Voters nix strengthening the Save Our Springs Ordinance. Anti-regulatory sentiment could have contributed to this outcome but others blame confusing ballot language.
Strengthening SOS did not have the united approval of all environmentalists. Some said approving it would spur a state-level back lash, putting future environmental efforts at risk.
The opposition didn't have to do with opposition to the environment as a priority. It [the ballot language] just wasn't precise enough, and that was the issue.
— Jackie Goodman, Former City Councilmember
Efforts to toughen the SOS Ordinance was motivated by AMD's decision to build a new campus over the Barton Springs Watershed.
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