EDITOR:Your editorial pages this week illustrate a critical point in the debate about the fate of Cape’s Dam weir on the San Marcos River: No one can be certain about how its destruction will affect the future of a precious riverine parkland much beloved for healthy recreational use by city residents and visitors.
It is also clear to me that prompt action is needed to prevent injury in the highly dangerous water around the breaches in Capes Dam enlarged by this year’s flooding. In my opinion the best way to optimize public safety and the public health benefits of aquatic parklands will be actions like those taken in the transformation of Rio Vista Falls from a hazard to a safe place for physically active public recreation.
Destruction of the dam is a risky gamble based on variable assumptions, whereas restoration is certain to preserve the beautiful waterfall and swimming hole pictured in your recent coverage, and the stretch between there and Rio Vista Falls that San Marcos residents, frequent kayaking visitors like me, and diverse fish species, have enjoyed for many decades.
ALFRED L. McALISTER, Ph.D.
ALFRED L. McALISTER is a behavioral health professor at the University of Texas’ School of Public Health. The San Marcos Mercury welcomes original letters to the editor about issues of public interest. Send letters through our contact page or email them to Editor & Publisher Brad Rollins.