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Sierra Club Monthly Program: Secrets of Barton Creek
July 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
From the Sierra Club –
NOTE: We are returning to Scholz Garten location!
Happy Hour /food and beverages (http://www.scholzgarten.com/): 6-7 pm
Socializing and informal discussions on current events: 6-7 pm
Announcements and program begin at 7 pm
PROGRAM: Secrets of Barton Creek, with Ed Crowell and Angela Richter
Ed Crowell, author of Barton Creek (with a forward by Andrew Sansom of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment), will discuss his journeys with photographer Alberto Martinez along the creek from Barton Springs Pool to its source in northwest Hays County. Angela Richter will speak about the role of Save Barton Creek Association in protecting the creek and about the issues the creek is facing.
While the iconic Barton Springs Pool and its seven miles of public greenbelt are familiar to most Austinites, less is known about the forty-odd miles beyond that tumble and twist across private lands that eventually feeds the Colorado River. Upstream tributaries and other creeks flow across mostly rural acreage, attracting new housing and business developments. Endangered species of salamanders and birds that depend on the Edwards Aquifer and its unique habitats face an uncertain future. Following the creek from Barton Springs Pool to its source as a cow-pasture trickle, longtime resident and journalist Ed Crowell explores the creek’s historic and current residents, and the mounting environmental pressures threatening it, highlighting the passionate individuals involved in the stream’s preservation, from city scientists to local landowners who want to see the creek running clear and clean for future generations.
ED CROWELL is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer. During his tenure at the Austin American-Statesman, he served as city editor, state editor, and features editor. He is coauthor of Barefoot Pirate: The Tall Ships and Tales of Windjammer, and he resides in Austin. Crowell will have books – published by Texas A&M Press – available for sale at the meeting.
ANGELA RICHTER has served as Executive Director of Save Barton Creek Association since 2016. She holds an MS in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in Environmental Studies from Villanova University. She previously worked as Outreach Coordinator for Clean Water Action’s Austin office. Angela is passionate about connecting people to nature and protecting our incredibly rich and beautiful Central Texas environment. Angela enjoys exploring nature and gardening with her husband and two-year-old son. She also serves on the board of the nonprofit, Walk Austin, a pedestrian advocacy group.
Consider biking, carpooling, or taking Cap Metro (http://www.capmetro.org/planner) to the meeting. Free parking is available after 6pm on San Jacinto and nearby streets.