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.

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