Environmental Protection

Hiker trail at Purgatory Creek Park in San Marcos.

The City of San Marcos advances responsible stewardship of the community’s natural, cultural, and historical resources through varied environmentally friendly policies and practices.

  1. Environmental Stewardship

Outcome statement: Set the standard by demonstrating responsible stewardship of the environment, including our rivers, aquifers, and other sensitive features.

I. Incorporate green stormwater and water/energy conservation infrastructure.

  • Staff meet last month with Halff and Associates to scope out the Stormwater Master Plan.  Part of their scope includes addressing green stormwater in CIP projects.  

II. Ensure that applicable City staff are equipped and trained to readily identify and respond to releases (i.e. sewer discharges, chemical spills, etc.) that may cause negative impacts to rivers and aquifers. 

  • Work began in April and continues with our consultant, Jacobs Engineering, to get the TCEQ permit renewal. Target end of 2023 for completion.
  • The Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Plan (SPCC) has been updated and will be in effect until September 2027.

III. Incorporate environmental stewardship into new and existing City facilities and master plans.

  • Staff is exploring the idea of incorporating a One Water concept into our future facilities.

IV. ­­­­Develop and promote programs that protect and promote environmental stewardship.

  • The City Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan (EAHCP) Conservation Crew continues to be funded through the EAHCP program. The Conservation Crew continues to help educate river users on endangered species protection and stewardship practices, collects litter, manages litter boat and helps to report violations of Park Rules. The Crew also continues to maintain and install EAHCP educational signage along the river.
  1. Environmentally Friendly Growth
  1. Resilient Infrastructure
  1. Environmental Programs