental community, as well as a model for similar programs around the nation.  Now we need Austin to help make the outcome this year bigger and better than ever!

In its eighth year, the “Give 5% to Mother Earth” campaign has become a substantial source of annual fundraising for each beneficiary. Since inception, the campaign has raised thousands of dollars for environmental non-profits that work year round to better the local environment in multiple ways.  By participating in this campaign, local business owners and the community are making a significant positive impact on the future of Austin’s natural resources.

Last year, the Give 5% Campaign raised $50,000, and our goal in 2017 is to double our impact and raise $100,000 for our nonprofit partners. We are so thankful to you and all of our business partners for your contributions to this goal and mission!

For more a full list of participating businesses and sponsor and “Give 5% to Mother Earth” events, visit AustinGive5.org.  If you would like to sign up to participate online the new link to do that is: https://austingive5.org/for-businesses/#signup


26 Oct

“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.

5 Oct

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

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

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.


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