Two initiatives demonstrate Austin's environmental support

With its easy access to an abundance of parks and other natural hotspots, Austin has developed a reputation as a great city for nature lovers. In fact, AreaVibes recently listed Austin as number two on its list of best American cities, due in no small part to Austin's beauty and strong community of environmentally-minded citizens.

Of course, this reputation doesn't come by accident. In recent years, Austin residents and officials have devoted extra care to make the city as beautiful and eco-friendly as possible. These efforts have helped make the homes for sale in Austin a hot commodity for nature lovers.

Two recent initiatives demonstrate Texas' capital city's devotion to the environment, and are great examples of how residents and government members have worked together to keep Austin beautiful.

Clean creeks
Recently, about 40 Austin citizens gathered at One Texas Center to discuss the importance of improving the quality of several Austin creeks. Worried that the creeks are not being maintained properly, these citizens and several representatives aired their concerns and possible remedies in a public forum. Although the conversation was officially limited to four waterways - Waller, Walnut, Taylor Slough South and the Spicewood Tributary, many attendees expressed their desires to implement a more wide-ranging cleanup effort.

"[Potential solutions] that the city would be committed to do to the maximum extent feasible, we'd actually like to implement in all the watersheds in Austin," said Chris Herrington of Austin's Watershed Protection Department, according to KVUE.

The outpouring of support for such efforts demonstrates the strong sense of environmentalism present in Austin. Another recent effort similarly shows Austin officials' willingness to sacrifice in order to preserve the natural resources of this progressive city.

Endangered salamanders
When Austin officials learned of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's efforts to protect four species of endangered salamanders, they were more than willing to do their part to help the cause.

According to The Daily Texan, Austin officials agreed not only to support the effort, but also requested that the protection plan cover more space.

"The proposed critical habitat does not explicitly include all four surface spring sites in the Barton Springs complex, and it does not include any of the upstream watershed feeding subterranean and surface habitats of Barton Springs," stated the city's official response to the plan from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

People interested in living in a city that cares about protecting its natural resources may find that Austin is an ideal place to live.