At the presentation were a number of local groups that are working in one way or another to help protect Austin's natural resources. Included was the group, Austin Youth River Watch! I had first encountered this organization at the Earth Day festival at Huston-Tillotson U. this spring.
If you are interested in hands-on environmental science, check out this group! This is an after-school and summer program (that also pays a stipend to students who participate) where students learn to test and analyze water quality in our local rivers and creeks. Currently, there are about 120 students who are involved annually from 10 of our local high schools: Akins, Austin, Crockett, Eastside Memorial, Lanier, LBJ/LASA, Manor, McCallum, Reagan and Travis. This is a great way to learn by doing, perform a crucial service for Austin and earn some money at the same time. Check out the Austin Youth River Watch at this site or call 512-708-9115.