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April 20th, 2009
Doggett to keynote Earth Day festivities


U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett will be the keynote speaker at Texas State University’s 3rd Annual Aquarena Earth Day Celebration on the shores of Spring Lake, the San Marcos River headwaters.

Scheduled speakers include Hays County Judge Elizabeth Sumter, Texas State University President Denise M. Trauth, Mayor Susan Narvaiz and Andrew Sansom, the River Systems Institute executive director. The festivities include bi-lingual and Native American blessings of the San Marcos springs and dedication of a solar-powered glass-bottom boat and a utility vehicle, donated by BP.

The celebration is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at Aquarena Center, on Laurel Ridge off of Aquarena Springs Drive.

Thirty informational booths and 20 vendors selling handmade crafts and goods will be set up in addition to Native American musical entertainment and performances from a youth dance group and Aztec dancers. Food and drinks will be available from San Marcos restaurants.

This free event is made possible by these sponsors:

  • Gold: Hays County Commissioners Court, City of San Marcos, Department of Geography, Environmental Service Committee, University Seminar, Indigenous Cultures Institute and Tanger Outlets.
  • Silver: National Association of Environmental Professionals, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Timberland, Half-Price Books and Native American Student Association.

Assisting in the festivities will be a large group of volunteers from National Association of Environmental Professionals, Timberland and The Texas State Recreation Department.

Recreational activities available this year include glass-bottom kayak tours on the environmentally sensitive Spring Lake and $2-off coupons for glass-bottom boat tours in exchange for the donation of 10 aluminum cans. A master naturalist will offer guided tours of Spring Lake Preserve, adjoining Aquarena Center.

The celebration will be followed by the Geography Alumni Reunion and the celebration of Dr. Byron “Doc” Augustin’s career.

To register for kayak tours, or for information, go to

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