SOS Supports Proposition 2

RECEIVED Tue., Oct. 24, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Thank you for Katherine Gregor’s informative article on the varying definitions of “conservation development” being discussed in Travis and Hays counties [“Save as We Pave,” News, Oct. 20]. To be sure, we need our local governments to take action to make all development less harmful to our environment.
    Most people understand that we cannot simultaneously pave and save the Edwards Aquifer and the Hill Country. We also know that it is far cheaper to protect sensitive watershed land than to pay for infrastructure to serve far-flung Hill Country sprawl that pollutes our creeks, streams, and aquifers.
    That’s why Save Our Springs Alliance supports Austin bond Proposition 2, which includes $50 million to protect undeveloped land in the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Watershed.
    Thanks also to Austin Chronicle readers for voting us Best Effort to Improve Austin (along with Keep Austin Beautiful) and for choosing Barton Springs as Best Swimming Hole [“Best of Austin,” Oct. 13]. Chronicle readers can help buy and protect critical Barton Springs Watershed lands now by voting for Austin bond Prop. 2. Early voting is already under way.
Thank you,
Bill Bunch
Save Our Springs Alliance
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