Twenty-six years ago today over 800 Austinites showed up at City Hall to protest the proposed 4,000 acre "Barton Creek PUD" development. The City Council heard public testimony all through the night, and voted as the sun rose the next day to deny the project. That night sparked the "Save Our Springs" movement, and led directly to Austin voters approving the citizen-initiated Save Our Springs ordinance in August 1992.

Watch excerpts from the Barton Creek Uprising here and read a document brief history of citizen advocacy (614 KB) for Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer in our letter to SOS members from last year. Check out Austin photographer extraordinaire Alan Pogue's photos from the June 7th, 1990 Barton Creek Uprising here.

Today proposals for $1.5 billion in highway and toll road expansions and proposed extensions of water pipelines into the Hill Country threaten to unleash unmanaged exurban sprawl on a scale not previously seen.


Together we can make a different, more sustainable future for Central Texas. With your help, we can steer our public dollars away from building roads and pipelines into the Hill Country and, instead, direct those funds to support economic development in the I-35/SH 130 corridor.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation today to both recognize 26 years of tenacious advocacy for our Hill Country home waters and to help us turn back these destructive road and pipeline boondoggles.