Minimizing Impacts of Contaminated Run-off - Edwards Aquifer Authority

Minimizing Impacts of Contaminated Run-off

The City of San Marcos will construct two sedimentation ponds along the river to help reduce the amount of contaminated materials that enters the river as a result of rain events. The ponds will also reduce runoff velocity which will help to reduce bank erosion, and subsequently the amount of sediment that enters the river. The sedimentation ponds will be constructed by excavating and stabilizing a specific area, and building a controlled-release structure. Water source for the ponds is solely runoff from rain events. Specific details for all ponds will be submitted through the AMP as each pond is contracted for design. Each construction area will be surrounded by silt fence/rock berm to minimize runoff. Sediment controls will be monitored daily during construction and the construction area will be covered with a tarp in the event of rain.

The first pond will be located in Veramendi Park beside the Hopkins Street Bridge. This area receives a large amount of street runoff from three different storm drains. The first pond will be designed to remove sediment and street pollutants from runoff prior to entering the river. The size, shape, and depth will be determined based on an analysis of the volume of water discharging from the storm drains. The City of San Marcos will drain as much as possible for treatment purposes. The City of San Marcos will undertake required maintenance of the sedimentation ponds on a regular basis. The area is accessible and sediment will be dredged and carried to the City of San Marcos’s existing composting site at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The second pond will be created by widening of drainage ditches that run alongside Hopkins Street and cut directly to the San Marcos River. Widened areas will be designed to store water for a short period of time, but long enough to collect sediments and associated pollutants from roadway runoff.