Work to restore the banks of the San Marcos River to a more natural state will continue next year.
It's part of a larger effort to protect the Edwards Aquifer.
"We're helping the endangered species so that they're healthier than they used to be,” said Dianne Wassenich of the San Marcos River Foundation. “So that during drought periods, when the river gets really low, it will help them survive better."
Non-native plants are being removed and new vegetation has been planted. Fences are in place to make sure the new work takes root.
In addition to removing invasive plants like elephant ears, the city council also approved a plan to add six additional access points to the river. These will allow people to get in and out of the water without damaging the river banks.
"It should really give the public a nice way to the river without impacting the river itself," said Melani Howard, habitat conservation plan manager.
The city will spend close to a million dollars to build the new river entry points.
They'll also add plants to make accessing the river from other locations more difficult.
"We'd like to give the public some really good, solid, safe, attractive places to enter the river," Howard said.
The access points will also help keep unwanted sediment out of the river and away from the endangered wild rice. That makes the river a more ideal habitat, while at the same time improving recreation.
San Marcos has also received grants that fund improvements to the riverside trails. The city hopes those improvements and the new river access points will be finished by the summer.