Nelson Guda, Photographer
Threats to Barton Creek persist today as Austin's growing population requires more water, roads, space and infrastructure. How we choose to direct this growth will determine the future of this premiere natural resource in the heart of our city.
Direct discharge of treated sewage effluent into creeks and streams causes algae blooms.
Save Barton Creek Association
Road building and new development in sensitive areas leads to polluted runoff and damage to aquifers.
Oil and gas pipelines threaten groundwater.
Aquifer over-pumping and drilling causes the lowering of the water table drying up springs and wells.
Discarding animal waste and trash on trails is unsanitary, unsightly and contributes to unhealthy levels of bacteria in the water.
Landscaping with invasive species such as this Nandina shrub disrupts native habitat. Use native species when designing your garden.
Aging sewer lines in and around creeks can leak, contaminating waterways with pollutants.