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Thank You for joining us at the 2022 River Symposium!

September 24, 2022

Confluence Park | 9AM - 4PM

Enjoy the day with kid activities, vendors, food trucks, a paddling race, tree giveaway, plus learn about the San Antonio River Basin and the River Authority's mission with a variety of sessions and workshops.

This event is FREE to public to attend! Bring your own chair and listen and learn about what the San Antonio River Authority does in your community.
Thank you
9 AM | Tree Giveaway

Planting native trees on your property is an important way to help the San Antonio River. Native trees grow to support pollinators and birds by providing the right kinds of food and shelter for a harmonious ecosystem, even in urban settings. Greening with native plants helps keep areas cool, and their root systems prevent erosion. Plus, they are adapted to drought conditions! Come pick up your young native tree in a one gallon pot and plant it at your home to make a more sustainable environment. This tree give away begins at 9 am and continues while stock lasts. Thank you to the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation-Urban Forestry for sponsoring this give-away.

9 AM | “Mission Reach Rally” Paddling Race Begins

Located down on the San Antonio River by Confluence Park. 

The race is on the Mission Reach Paddling Trail, which is part of the San Antonio River Walk, with a starting location near Confluence Park and ending location at the low water crossing bridge at Camino Coahuilteca.

9 AM | Introduction and Overview of the San Antonio River Authority

Located under the pavilion.

Come enjoy FREE coffee and donuts, and meet the River Authority’s General Manager Derek Boese and the River Authority’s Board of Directors. Learn about what the River Authority does and getting a first glimpse of the new 2022 River Basin Report Card.

10 AM | Flood Trivia Isn't Trivial

Located under the pavilion.

Ever wondered about the phenomenal power of floods? Join the River Authority Engineering Team for a round of flood trivia to learn more about flooding in the San Antonio River Basin and agency projects and efforts that help make the watershed safer for all.

11 AM | Southern San Antonio River Basin

Located under the pavilion.

Did you know the San Antonio River travels 240 miles towards the Gulf of Mexico? Come learn about the Southern part of the San Antonio River Basin which includes Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties. The River Authority operates and maintains 6 parks, the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail along with 13 dams throughout the Southern Basin. Meet members of the Regional Parks Coordination Council and some of the River Authority’s Southern Basin Board Members.


12 PM | Lunch and Paddling Awards

Choose from a variety of food trucks from the food court and enjoy the paddling awards for the “Mission Reach Rally” Paddling Race on the stage under the pavilion.


1 PM | San Pedro Creek Culture Park

Discover the latest on one of the newest parks, San Pedro Creek Culture Park (SPC). The birthplace of San Antonio, San Pedro Creek, is now a beautiful retreat where you can come celebrate culture, art, and nature at the San Pedro Creek Culture Park. You can also learn out more about the upcoming Grand Opening of the Completion of Phase 1 of SPC happening on October 14-16, 2022.


2PM | The Life of the Aquatic

Located under the pavilion.

The San Antonio River and its tributaries are teeming with life. The River Authority’s scientists will offer a rare glimpse into these underwater worlds during an interactive presentation with live specimens. They will also share how current agency projects support healthy ecosystems and the water quality of our local waterways.


3PM | Litter, Snails, and Science! Oh my!

Located under the pavilion.

Volunteer opportunities with the River Warrior Volunteer Program at the River Authority are as varied as the agency’s commitment to safe, clean, and enjoyable rivers. This hands-on introduction to volunteerism showcases multi-faceted volunteer efforts that range from invasive species removal to water quality improvement. You can even roll up your sleeves on the spot and join a riverside litter pickup to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

Parking Information

Parking will be available at the CPS Energy Parking Lot located down the street from Confluence Park (613 Mission Rd., San Antonio, TX 78210). Shuttle buses will be available throughout the day going back and forth from the parking lot and Confluence Park. Handicap Parking will be available at the Confluence Park Parking Lot.

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