The San Antonio River Authority approaches reducing flood risk through watershed master planning and dam maintenance.
Using the data developed in the Flood Risk Studies, watershed master plans identify areas of high flood risk, recommend potential mitigation actions and prioritize the actions. Watershed master plans have been developed for each of the major watersheds in Bexar County and for Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad Counties. For each prioritized area, concept plans for mitigation projects, such as improvements to low water crossings, were developed. Because the River Authority is restricted from funding capital improvement projects, we coordinate with the Bexar Regional Watershed Management partners, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and other outside funding agencies to implement capital improvement project recommendations. The watershed master plans also investigate water quality concerns and stream stability. Where possible, project recommendations address multiple design objectives to promote safe, clean, and enjoyable creeks and rivers. The findings and recommendations from the watershed master plans can be explored in the Watershed Master Plan Viewer.