By Rikki Yanez
Assistant Blog Content Contributor
Those living in the San Marcos, Texas area know how important the rivers are to the city. They bring the community together as a whole, which is why river conservation should matter to you. Now that it’s summer you’ll find that these rivers are a main attraction for the people in the city and for tourists. Every year there still seems to be a lot of littering in the rivers after big holidays like Memorial Day weekend, or at festivals like Float Fest. The city does a lot when it comes to protecting these rivers in order to keep people coming back, as well as keeping the aquatic life intact.
The City of San Marcos participates in the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), where they are continuously protecting the marine life and preserving their habitats. In addition, the city cleans the waste that makes its way into the river that can potentially harm fish and wildlife. River conservation is an important topic when you are currently living in a city that has one. Businesses in the area such as the Lion’s Club, Texas State Tubes, and even Ivar’s River Pub rely on the river to make money from the city and tourists. So, those business will start to see a change in how many customers they receive if the rivers are not kept clean. Rivers can’t save themselves, so it’s important for the community and tourists to properly dispose of their trash. Following these rules will prevent the city from putting a ban on bringing cans on the river or any activity that involves potential harm or damage to the river.
For those that are wondering how keeping a river clean might benefit them–simply put, it allows you to swim, float, or even kayak in the river whenever you’d like. It also benefits this planet we live in. We are only human and we need to do as much as we can in order to protect the area we live in. Keeping the rivers clean will allow future students, residents, and tourists to enjoy their time here. It takes even the smallest amount of effort from the community to see a difference.
A simple way you can help keep these rivers clean is to throw away your trash in the designated area, for example the recycle bins located along the river. Another way to go green when floating the river is to bring recyclable bags to carry your drinks, trash, or any other personal items you might have. This is a great alternative to bringing plastic bags on the river. Another way to be a part of keeping the rivers clean is to volunteer.
So, for those new to the San Marcos area or attending Texas State University for the first time remember that these rivers are important to the community and have fun floating!
Featured photo by Rikki Yanez.