The city of San Marcos will hold a public meeting March 20 to discuss upcoming improvements along the San Marcos River as part of implementation of the Habitat Conservation Plan.
The meeting will held Wednesday at Dunbar Center, 801 Martin Luther King Drive, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to introduce the information and answer questions from the community.
“The city is involved in several projects, such as stabilizing banks, constructing river access areas, and planting native trees and shrubs along the river,” said Melani Howard, Watershed Protection Manager.
“A few of these projects have already begun—including removal of invasive species such as elephant ears and some non-native fish.”
Residents are encouraged to attend the come-and-go event to get answers to their questions.
“This will be a very visible project to protect our resources and assure public enjoyment of the river area for years to come,” Howard said. “It’s important for the public to be a part of this project and coming to this meeting is the first step.”
All the projects are integrated to improve the river habitat and make the river a more attractive resource, she added.
The city of San Marcos has embarked on the Habitat Conservation Plan in coordination with the Edwards Aquifer Authority, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The federal agency issued an Incidental Take Permit in February after regional agreement on the Habitat Conservation Plan to protect the endangered species in the San Marcos and Comal springs and rivers. Eight protected aquatic species live in the aquifer, springs or river.
In December, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission designated the upper San Marcos River as a “State Scientific Area” to protect endangered Texas Wild Rice, which grows only in the San Marcos River.
For more information, visit the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan website at www.eahcp.org or the city of San Marcos website at www.sanmarcostx.gov/hcp.Email | Print