We’ve been looking at the San Pedro Creek Project from north to south, and now we’re down to its last section, called Campo Abajo, or the Lower Field. This stretch goes from Guadalupe Street to South Alamo.
"There’s already economic development happening," said San Antonio River Authority’s Suzanne Scott about the area. "The new Kipp Academy is going to be located in this stretch and we’ve already been in conversations with them about having educational opportunities for the kids."
Bexar County has put aside $125 million to completely re-do a two-mile stretch of downtown’s San Pedro Creek. I've been looking at the plan in detail, and it is pretty amazing. Currently the creek is a concrete drainage ditch, but what designers and engineers have imagined is something that looks a bit like a narrower Museum Reach.
The original reasoning for the project is flood control and water quality improvements; both to be accomplished through an underground overflow tunnel, with the added cleansing benefit that re-circulated water is pumped from it.
It’s that time of year again, when taxing entities come up with new budgets and go to taxpayers with rate increases – or in some cases, decreases.
The San Antonio River Authority is one of those taxing entities and has set a new, lower tax rate for the next fiscal year, but it means a slight increase for most homeowners because of rising property values.
The bat colony underneath I-35 at Camden Street is a bachelor colony, where bats have a somewhat different feeding habit than in the Bracken Cave, where ten million bats leave at the same time each night.
It was one year ago last weekend that torrential rains flooded much of Central and South San Antonio. The storms killed three, stranded dozens, left thousands without power and displaced more than two dozen families on the San Antonio River.
A year after the devastation, many of those residents have now moved away from the only home their families had known for more than 100 years.
Homeowners near the Espada Mission said they had never seen nine feet of water before, but the water rose within an hour, and 27 families lost everything.
The San Antonio River Authority has begun a process to clean up trash and debris that end up in Olmos Basin. Officials are working on a project to remove much of the trash dumped in far northwest Bexar County before it winds up in the San Antonio River.
Local residents offered their input at a recent SARA event, pointing out hotspots where they’ve seen trash collecting along tributaries that run into Olmos Basin.
Earlier in the month a jet fuel spill from the Calumet Specialty Products refinery left the community asking questions about the safety of the plant. The second in two months, the operator announced changes to the railcar loading area and other upgrades to prevent future spills.
The San Antonio River Authority is inviting members of the community who are interested in watershed preservation to join its new volunteer program "Watershed Wise Warriors."
The call is going out for volunteers in the counties of Bexar, Wilson, Karnes and Goliad. It’s the first time SARA has called for an ongoing volunteer bank for its activities. Spokesman Steven Schauer said the "warriors" are needed for the not-so-sexy jobs.
Completion of the final phase of the Mission Reach will be celebrated Saturday with a four-mile party along the San Antonio River.
Officials say the newest section of Riverwalk is especially fun for the outdoor enthusiasts.
Cyclists and hikers along the Mission Reach early Thursday morning took advantage of the quiet of the natural area at the same time last-minute construction was being completed in advance of Saturday’s grand opening.