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Protecting our planet can start in your own backyard

Founded in 2021, South Austin Creek Alliance (SACA) focuses on the protection and preservation of urban waterways and their surrounding ecosystems. Focusing on the creeks and tributaries south of the Highway 71/290 corridor, SACA has led numerous successful creek clean-ups in south Austin. Our goal is to build a community of people, including business and local governments, to protect and preserve these vital resources.

South Austin Creek Alliance Board Members:

Valarie Campbell - Founder/Board President

Anna Pittala - Vice President/Neighborhood Organizer

Caitlin Gabor, PhD - Secretary and Conservation physiologist

Richard Maness - Creek Advocacy

Brad Massingill - Creek Activist, Friends of Mystery Creek  


Water Resources - Green Spaces - Communities

As Austin grows, green spaces are shrinking. If you have ever heard of the Urban Heat Island effect, you are aware that green spaces are a valuable resource that protects cities from this issue. Green corridors are essential ecosystems for a multitude of plant and animal species. Naturally, everything in these systems rely on the waterways that nourish them. With the onslaught of construction and development, creeks and waterways in South Austin suffer from degradation. 
This is why our mission is to protect waterways, tributaries, and yes, even the dry creek beds that are so essential for green corridors.
South Austin Creek Alliance is driven by the need to create positive environmental impacts by advocating for the creeks and tributaries in south Austin, educating the public about the critical nature of these ecosystems, and organizing events to protect them.

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Speaking up for the protection of vital resources

Advocacy and education are necessary for the protection of these precious resources. Working with other nonprofits and local agencies helps us build a stronger voice on behalf of these ecosystems and the communities that surround them.


Getting to know our neighbors, across the street and in the creeks

We want to focus on getting the word out that helping the environment can start in your own backyard. Many people are unaware their house is built on top of one of the largest aquifers in the world or that the dry creek bed in their backyard is vital to fragile ecosystems. Our grassroots outreach efforts aim to bring neighbors together while protecting the greenspaces around us.


Are you ready to help protect a South Austin Creek?

We believe that there is no singular answer—every little bit helps when it comes to making an impact. There are many meaningful ways you can help us succeed in our mission. Have an idea that’s not listed below? Reach out and let us know.

Upcoming events:

We have lots of opportunities coming up for you to help keep our keep our creeks clean and cared for.
We will be taking care of a new segment of Williamson Creek at Heartwood Drive on March 23rd for World Water Day! Come help out with this special site that often has running water in part due to the natural springs in the area.
You can find more info on the givepulse site:

We are also teaming up with Keep Austin Beautiful for Keep Austin Beautiful Day on 4/20. 

Also, keep an eye out for a possible May Flowers Celebration in late Spring!

Check out our events page!

  • If you would like to do a creek-clean-up project or have some ideas for restoration and conservation in your nearby South Austin Creek, we would love to help.

  • If you need to drum up support for creek advocacy for your nearby creek in need, let us know!

  • Have a kiddo in need of some volunteer hours or scouting group that needs a project? Reach out and we will be happy to help.



Be a Force for Good!

Our work is never done, and we can use all the help we can get. One of the ways you can take part is by Volunteering. Spread the word about all that South Austin Creek Alliance is doing, and help us gain the support we need. Keep your eyes open for upcoming clean-up events by checking here and on our facebook page.


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Be Part of Something Great!

You too can be a creek leader and advocate! We have creek committees that focus on different parts of creeks, such as Williamson Creek West Greenbelt, Sunset Valley Williamson Creek Committee, Slaughter Creek, and others. If you would like more information about leading a creek committee in your chosen creek site, let us know and we can get you started.



Our Creeks Need Us!

Every individual has the ability to motivate others and inspire true change. By Organizing an Event, you become a crucial part of our movement by making sure that our mission is heard and has a far-reaching, lasting impact.

If you would like to learn more about the opportunities available to help out, please reach out! We would love to hear from you!

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"Environment is no one’s property to destroy; it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect."

– Mohith Agadi

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