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As temperatures in Austin rise, and rainfall decreases, the presence of toxic algae in our recreational waterways is beginning to show. City officials have been proactively monitoring and transparently publicizing the current conditions so that citizens are more aware of the threats for themselves and their pets this year. Join us in discussing the threats of toxic algae in Austin waterways with Brent Bellinger, Ph.D., Environmental Scientist Senior with the City of Austin, Watershed Protection Department. Learn how you can identify and avoid the areas where risks for exposure are increased. Hope you can join us!
Join Save Barton Creek Association and our friends at Living Springs, as we take a walk through time and discover the history of advocacy that saved Barton Creek! Hear from Barton Creek Time Stream creators Karen Kocher and Monica Flores, and folks that were there when it all happened. We will finish with a Q and A. Tens of thousands of visitors have enjoyed the nearly 14-mile Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin, Texas, but few know the tumultuous history behind its creation and preservation. The Barton Creek Time Stream exhibit shares these stories of 50+ years, featuring 40+ events and profiles 80+ individuals who worked to establish and preserve this unique green space for the people of Austin. The physical onsite exhibit consists of: The Time Stream Collage: a 12-foot timeline recreating the last 50+ years of Barton Creek stewardship efforts through curated photographs, newspaper articles, poster art, and other ephemera with descriptive text. Stewards Collage: a wall-sized photomontage featuring photographic portraits of the many stewards of Barton Creek. A set of binders contains the many stories of the more than 80 individuals who have participated in stewardship efforts over the last 50 years. A four-sided kiosk featuring: •current and future threats to Barton Creek and offering a way to connect to local groups who are working to protect the watershed. •a matching game to help the community identify native and non-native species of plants on the Barton Creek greenbelt. • A series of large-format archival photographs of Barton Creek by professional photographers Ford Lowcock, Charles Kruvand and Rob Greebon. •A summary essay written by journalist and former city official, Daryl Slusher. The Barton Creek Time Stream exhibit is a project of the Living Springs documentary series in collaboration with the Save Barton Creek Association and City of Austin’s Splash! exhibit at the Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center. The exhibit is generously supported by The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, the Austin Community Foundation, the Still Water Foundation and the Texas Fund for the Environment. You don't want to miss this unique educational and inspirational event! Hope to "see" you all there! :) Photo credit: Michael Adair
Join us as SBCA's Wastewater Campaign Organizer, Brian Zabcik, shares an illuminative report he has been working on concerning Hill Country streams and waterways, addressing their water quality and current threats. Brian is the former Clean Water Advocate at Environment Texas, where he focused on promoting green infrastructure features like rain gardens and rain harvesting to stop runoff pollution. He also helped write a GI resolution enacted by the Austin City Council and a GI bill passed by the Texas Legislature. Additionally, he authored a report on municipal stormwater policies in Texas and co-authored a report on bacteria pollution in the state’s waterways. Join us for this enlightening presentation with Brian! You don't want to miss it! Photo credit: Wimberly Valley Watershed Association
This is a rain-centric and informative festival installment to our Explorer's Guide outreach events, we hope that you will join us and celebrate the art of catching the rain and living lightly, responsibly and beautifully in the Texas hill country. Who could ask for more?! The Explorer's Guide is a print and online resource (https://explorersguide.org/) that aims to help you become the explorer you want to be. It highlights sites that tell the story of our eco-region, a beautiful oasis of land and water! We hope that you will use and share it! Come celebrate with us at the Hill Country Living FESTIVAL + Rainwater Revival in Dripping Springs and pick up your very own copy! Continued thanks to all of our sponsors and contributors, who allow us to provide this resource to the public for FREE! Details about the Festival at: http://www.hillcountryalliance.org/rainwaterrevival/ Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find: 100+ vendors, exhibitors, and demonstration sites Hill Country Marketplace for artists, artisans, and pop-up shops Native plant sale from Hays County Master Gardeners Citizen Science Circle – where science and citizens connect Interactive Workshops Build Your Own Rain Barrel (registration required) Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping (registration required) Raindrop Stop for Kids – hands-on, nature-based activities Texas Night Sky Festival exhibits and demonstrations The Mobile River from Colorado River Alliance Acoustic music stage Hill Country wine tasting Tricked-out travel trailers The Chicken Farm — and more! This is a FREE! Family, Friends & Dog Friendly Event! ***NOTE: The FESTIVAL is held Rain or Shine**** Our event location is inside of the expansive Dripping Springs Ranch Park. All vendor and Marketplace booths are inside with concrete floors. The arena is also inside, but with compact dirt floor – perfect for boot scootin’ and easy walking!