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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 the tens of thousands of visitors who enjoy it each year.

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...

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Kyle mayor calls emergency meeting on sewage spill

Mayor Todd Webster has called an emergency city council meeting at 5 p.m. today to discuss cleanup of a potentially significant sewage spill into a tributary of Plum Creek.

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Barton Springs conservation district drafts new Trinity Aquifer pumping rules

Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District officials have established guidelines for groundwater pumping in a previously unregulated portion of the Trinity Aquifer in Hays County.

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Commentary: Controversial Dripping Springs sewage plant makes economic, environmental sense

Former State Rep. PATRICK ROSE writes that failure to build a proposed wastewater treatment plant in northern Hays County would ‘cripple our response in serving even the most conservative of growth estimates.’

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...

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Public meeting called on San Marcos effluent reuse system expansion

The city of San Marcos Engineering & Capital Improvements department will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6 at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St. to discuss the city’s proposed project...

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