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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Letter: Why we should save and restore Cape’s Dam

San Marcos resident JEFF HARPER writes that “this piece of San Marcos is important and not something that we should take lightly.”

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Letter: Will the city of San Marcos rise to the challenge with Cape’s Dam restoration?

San Marcos hotelier VIC PATEL writes that the city council should appoint a committee to create a masterplan for Thompson’s Islands and Stoke Parks along the San Marcos River.

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Letter: Why keep Cape’s Dam?

DUANE TE GROTENHIS, a San Marcos resident and co-owner of TG Canoe & Kayaks, writes, “If Cape’s Dam is removed, the historical left channel and mill race will be paddled, fished, and enjoyed no more.”

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Buda to study feasibility of storing Edwards Aquifer water in the Trinity Aquifer

Engineering firm CH2M will conduct an aquifer storage and recovery feasibility study for the city of Buda under a consulting agreement approved by the city council on Aug. 2. The study is anticipated to be complete within...

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Hays County commissioners vote to fund Trinity Aquifer monitoring well

The Hays County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to pay $100,000 toward the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District’s (BSEACD) planned new monitoring well in the Trinity Aquifer near Driftwood.

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Video: City releases ‘Life at 72 Degrees’ into the wild

“San Marcos River: Life at 72 Degrees,” an eight minute long web video produced by the city and Keep San Marcos Beautiful, aims to raise awareness of the delicacy and beauty of the San Marcos River among...

Friday, July 29th, 2016

On the edge of night: Preserving the night skies of the Texas Hill Country

Much of the Texas Hill Country still has night skies dark enough to see the Milky Way, but satellite images of the United States at night show a massive swath of brightly glowing yellow and white dots...

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Commentary: Let’s base Hays County water policy on science, not guesswork

Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley writes that he will ask the county judge and fellow commissioners to help fund an initiative to “develop the science and monitoring that we need to make informed decisions” about...

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Letter: Time running short for council to reverse Cape’s dam decision

COVER: River-goers relax on Thompson’s Islands overlooking Cape’s Dam in September 2012, prior to floods that damaged the historical structure. MERCURY FILE PHOTO by JAMIE MALDONADO. © 2012, All rights reserved. EDITOR: The San Marcos City Council...

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

San Marcos water contaminant exceeded state limits

On April 12, a notice of violation letter was received from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) confirming that the City’s water system had exceeded a Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) with a count...

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