After being on lockdown for nearly all of spring and summer, it was expected that quality of water, land and air would improve. The Venice Canal made headlines in March as it was reported to be clearer than ever, and NASA released a study of extensive research in September about the possible long-term effects the pandemic will have on the environment. 

All San Marcos Riverfront parks were closed for the majority of the summer with some parks of reopening. In a city where the river is a main attraction, less foot traffic in these natural areas would present suggestions for environmental benefit.

In this video, Habitat Conservation Program Manager for the City of San Marcos Melani Howard, Watershed Services Program Coordinator for the Meadows Center Aspen Navarro and Water Quality Coordinating Manager for the Meadows Center Sandra Arismendez talk about the visible and quantitative effects on the San Marcos River and its surrounding environment through quarantine.

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