signs along river teach about wild rice
The City of San Marcos has begun installing signs along a portion of the San Marcos River to educate the public about protecting Texas wild rice, an endangered species.
Last March, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission designated a segment of the river from the Spring Lake Dam to the San Marcos wastewater treatment plant as a state scientific area. This designation prohibits the removal or destruction of the wild rice, which is a misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $500.
The signs are the first of several that will be posted along the river to introduce the Habitat Conservation Plan to river users. Several local agencies — including the city, the Edwards Aquifer Authority, Texas State University, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — adopted the plan to help resolve conflicts arising from protecting endangered species and the region’s dependence on the Edward’s Aquifer as a primary water resource.