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Explosive growth endangers unique wildlife, critical waters of San Marcos River

The San Marcos River touches hearts in the fastest-growing city of Texas’ fastest-growing county, and threats to it strike a nerve.

Its champions warn that rapid development and the crush of new residents could herald a dark fate for the river’s endangered species and for its critical role providing drinking water to nearly 2 million people from San Antonio to Austin.

The river draws from the San Marcos Springs and by extension the massive Edwards Aquifer. And as people and businesses pour in, more water pours out, said Miranda Wait, deputy director of Spring Lake Operations at Texas State University’s Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.

 

Read more from Annie Blanks with San Antonio Express News here.