San Antonio River Authority

Flash Flood
1:25 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Mission Reach Under Inspection For Structural Damage

Washed-out paths like this one are being inspected by SARA officials.
Paul Flahive TPR

The Mission Reach of the San Antonio River is still closed today but maintenance crews are making progress.

San Antonio River Authority spokesman Steven Schauer said inspections of the Mission Reach began Saturday as soon as it was safe to go out. He said maintenance began over the holiday weekend, first cleaning up the Museum Reach and then turning attention to the Mission Reach, which suffered greater damage.

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Arts & Culture
10:28 am
Wed May 22, 2013

See The Concept Designs For The New San Pedro Creek Waterway

San Antonio River Authority

Bexar County Commissioners Tuesday unveiled the design for the restoration of San Pedro Creek through downtown. 

The project will create an urban linear park while containing the 100-year floodplain within the banks of the creek.

Sort of like a little sister to the San Antonio River, San Pedro Creek will offer walking paths, recreational areas, and chances to pause at historic sites along the four-mile waterway.

The cost estimate on the project is $175 million.

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Environment
11:27 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Museum Reach Oil Spill Declared Minor, Area Wildlife Not Affected

Officials say wildlife on the San Antonio River were unaffected by the oil spill washed into the San Antonio River by heavy rains on April 27.
Eileen Pace TPR

As the investigation continues into the cause of the oil spill that heavy rains carried into the San Antonio River on the final Saturday of Fiesta last month, officials say the spill has been remediated and restoration is almost complete. 

They said it was a perfect storm: An unknown amount of oil spilling into the street during Fiesta, when hundreds of cars had driven up and down Broadway, and a heavy rain that washed everything down the hill on 10th Street and into the river along the east bank of the Museum Reach.

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Museum Reach
3:53 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

TCEQ Confident It Will Find Source Of Museum Reach Oil Spill

Oil-soaked berms, which line the landscaping to prevent mulch and other items from washing into the river, will be replaced.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Several agencies are now investigating an oil spill that flowed into the San Antonio River at 10th Street last weekend.

So much rain came down over the weekend and Monday that it is difficult for the agencies to measure the amount of oil that washed down Avenue B to 10th Street, over the berms, through the grass, and into the river.

Tests by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality have determined that the spill was petroleum oil.

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Mission Reach
9:05 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Mission Reach Opens Paddling, Two Popular City Parks

Matthew Driffill paddles along the newest section of the Mission Reach. Commissioners Chico Rodriguez and Tommy Adkisson join Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff to celebrate the opening.
San Antonio River Authority

On Tuesday, Bexar County officials announced the opening of another section of the Mission Reach. The new section will be ready for use just in time for Easter celebrations.

The new 2 mile section of Mission Reach from Padre Park to Mission San Juan will offer more hiking, biking, and paddling opportunities for river enthusiasts.

San Antonio River Authority General Manager Suzanne Scott said two popular city parks that have been closed for some time can be used again.  

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Museum Reach
7:25 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Updated (with pictures): Winds Damage F.I.S.H. Sculpture On Museum Reach

F.I.S.H. sculptural artwork by Donald Lipski was damaged in Monday's high winds.
Eileen Pace TPR

(Update: 12:35 p.m.) Staffers have cleaned up the fallen pieces and SARA now says they have re-opened the west bank side of the river.

The other side -- the wider east bank of the river -- is still closed so that crews with equipment can access the sculptures for assessment and repair. Visitors can use the stairways to go up to street level and back down again on the other side.

The damage noted by SARA: One of the fish fell down completely, one is barely hanging on and some of the other seven-foot-long sculptures were broken apart by the winds.

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Flood Control
7:45 am
Thu February 14, 2013

S. Flores Bridge Re-Opens, Flooding Eased

Bexar County Commissioner Chico Rodriguez cuts the ribbon to re-open the S. Flores Bridge along Sixmile Creek
Eileen Pace TPR

After a year-long flood control project had roads torn up along Sixmile Creek, Bexar County has re-opened the South Flores Bridge. With seven low-water crossings, the poor drainage around the area was a threat to nearby homes and properties during heavy rains.

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Green Construction
4:48 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Contest Pits Low Impact Development Against Traditional Building

Sustainable Roof Gardens are a Low-Impact Development technology utilized by Madison High School and the Hippolito Garcia Federal Building downtown
San Antonio River Authority

The San Antonio River Authority is using a new contest beginning this week to create awareness for the benefits of Low Impact Development.

"Initially we're targeting the private developer community and their engineers, architects, and landscape architects," says Stephen Graham with the San Antonio River Authority.

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Mission Reach Expansion
12:22 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

New Portion of Mission Reach Open - More Trees on the Way

A cyclist rides on the new portion of the Mission Reach near Theo Ave. The next phase of the Reach is scheduled to open in April.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

It’s still nearly a year before the Mission Reach is completed, but a new stretch is now open to the public. The San Antonio River Authority and Bexar County have added an additional 1.5 mile loop near Theo Avenue and a hike and bike bridge over Concepciόn Creek.

SARA General Manager Suzanne Scott said the $3.5 million restoration of this section of the river will include the planting of new trees.

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