To ensure the survival of Texas’ rivers, lakes and streams, we need your help! Visit The Nature Conservancy’s ACL booth September 16, 17 or 18 to find out how you can help and pick up some cool stuff.

•  We’ll be giving away special edition ACL/Nature Conservancy t-shirts with every new membership!

•  Enter to win a brand new kayak*, courtesy of Austin Canoe & Kayak. The winner will be chosen at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 18 at our booth. And if you don’t live in town, don’t worry. The shipping is on us!

•  Email us today to reserve one of our free, limited supply of personal cooling devices. You’ll have to drop by our booth to see what we’re talking about, but trust us, you’ll be the coolest person at Zilker Park! To ensure you get yours, you can reserve ahead of time by sending an email to Anne Zuparko with COOL in the subject line. Include your name and the day you plan to stop by. We encourage you to visit our booth early, because once they’re gone, they’re gone!

We’ll also have Conservancy staff on hand to talk about one of the biggest issues facing Texas – clean, fresh water.

Did you know:

•  Texas’ current population is expected to double by 2060 and by then our water resources will be reduced by 1/5?

•  There is currently no statewide plan with funding to address water conservation?

During the worst one-year drought in recorded history, there are more than 25 million Texans with water needs – that’s 25 million straws in our lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers. Water is a commodity we cannot afford to waste, and the Conservancy is working hard to guarantee clean, plentiful resources for generations to come.

Stop by our ACL booth to see what we’re doing to make Texas a better, wetter place to live, work and play. Look for the big blue kayak in the ACL Cares section, just inside the entrance at Barton Springs.

* The sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the United States who are eighteen (18) or older. Official sweepstakes rules can be found here.


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