A petition to “Save Hamilton Pool” claims a proposal for an RV park nearby is threatening the beloved Hill Country swimming hole. According to the change.org petition, groundwater contamination, surface runoff and loss of habitat are among the threats posed by the possible development.
At publication time, the petition had garnered more than 9,000 signatures, with a goal of 10,000 signees. “I urge the Travis County Commissioners and LCRA Highland Lakes Watershed officials to take all necessary steps to protect the water quality of Hamilton Pool from current and future threats of contamination and to preserve its natural beauty for generations to come,” the petition reads. Bentree, the company behind the proposed RV park, told CBS Austin the concerns are unfounded and the development “will absolutely have zero impact at all polluting Hamilton Pool.”
Residents in the neighborhood nearby also told CBS Austin that the increase in traffic brought by the RV park will hinder access to the neighborhood. Read more about the group’s effort on their website.