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The spring-fed San Marcos River, home to several protected aquatic plant and animal species, will undergo improvement projects this year to remove exotic species, add native plants and stabilize banks. CITY OF SAN MARCOS PHOTO

The spring-fed San Marcos River, home to several protected aquatic plant and animal species, will undergo improvement projects this year to remove exotic species, add native plants and stabilize banks. CITY OF SAN MARCOS PHOTO

SUBMITTED REPORT

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.

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26 thoughts on “Meeting will examine river habitat plan

  1. What a joke….try NOT building on the river, try NOT doing construction and road projects NEAR the river. Why don’t you place the PCE PLUMES on your list. See construction downtown over the PCE plume..and all the equipment you are storing directly ON TOP of the PCE plume, where there are monitoring sensors. Riddle me this, should you not be monitoring the PCE plume during construction? Tell me how can you monitor them when you have TONS of equipment on top of these sensors.

    “constructing river access areas” now that could not have anything to do with your alcohol ban?

    Holding a meeting about the river…ha ha ha, that one will have me laughing all day long. Hey, why don’t you hold it during a P&Z meeting to see how wonderfully aligned all of your projects are with the river.

  2. As one who actually attended the meeting and is familiar with those that are beginning the long process of reversing the damages of ignorance, I am glad that broad solutions and reporations are being implemented! These programs and projects will bolster the defense of our beautiful river and the watersheds connected to it. Thank God we are no longer going to allow our river and its adjacent banks to be used as open air bar for unaware masses that would selfishly destroy such a beautiful treasure with their destructive presence! Connecting these various programs and their absolute integrity to the surrounding plans of greedy developers will surely be a better plan forward, as we end once and for all the destructive insanity that created the problems our jewel faces to begin with! 🙂 jlb

  3. I don’t think drinking should be banned, but should be those who litter should be heavily fined. In the past I’ve been a frequent tuber, and on occasion a beer might fall out and get lost, but I do everything I can to try and get it. I also snorkel and pick up trash from time to time. The San Marcos river is amazing and I love to enjoy it for multiple activities. I just wish others would respect it like I do. There’s nothing like it in Texas.

  4. I would like to see public policy which places limits on development vs. individual freedom.

    1000 litterbugs who pollute will never equal the damage of ONE developer.

    THE later is what is continually favored by elected officials, the former is the party with rules placed on it.

    See the damage about to occur to Cape’s Camp. See all the road construction near the river and over PCE plumes – TOXIC WASTE.

    So again, its a knee slapper that we are replacing things that are now gone and taking out things we perceive we have to much of – good ole humanity always thinks it knows best for the river.

    Jaimy your understanding of the river is about as informed as your foreign policy.

  5. Lisa, your antagonistic approach to communication is overtly your destiny, and yours alone. Personal attacks from irrelevant mouthpieces are like nats that serve no real purpose. I will pray for the delusional view of the world around you that weaves throughout the hateful clanging of your irritating gong. Be happy, with yourself, maybe then you can quit hating on the world so much perhaps. 🙂 jlb

  6. That new over pass will be just wonderful for the river. Go head plant all the elephant ears you’d like. Jaimy, i’d encourage YOU to review your rhetoric on the other thread. Such poison advocacy guided by zippo research.

    Ha ha “personal attacks” from the author of the Wanted Poster of our elected officials. Check yourself JB. “unaware masses that would selfishly destroy such a beautiful treasure with their destructive presence” p-lease

    The point is that these little feel good programs do nothing for our community when the larger picture of public policy decisions are ignored.

  7. Knowing that these are not feel good programs, and that many groups have been honorably and tirelessly working towards solutions that will repair, protect and enhance our river and the watersheds around and above it is all that needs to realized. The last thing I want to do here is engage in a pissing battle with someone that is consumed with hate, anger and envy, instead of sensible problem solving. Ancient German/ Irish proverb…. One who apposes everything and seeks only personal glory/ recognition finds oneself alone….That truth being confirmed, such a person might begin to educate themselves as to what is actually being done to repair past damages of human ignorance, developer greed and haste by the city to allow things to go unchecked. The reporations of Sessom Watershed are in the research and engineering phase, consultants are studying the situation and soon will be releasing their findings and future plans. Connecting all this to pending PDD applications like Darren Caseys at Sessom Canyon will hopefully at last bring intelligent decisions from our Mayor and City Council when it passes before them. Lisa, I wish you would put some of your exuberant energy towards problem solving and solution creation, instead of the vicious attacks you appear to thrive upon. What I do and why I do it is no apparently beyond your limited peripheral vision capacity, best leave it alone and mind your own business and leave the name calling and character assasinations out of the conversation.I have no quarter with you, and desire none, as a matter of fact it baffles me why you would want to attack people that are simply trying to bring positive changes to our city that many agree with. Peace then, let a dead dog be, and my name out of your vocabulary. A report was done last time this harrassment appeared, hopefully corrective actions will not be required in the future. 🙂 jlb

  8. Patrick, you may want to do your research of the trajectory of that poster. Jaimy, I do much work in this community that does not hit the papers. I can express my opinion. You elected to engage in a debate. You have not answered any of my substantive arguments. How will your programs solve for the river’s pollution? They won’t. It takes more than frying up hot dogs at city hall Jaimy. And, more than feel good programs. And, more than little leaflets creating drama. If they can’t monitor the PERC now downtown, will they do it at Cape’s Camp? These are the questions you should be asking, rather than picking a debate on newstreams. Where were you when all these problems started? Didn’t see you down at city hall and energizing the south side.

    Thank you to each person in this community that picks up trash on both organized clean ups and when they walk around. town. WE all help in our own way. However, the acts of each person who loves this town, will never ameliorate the decisions made by a pen from City Hall. I engaged in no attacks except the FACT that development is hurting the river that we both love. You can choose to interpret my advocacy as you wish. People try that tactic all the time on Brad’s paper. And, at least you use your real name.

    Toodles, off to my comic ….im clearly wasting my time +

  9. Lisa, you are simply wrong and I have no need to do research on the “trajectory” of that poster. I know its genesis and you do not. I have nothing more to say about it.

  10. Tell us then Patrick. Because the impression was given complete opposite to me via multiple people, via multiple forms of communication. Perhaps they are covering the tracks of the poison keyboard saboteur. I’m thrilled about the new overpass. It will be just wonderful for our river. Have fun with these river penitence projects. If anyone wants to STOP pollution then STOP the overpass. Or stop other forms of pollution derived from development. Ask about the PERC downtown. But, no its easier for “activists” to pick fights. My frustrations are aligned with many LIFE LONG residents. Many say “Im ready to move.” Or, have outright moved. They feel hopeless that their property rights are being infringed upon. They are alarmed that the river is being polluted and the same people keep getting appointed to the same boards. Y’all be apart of the solution. And, to enact that notion takes more than pumping out embarrassing leaflets and pulling cheap media stunts.

  11. LIsa, I suggest you worry about your own problems and quit harrasing people about how they are doing things, that by the way, 99% of the folks agree with:-) The poster is a release of Protect San Marcos Media, it creator is protected as all sources are in journalism. Your rants about how aother people choose to fight this battle need to be kept to yourself, and you need to stop including my name in them. As I said earlier, a report was done when your screws got loose after I released the posters, and threats were reported, etc. I suggest it would be in your best interest to mind your own business here forward, frankly dear, no one gives a darn about what you rant about anyway. Be a part of the solutions, and not the source of discourse. Your illussions that somehow a bunch of people were a part of your imaginary coalition/ consensus were laughable to many. Please move on now, we have much hard work ahead in San Marcos, and personally, I get the feeling that progress is being made. Sometimes the results are hard to see on the face of things, but they are there, none-the-less 🙂 jlb

  12. ” I get the feeling that progress is being made. Sometimes the results are hard to see on the face of things, but they are there, none-the-less jlb”

    You’re right Jaimie and you’re right Lisa, United we stand, divided we fall~ keep that in mind. We are just a microcosm of all that is wrong in city, state, and federal government. Wish me luck on the charter review, I don’t have much friendly encounters when I go into that lion’s den, but I’m doing all I can for SM hoods and the river, darn shame nepotism laws only call for those who are paid. Hmmm……

  13. Jaimy, i was expressing my opinion on an online forum. YOU elected to tell me how YOU think i should conduct myself online and in this community. I responded. And, here you go again.

    You never denied you were the author of the poster until now. That poster stopped a social movement. If you want to make personal attacks to cover up poor taste in a poster, maybe that makes you feel better. It was the most childish form of social activism I’ve ever seen in this community. This is a community where activists hold themselves to the highest standard and where many residents resonate with “fringe” movements. And, since I stopped the movement, funny, I haven not seen anything from you or your group on Capes’ Camp. Funny how that works right…

    THANK YOU MELISSA. PS I found my Poser disk =) Give your hubby my best!! I loved your last protest with the tombstones (saw photos online and they are in my comic)!

    “Your illussions [sic] that somehow a bunch of people were a part of your imaginary coalition/ consensus were laughable to many” demonstrates your character, and again your understanding of San Marcos politics. So, on one hand you think you can stop development by frying up hot dogs at city hall getting the troops energized, on the other hand it is inconceivable that someone else, who has been doing this for over 20 years can build a coalition. And all the time launching attacks against another activist that does actually attend meetings and does write e-mails and does invite other residents to become involved. So encouraging to work as an actiivvst with folks like you Jaimy as a “leader.” See the microchiping footage weeblo activist. Oh, and go to the election returns, of those who can vote, 5000 is a nice chucky coalition. Yes, we had the power for a recall, but why would anyone want to a group that seeks to sabotage a community-based movement with an offensive poster giving the impression we were behind the 4rd grade stunt. You broke your word you would not pull any cheap media stunts, the VERY DAY you spoke with me. It is you who only sees things in either – or dichotomies. This is abundantly clear how you characterize people you don’t even know half a world away.

    Again, these projects will never solve for pollution. My original statement on the post stands. Nice job Jaimy taking it down to lowest common dominator discussion. Im sure you got lots of work done for the river yesterday. Why don’t you stop the overpass. But, that would take WORK now wouldn’t it.

  14. This is the last im going to say on it, unless someone says something really disrespectful.

    Bascialy, not only did that poster let me down, it let ALLLLLLLLL the other people who made committments down. People were energized, they were organized and were working hard to increase public awareness. With that stunt you made EVERYONE look bad. I can’t be apart of that sort of behavior.

    At least after this thread a few of us have made up by back channel.

  15. Sorry Brad, but I have something I simply must share 🙂

    Hello River Lovers!! There’s an important meeting on Tuesday at the Parks Board. If you want to Save Sessom Canyon please be there at the parks and rec center at 5:30 (NOT 6:00 like PZ and CC) at the corner of Hopkins and CM Allen near the sites and sounds stage.

    Darren Casey submitted his new plans for his mega-housing project on the slope of Sessom Canyon, which feeds directly into the headwaters of the San Marcos River.

    He ONCE AGAIN, is trying to get around the super majority vote required after the submission of signatures to the city by all those w/in 200 ft. of his project that are opposed.

    Last year his project included the full 5 acres that is w/in 200 feet of the neighbors, and then POOF, all of the sudden “another entity” owned the land and therefore it was no longer a part of his project hence NO ONE lives w/in 200 ft of his project TO PROTEST it.

    We can’t let these kind of shenanigans to be visited upon the will of the people of San Marcos to stop development that they do NOT want in their city. It will be interesting to see how his team intends to spin this ~ we need all of the support we can get for the parks board to stop this in it tracks. PZ meeting next week will be even MORE important, so if you have to pick, pick PZ next week, but PLEASE, PLEASE show your support at one of these meetings.

    As always please share 🙂

  16. Realizing that LMC lives in a world apart from the one the rest of live in, I must simply say that I have never been, am not presently, nor shall ever intend to be in any “group” ” movement” ” cause” that LMC is associated with. Her wretched attacks on me, and i do act and speak alone for JLB only, and the feeble attempt to weave connections and associations between causes and the people that are actively supporting them, are beginning to simply irritate me. Perhaps she is attempting to write some sort of fiction passion play, one that stars LMC as the leader of???? Hmmm. Unity of similar passions should be the path and plan of a true leader, not viscous, slanderous non-sense not unlike the squabbles you would imagine on a kindergarten playground! Grow up, and don’t worry or condemn what Jaimy L.Breihan is doing, simply because I was called to do it, and then leave this stage. I only want my friends, neighbors and fellow citizens to have a decent, safe and environmentally beautiful place to liove out their lives. In closing, with respect to the author of the post where this all began, thanks for your patience. I full heartedly support all that the entities in San Marcos are doing to correct the mistakes of the past in regards to developement practices,wildlife, watersheds and our beautiful river that they feed into. This is all that i seek. 🙂 jlb

  17. LMC said ” Jaimy your understanding of the river is about as informed as your foreign policy”. (End quote)Remove your saber now LMC, it was all you. Oh, FYI, we are in San Marcos, Texas, dealing with local issues alone, as was the subject of the article. 🙂 jlb

  18. “THANK YOU MELISSA. PS I found my Poser disk =) Give your hubby my best!! I loved your last protest with the tombstones (saw photos online and they are in my comic)!”

    I will Lisa, glad you liked the funeral. It was a sad display of what bad city planning has and is doing to our city. I was really touched by how many people placed roses at the tombstone of the land that was killed or slated to be killed that touched their hearts the most. We had to get MORE roses and at the end had to pick up roses already placed to offer others their chance to pay their respects. Two of our city council members even stopped to place roses.

  19. Geez, what an entertaining bunch you guys are. With all of the in-fighting, the developer will surely be successful! How about staying on topic? It doesn’t help to attack each other.

    The HCP might be the trogan horse that we have feared. One part of the HCP is the permit of the City of San Marcos to allow a “taking” of endangered species in order to allow a development to be built where these endangered species exist. This practice is called land bank mitigation. I am somewhat skeptical of any renovation plan of the river, but if Diane is overseeing it, it might just do well.

  20. “One part of the HCP is the permit of the City of San Marcos to allow a “taking” of endangered species in order to allow a development to be built where these endangered species exist. This practice is called land bank mitigation.”

    Kinda like Atlas Shrugged (WONDERFUL MOVIE watched yesterday) except our commerce is endangered species! Thank you John Brasso! Go Ms. Wassenich!

    I’d love to hear WHY we got to this phase. Have watched it happen for over 20 years. Its like watching a train wreck in slow motion – so sad. Meanwhile, we have county commissioners who vote against Clean Air Force of Texas funding and then cite air quality as a rationale for an over pass RIGHT NEAR THE RIVER. I”d love to see other communities with endangered species and if they have all this construction. This is not Dallas, Texas. This is a unique community and clearly our policy makers listen to League of Cities generic lectures versus being loyal to the needs of their own community. Spend that federal and state money! And, in the end who is getting all these jobs. Not local San Martians. They are all out of towners. Nice way to artificially boost your sales figures downtown.

  21. As one who is involved hands on in both the HCP projects as well as many of my own river cleanups I think I can speak for the HCP in saying that at least something is being done to reverse the neglect of the health of our river and I applaud those on charge of getting the wheels moving on this…it is long overdue….I take offense Lisa that you would call the work I’m doing a joke….yes our city officials have made decisions we don’t like but I can tell you by hearing through the grapevine that their hands were tied many years ago by people who used to run the city and set it up to be this way many years down the line…this doesn’t mean I agree with their decision but it sheds some understanding as to why they may have done what they did….this being said I’m pleased they have ageed to finally spend time and money on the river….as far as pollution goes the only way to stem this flow will be through more education and possibly harsher laws….both of which the city has taken aim at in the past few years….unfortunately you can’t control everyone…pollution will happen where large gatherings of people come together.. Educating more people of the gem our river is may take a while but I do believe in this cause…it is certainly no joke and I don’t treat it as one

  22. Hi Derrick,

    Maybe you did not read my thank you’s to all that work to protect our river on their own and by organized efforts. The point is that we can each act on our own or on crews, but this will NEVER mitigate the damage being done by pollution which our policy makers can prevent. Thanks for all you do, i’ve already written that in this thread.

    “hands were tied many years ago by people who used to run the city and set it up to be this way many years down the line” hands were not tied on many issues that have been recently voted on, and many of us have worked for years to Un-tie the damage done.

    Feel good programs get press, the pollution and source of the pollution, which creates long term effects to the river do not.

    I’d like to hear more of John Brasso is talking about, it is relevant.

    “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.” So, riddle me this why is there all this road construction near the river? And, how to you come to terms with Cape’s Camp?

    If our policy makers won’t vote to protect the river when they have this power thru signature, then what laws exactly do you propose? Do we all need to get involved at the state legislature level since our attendance at meetings and petitions have been outright ignored? Please help me understand.

  23. PS:

    “Educating more people of the gem our river is may take a while but I do believe in this cause”

    Perhaps we should begin with the Dias, those that have the POWER to make changes or protect the river. Its pretty much a given the community knows the sacred power of this river. This can be seen by public attendance at meetings at every turn where it is threatened.

  24. Parks Board tomorro 3-26-2013 5:30 PM. More tricks from Darren Casey on his attempts to develop Sessom Canyon/ Creek area above the river and in a established residential neighborhood. Substantive arguements against this project should be sent to the Parks Board members and also SHOW UP AND SAY YOU PIECE IN PERSON, PLEASE. I think the normal city hall tailgate will be moved to the parks board parking lot for this meeting. 🙂 JLB

  25. Study the science of riparian restoration and you may begin to understand that this is more than just a feel good program for the city….whether there are other issues at hand or not….let’s be thankful we live in a town that at least keeps some concerns of the river in mind….ever seen the river banks of Victoria, Texas….if you wanna see total neglect of the health of a riparian area venture down that way via kayak or canoe….it makes San Marcos issues seem petty…I do understand that it’s not the headwaters of the river and that we have our own issues to deal with here….I say all that though to back up my first point in saying that the city did not have to authorize spending the amount of money they did for theses multiple projects….thankfully they did for the benefit of future generations….I thank you for acknowledging our work Lisa but I still don’t agree with them being “feel-good” programs…these are projects that if not done now will just continue to choke the life from our rivers and watersheds….not trying to cause any beef but I will defend the work we are doing cause I believe it to be at least one step in the right direction for the health of our river

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