San Antonio River Authority

Arts & Culture
11:24 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Part 4: San Pedro Creek Completion

Townlake Area today

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."

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Arts & Culture
2:37 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

San Pedro Creek Makeover, Part 3: Details

The Meander stretch of San Pedro Creek.
San Antonio River Authority

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.

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Environment
9:08 am
Thu September 4, 2014

SARA Approves Lower Tax Rate Due To Higher Home Values

Officials take a look at the new paddling trail on the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River
Credit Bexar County

  

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.

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Bats In San Antonio
3:07 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Bat Education On Museum Reach Reveals Different Eating Patterns For Bachelor Bats

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.
Credit San Antonio River Authority

The San Antonio River Authority is again offering its bat educational program on the Museum Reach to raise awareness about the bats’ relationship to our environment. 

This is the SARA’s fifth year for "Bat Loco," an informational program that coincides with the bats’ colonization after their return to South Texas from Mexico.

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Arts & Culture
4:41 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

San Antonio River Authority Presents An Environmental Film Festival

The San Antonio River Authority isn’t known for putting on film festivals, at least not until now.

"The river authority is hosting this environmental film festival to commemorate National Rivers Month, which is in June," said SARA’s Darlene Dorsey.

"And we hope to do it again in the future," she said.

In some ways it is a natural fit. Dorsey explained why SARA is doing a film festival about environmentalism.

“If this is National Rivers Month, what is it we all can do to enjoy and preserve what we have, these natural and beautiful resources?” she said.

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Community
10:22 am
Tue May 27, 2014

One Year After Major Flooding, All But 5 Espada Families Have Moved Away

The 100-year floodplain around Mission Espada.
Credit San Antonio River Authority

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.

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Environment
12:39 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

SARA Addressing Trash & Debris Problem In Olmos Basin With Strategic Cleanup Plan

Local resident Lissa Martinez talks with an engineer about hot spots where trash and debris collect along the Olmos Creek Watershed.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

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.

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The Source - April 24, 2014
1:21 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

The Source: Fuel Spill Into San Antonio River Leaves Questions

San Antonio River Authority

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.

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Environment
9:49 am
Thu February 20, 2014

River Authority Volunteer Program Looking For "Watershed Wise Warriors"

Watershed Wise Warriors is the first volunteer recruitment program for the San Antonio River Authority. Volunteers age 15 and older are needed for two-to-four-hour activities that vary throughout the year.

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.

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Mission Reach
5:46 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Grand Opening Of Mission Reach This Saturday

Cyclists enjoy a quiet morning Thursday on the newest leg of the MIssion Reach
Eileen Pace

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.

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