The San Marcos City Council voted to remove Cape’s Dam, an area at the center of controversy since heavy floods hit the area last May, Tuesday night.
It would cost $35,000 for U.S. Fish & Wildlife to remove the dam, whereas, council members said, replacing the dam would be a significant expense. Councilwoman Lisa Prewitt, Place 1, made the motion to approve the removal, with a second from Melissa Derrick, Place 6.
One public commenter said he would be worried that the removal of the dam would affect the Olympic Outdoor Center, a kayaking business located on the San Marcos River.
Dianne Wassenich, of San Marcos River Foundation, said the dam removal will not harm recreation and that a lot of misinformation has floated around about the effects it could have.
“We would not do anything to harm our river,” Prewitt said.