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Posted on: October 14, 2019

Volunteers Collect 7,000 Pounds of Litter in City Fall Cleanup

Volunteers posing with a bag of trash outdoors at the Purgatory Creek collection site

More than 525 volunteers picked up over 7,000 pounds of trash and recyclable material during the City of San Marcos Fall River Cleanup on Oct. 5.

Volunteers worked in strategic watershed-impacting areas throughout the City to retrieve an estimated 5,400 pounds of trash and 1,740 pounds of recycling, including 13 tires, from causing damage to streams and wildlife habitats.

Cleanup areas included the San Marcos River from City Park to Stokes Park; Purgatory Creek; Willow Creek; and Downtown and drainage ditches along Hopkins Street, Charles Austin Drive and Hwy 123.

For information about cleanups and sponsorships, contact Community Enhancement Initiatives Manager Amy Kirwin at

About Keep San Marcos Beautiful

Keep San Marcos Beautiful (KSMB) is a City program dedicated to beautifying and improving the San Marcos community environment through programming and education in litter prevention, beautification, waste reduction and sustainability. 

About Habitat Conservation Plan

The Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) is a federal plan that protects endangered and threatened species. The San Marcos River habitat and flows are protected through this plan with a portion of the HCP’s funding designated to implement several habitat enhancement measures in our river. 



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