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Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Great Texas River Cleanup volunteers clear 15,000 pounds of trash

The 32nd Annual Great Texas River Clean Up was a rainy day, but that didn’t stop volunteers from coming out March 4 to pick up almost 15,000 pounds of trash and recyclable litter from the San Marcos River watershed, and 20 cubic yards of trash and recyclables out of the river itself.

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Texas State student dragged by river shuttle bus, sheriff says

Authorities are investigating the death of a 20-year-old Texas State University student whose body was found this weekend beneath a shuttle bus at a popular concert and water recreation venue on 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.”

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, March 25th, 2016

City warns of elevated bacteria levels in San Marcos River

Elevated levels of E.coli bacteria have been detected in the San Marcos River between the Interstate 35 bridge and the confluence with the Blanco River.

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

San Marcos to reopen flood-damaged Lower Purgatory park this weekend

Trails in Lower Purgatory Creek Natural Area will reopen Saturday, March 5 but work continues as crews repair the extensive damage caused by last year’s historic flooding.

Friday, February 19th, 2016

GBRA to buy ‘vintage’ San Marcos River water rights from Thornton family

Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) directors approved the purchase of vintage San Marcos River water rights from the family of the late Ed Cape, who was a former GBRA general manager and instrumental in getting Canyon Reservoir constructed...

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Letter: Removing Cape’s Dam ‘a risky gamble’

ALFRED L. McALISTER, a UT School of Public Health professor, writes that ‘prompt action is needed to prevent injury in the highly dangerous water around the breaches in Capes Dam’

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Letter: No one is ‘omniscient’ about best option for Cape’s Dam

In a rebuttal to commentary we published last week, University of Texas biology professor MOLLY CUMMINGS writes that the San Marcos City Council should “take advantage of the wealth of local scientists that have different perspectives on...

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Commentary: Don’t let professor’s sloppy work obscure the facts about Cape’s Dam removal

THOMAS HARDY, the Meadow Center’s chief science officer, says there is ‘no credible scientific evidence’ that removing Cape’s Dam will harm wildlife in the San Marcos River as a University of Texas biology professor dramatically asserted this...

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