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The Environmental Sciences Department regularly works on small or short term (less than 5 years) water quality, pollution investigations or scientific studies. When studies are completed, a report may be created, published or put on the Antonio River Authority (River Authority) web site. Often these projects are funded by tax dollars or grants, but they may also be funded through private sources.

Streams within the San Antonio River (SAR) watershed are influenced by non-point sources during storm events. The San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) is challenged with the task of defining stream water quality within the SAR watershed during storm events. To accomplish this, the River Authority is incorporating the latest innovative procedures to collect water quality data by implementing permanent long-term automated sampling stations designed to collect water samples under storm water conditions. Automated sampling procedures can collect water quality samples throughout the duration of a storm event, making the collection effort more economically feasible and safer without endangering field personnel during hazardous storm conditions.

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In an effort to restore and sustain the native life in this section of the river, Bexar County, the City of San Antonio, the River Authority, and the US Corps of Engineers (USACE) are conducting the River Road Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study in order to identify potential projects, as well as scientifically evaluate these projects for their impact and cost-effectiveness.

With its lush vegetation, effortless accessibility and modern recreation amenities, Escondido Creek Parkway is the new favorite outdoor hub in the City of Kenedy, a gathering place for the community to relish their time in nature and with each other. This inviting linear park transforms the way people connect with their community and the environment by providing unparalleled opportunities to safely recreate in a native landscape.

The Westside Creeks Project is a community-based creek restoration effort started in 2008 by the San Antonio River Authority. Its mission is: 1) to develop and advance planning concepts for restoring the environmental condition of the Alazán, Apache, Martínez, and San Pedro Creeks, 2) to enhance or maintain the current flood control components of these creeks, and 3) to provide increased opportunities for community enjoyment.

The SARA Floodplain Viewer engages users in an interactive floodplain map, displaying the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) data.

Through more accurate flood maps, risk assessment tools, and outreach support, FEMA's Risk Mapping Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) strengthens local ability to make informed decisions about reducing flood risk. Risk MAP uses a watershed-based study approach which improves engineering credibility and allows for the understanding of risks in a more comprehensive way. 

Combining purpose with beauty, San Pedro Creek Culture Park weaves public art and architectural design into historic preservation, flood control, water quality and ecosystem restoration.

The San Pedro Creek Culture Park will encompass a total of four phases, with three segments in Phase 1. With Segment 1 complete, the second segment is currently under construction.

To keep up with the project and learn more about the art and upcoming events, visit: spcculturepark.com

The objective of the Lower Leon Creek Use-Attainability Analysis is to conduct monitoring in support of Texas Commission on Environmental Quality efforts to assign the appropriate aquatic life use and dissolved oxygen criterion in Lower Leon Creek; additional dissolved oxygen data on Menger and Picosa creeks was also collected.

Three freshwater mussel species under review for federal listing as threatened or endangered have historically been found in the San Antonio River Basin. One species, Golden Orb, has been recently found in numerous locations in the San Antonio River.

The San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) is collaborating with the City of San Antonio for the 2017-2022 Bond project Panther Springs Creek Restoration. The creek restoration efforts will focus on improving the water and

The San Antonio River Betterments III Project—Durango Boulevard to Nueva Street was designed and administered by the Authority as part of a six phase project which included the structural modifications to the Arsenal Street Bridge. The betterments III project ties into the Nueva Marina and Dam complex. In addition to the improved flood carrying capacity of a “U” framed channel constructed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, a number of amenities were realized as a result of the betterments III project.