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March 20th, 2012
Storms cause another wastewater spill into San Marcos River


The overnight storm that dumped rain across Texas sent a diluted wastewater overflow into the river, but caused few other problems in San Marcos. About 2.23 inches of rain were recorded at San Marcos Municipal Airport.

Stormwater  entering the wastewater system triggered an overflow of an estimated 430,000 gallons into the San Marcos River Tuesday morning east of Interstate 35 near the main lift station, located at 502 River Road, said Jon Clack, a Public Services division assistant director.

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The overflow consisted mostly of rainwater, further diluted by river flow, he said. Officials said they do not anticipate a negative environmental impact. The line is currently undergoing repairs after an overflow occurred at the same location in January.

Under the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) rules, the City of San Marcos is required to notify area news media, local government officials and TCEQ about any accidental discharge of untreated wastewater of more than 100,000 gallons.

Both San Marcos Police and Fire Departments reported a quiet night. The Electric Utility experienced four minor brief outages, with all customers quickly restored.

Minor street flooding was reported at several low water crossings, including the Uhland Road bridge, Mckie Street at Willow Creek, Children’s Park road at Purgatory Creek, and inlet backups on Riverside Drive and Moon and University Drive.

Most were all open by mid-morning Tuesday. The Uhland Road low water crossing at the Blanco River remained closed Tuesday due to high water.


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14 thoughts on “Storms cause another wastewater spill into San Marcos River

  1. Astonishing ~ and the city passed yet another development on LBJ tonight that constitutes about 60,000 gallons of PURE waste water that due to gravity flows directly into the river, but no one report on that ~ hmmmm….

  2. So, did the line break? Was the line to small and they are upgrading the size? Did it come out of the lift station? Are they increasing the size of the pumps at the lift station cause it can’t handle that much wastewater? Just curious as to what they are exactly doing in their “repairs”.

  3. When you get ear infections in the river these days, more frequently than in years past, be sure to Daniel Guerrero, Kim Porterfield, Shane Scott and Jude Prather, the elected officials that are putting greedy developers desires to turn San Marcos into an apartment city, for your health problems that the ecoli are bringing to us. A legal defense fund will be forthcoming, with multiple legal actions against the City Of San Marcos and the other agencies that should be preventing this travesty in our river and natural environment. We have put all the facts in front of them to consider, and they have chosen to ignore the facts. Let the games begin! JLB 🙂

  4. All right! Let’s sue the City and force them to spend countless tax dollars defending themselves….that’ll fix what’s wrong with San Marcos! Whoo-hoo!!!!

  5. The ignorant must be forced to learn sometimes, Dano, they have insurance for this self-inflicted crisis that they have now chosen to create for themselves. Turning San Marcos into a cess pool of vermin just does not sit well with me, or many others either.JLB 🙂

  6. Jaimy,

    Laurie Moyer has some San Marcos demographics that go back 40 or 50 years that talk about multifamily vs. single family that maybe you need to read. After sitting through one of her recent presentations on this matter you really look and sound like someone who needs some education on housing and other numerous trends in San Marcos. And no, she did not get the majority of her facts from the City who you deem as being greedy.

    Boy, you really need to educate yourself on the city that you supposedly care about so very much. Those of us who have decided to do as much are starting to believe that you are sounding very hateful and uneducated.

  7. It happened on the eastside of S.M. and nobody saw it. Who is really angry? You think this has not occured often? The city bought a state of the art sewage plant that still stinks up my neighborhood 12 years and countless dollars later. Get a grip on reality and open your eyes.

  8. Wow. So the students are “vermin” now?

    Sorry, Jaimy, but taking that position is not going to be a winner for you. Not now, not here, not ever (to coin a phrase).

    Simply put, this town NEEDS the University too much for the smart money to ever be behind radical no-growth idealists like you are showing yourself to be.

  9. Um, you were the first one to mention students, Dano. I assumed Jaimy was talking about apartment developers.

  10. Yea-the town NEEDS the University. It’s been working so well for us as pointed out by Dano and others ; it should be an even BIGGER asset as it continues to grow and drive S.M’s economy and development.

    …”San Marcos, home to Texas State University, ranked last for affordability, with a median household income of $26,627 and a median home value of $122,500.” Newstreamz

    I, myself, like the option of 40 tattoo parlors to choose from…I wouldn’t change a thing.

  11. The city does need the university, and vice-versa. Sadly, neither is going to reach its potential, until they work together, and that does not mean that one side ought to cave in to the other’s every whim.

    I have to question why that topic was even brought into this discussion, particularly in the manner that it was. It doesn’t seem to serve any positive end. It seems to only serve to vilify Jaimy, and as others have pointed out, there is plenty of ammunition for that already.

    Both sides need to be a LOT more constructive.

  12. I guess some are not very good at reading. Allowing developers/realtors to dictate the planning and infrastructure of our city is where the crux of the problem is. I refer to those elected officials, and the ones in planning that have sumarily created cess pools in other cities before they arrived here, as VERMIN. Allowing their shortsided plans, like overloading the street syatem, sewer system, etc to a point that pubic health and safety are at risk, is utterly irresponsible. Turning San Marcos and its natural environment into a greed driven machine built to serve only the university, developers, and realtors that profit from it, is surely a slap in the face to the permanent residents that chose San Marcos as their home. Pro developer hags, keep your incorrect data to yourselves, NEEDING THE UNIVERSITY TOO MUCH TO BE BEHIND RADICAL NO-GROWTH IDEALISTS???? THIS COULD BE NO FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH!Realizing that it happens that the rape of our watersheds, specifically Sink Springs and Sessom, is rightfully suspect and due a good fight! Obviously, the shortsided opinions of those that hope to profit from this rape, have no basis beyond greed. The city is not mandated to re-zone residential neighborhoods and watersheds for the purpose of landowner profit,and increasing the citys tax base, actually, this points only precisely to SPOT ZONING, deemed illegal by the supreme court. Now, we add danger to public health to the issue, by increasing the amount of raw sewage ( ecoli) that is being introduced to a federally protected waterway, traffic issues that are catostrophic, and crime issues that are literally being placed 500ft from my front door, yes, I am a little troubled about the present situation. Does this make me a fanatical anti-growther, HELL NO~! I make my living wiring buildings, and many are at the university, so deduce what you will. There is a better way, time will tell, no doubt. jlb 🙂

  13. You know that cold like symptom that comes after swimming at the river? It’s called e-coli, a bacteria that comes comes from raw leaking sewerage.
    That’s pretty cut and dry. We really need to fix the sewerage infrastructure problem on the North/west side before we allow for more multifamily to be built. It could be a real legal problem for the city. The job of public health and welfare of the community cannot be set aside for a few “individuals” to gain a win-fall. I think now is a good time to mention the poor status of the traffic on the north side of town as well. We need to really figure this stuff out, or it could be a problem for the welfare of the general population. We cannot wish these things away….

  14. PS. Brad, is that your own information in the caption inside the map in this article? How do we know that the majority is rainwater? How is Cape’s Camp, that is downstream, handling the spill?

    What is the average rise of e-coli count in the river after an average rain near the falls? Should the city be placing e-coli warnings to swimmers in these places?

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