San Antonio River on the King William District

Symposium Agenda

The San Antonio River Authority is excited to present the 2021 River Symposium Agenda and Schedule.
Click on each panel title to view the full details of all events and session for each day. 

Downloadable Agenda

Friday | September 24, 2021
Virtual Events
12:00pm | SA Report Roundtable Panel - VIRTUAL

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Virtual Event (Register now!)

A Path Toward Health Rivers and Creeks promotional graphic from SA Report

 

Join the San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) for an engaging panel discussion featuring Steven Schauer, Director of External Affairs at the River Authority, Nefi Garcia, Assistant Director of Public Works at the City of San Antonio, Minna Paul, Education & Engagement Coordinator II at the River Authority and Amanda Love from the River Authority's River Warrior Program on litter and the impacts it has on the San Antonio River. Presented by San Antonio Report and moderated by Editor Robert Rivard, learn how the River Authority is tackling the tough issue of litter and how the public can get involved and be a part of the solution.

Have a question you'd like to share with us in advance for our audience Q&A session? Share them to events@sareport.org
** All attendees will receive an email link to access the virtual panel discussion streamed on YouTube and Facebook.

8th Annual Environmental Film Festival Begins!
2021 Environmental Film Festival Poster

 

*This is a FREE and Open Event*

Partnering once again with the South Yuba River Citizens League Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival, the 8th Annual Environmental Film Festival will feature national and international short films about topics such as nature, adventure, wildlife, and conservation. The festival will also feature special introductions from River Authority General Manager Derek Boese and will introduce viewers to the River Authority’s new outreach initiative “Don’t Let Litter Trash Your River.” 

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Saturday | September 25, 2021
Sheridan Presentations
10:00am - 10:30am |  The Value of a Floodplain 

Yasmin Gutierrez, P.E., CFM – Engineer, San Antonio River Authority

Floodplains are important natural resources that not only store and move flood waters but also recharge groundwater, protect water quality, and preserve the ecosystem. These highly valuable areas are critical for wildlife diversity and help protect life and property during severe flood events. This presentation will communicate what a floodplain is, how floodplains benefit the community, and how floodplains can be protected. River Authority engineers will illustrate how they identify and model floodplains and how policy and everyday action work to protect this community resource.

​​​​​​​10:45am - 11:15am | Great Springs Project 

Gary Merritt & Jim Bailey, ActivateSA

Great Springs Project envisions a national park-scale corridor of protected lands between the densely urban areas of Austin and San Antonio over the Edwards Aquifer recharge and contributing zones. This green corridor will be connected by a network of trails, linking four of Texas’ Great Springs: Barton Springs, San Marcos Springs, Comal Springs, and San Antonio Springs.

​​​​​​​11:30am - 12:00pm | Wildlife Wonderful Wastewater Treatment

Clairissa Flores - Treatment Quality Control Supervisor, San Antonio River Authority

The San Antonio River Authority’s Wastewater Treatment Plants are fascinating and important. Their wastewater treatment plants work 24/7 to turn the wastewater that leaves homes, schools, and businesses into clean freshwater for our creeks and rivers. Find out how this process works chemically free, and why wastewater treatment is important for keeping the San Antonio River healthy.

12:00pm-1:00pm | LUNCH BREAK
Central Market by H-E-B logo

 

**FREE Lunch when you pre-register for the 2021 River Symposium, while supplies last. Sponsored by Central Market. 

1:00pm - 1:30pm | Keep the San Antonio River & Tributaries Clean

Zaid Subhi – Storm Water Quality Engineer, Bexar County Public Works

Bexar County’s Storm Water Quality Program addresses the sources of stormwater discharges which adversely affect the quality of our county's waters. The program utilizes permitting and inspections of construction sites, maintenance projects, public education and outreach, and illegal discharge detection to keep our rivers, lakes, and streams healthy.

1:45pm - 2:15pm | So, What is Green Infrastructure?

Karen Bishop - Senior Supervisor for Sustainable Infrastructure, San Antonio River Authority

If you have ever heard the term green infrastructure and wondered what it is, this presentation is for you.  We will discuss the basics of what green infrastructure is, how it works, why it is needed to protect our river and creek water quality, and what it looks like.  We will even discuss how green infrastructure’s benefits can extend beyond water quality to include providing food and habitat for birds and bees, adding shade and green spaces to urban areas, and reducing neighborhood and street-level flooding.  We will end the presentation with simple things all of us can do to incorporate a little green infrastructure into our own lives.

2:30pm - 3:00pm | GEAA & HCA Panel

Annalisa Peace, Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance & Leah Cuddeback, Storytelling and Public Engagement Manager Hill Country Alliance

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance (GEAA) is a nonprofit organization that promotes effective broad-based advocacy for protection and preservation of the Edwards Aquifer, its springs, watersheds, and the Texas Hill Country that sustains it.

The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to raise public awareness and build community support around the need to preserve the natural resources and heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country. 

Confluence Park Tours
10:00am - 10:50am | Tour & Bio Blitz

Confluence Park: 310 W Mitchell St, San Antonio, TX 78204

 

The San Antonio River Authority invites you to participate in our inaugural 2021 River Symposium Parks BioBlitz project!

Tour the beautiful landscape and architecture of Confluence and learn how this magnificent 3-acre park has become a hub for education, stewardship, and recreation. Join naturalists, scientists, and members of the public in this fun citizen-science challenge where you can collect important, research-grade data on flora and fauna in the San Antonio Watershed. No experience is necessary. 

Click here to join the iNaturalist BioBlitz

Download the iNaturalist App (Android/iPhone) or the kid-friendly version Seek (Android/iPhone)! 

11:00am -11:50am | Tour & Bio-Blitz

Confluence Park: 310 W Mitchell St, San Antonio, TX 78204

The San Antonio River Authority invites you to participate in our inaugural 2021 River Symposium Parks BioBlitz project!

Tour the beautiful landscape and architecture of Confluence and learn how this magnificent 3-acre park has become a hub for education, stewardship, and recreation. Join naturalists, scientists, and members of the public in this fun citizen-science challenge where you can collect important, research-grade data on flora and fauna in the San Antonio Watershed. No experience is necessary. 

Click here to join the iNaturalist BioBlitz

Download the iNaturalist App (Android/iPhone) or the kid-friendly version Seek (Android/iPhone)! 

1:00pm - 1:50pm | Aquatic Wildlife of the San Antonio River

310 W Mitchell St, San Antonio, TX 78204

Shaun Donovan, Manager of Environmental Sciences, San Antonio River Authority

A variety of fascinating organisms call the San Antonio River and its tributaries home. From microscopic aquatic insects to fish that can weigh over one-hundred pounds, these organisms make up a web of robust, healthy ecosystems. Join us to learn all about aquatic insects, mussels and fish found throughout the basin and the key role you can play in protecting these organisms.

2:00pm - 2:50pm | How to Garden with Nature

310 W Mitchell St, San Antonio, TX 78204

Lee Marlowe – Sustainable Landscape Ecologist, San Antonio River Authority

Learn how to work with nature for a garden that provides beauty while helping wildlife and benefiting the San Antonio River. The best plants and maintenance practices will be highlighted to help you make the most of your garden to support birds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial creatures throughout the year.

3:00pm - 3:50pm | SA River Foundation Panel Discussion

310 W Mitchell St, San Antonio, TX 78204

Frates Seeligson - Executive Director, San Antonio River Foundation

Join the San Antonio River Foundation for a panel discussion on the cultural significance of the San Antonio River. Enjoy insightful conversations from partner organizations and learn how our community has utilized the river throughout our cities inception.

7:00pm - 9:00pm | SA River Foundation Confluence Twilight Tour

Join the San Antonio River Foundation on Saturday, September 25th, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm for a Twilight Tour of Confluence Park. This tour celebrates the Inaugural Be River Proud Symposium. Enjoy the beautiful landscape and architecture of Confluence Park under the evening sky with the River Foundation Team. Learn how this magnificent 3-acre park has become a hub for education, stewardship, and recreation. 

Register for the Event Here

Special Tours
9:00am - 9:50am | San Pedro Creek Culture Park - Meet the Artist Tour

715 Camaron St, San Antonio, TX 78204

Open Park/Meet the Artist Tour

Tour the first segment of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park, which opened in May 2018, with project engineer Christine Clayton and public art curator Carrie Brown. On the tour, you’ll learn about the park’s flood management features, green infrastructure, and ecosystem rehabilitation efforts. Special guests Stuart Allen and Cade Bradshaw will also discuss the newest addition to the public art collection, Creek Lines. Comfortable shoes and sun protection are highly recommended. Water will be provided.

10:00am - 10:50am | San Pedro Creek Culture Park Construction Tour

715 Camaron St, San Antonio, TX 78204

Construction Tour

Join us for a sneak peek of the future of San Pedro Creek Culture Park with a construction tour of Phase 1.2. This segment of the park  pans from Houston Street to Nueva Street and is estimated to be complete July 2022. Learn about new public art projects, including the park’s first interactive artwork and a largescale mural, and the historically significant archaeological discovery of the remnants of the Klemcke/ Menger Soapworks, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Alamo Icehouse & Brewery.

This is a 60 minute walking tour and pants and closed toe shoes are required with no exceptions - personal protective equipment will be provided on site.

2:00pm - 2:50pm | Martinez II Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour

Let the San Antonio River Authority’s Utilities team take you on an up-close-and-personal tour of the wastewater treatment process.

Please note: All participants must be 15 years or older to tour the facility. 

National Public Lands Day Trash Pick-Up
9:00am - 12:00pm | National Public Lands Day - Olmos Basin Park

651 Devine, San Antonio, TX 78212

Minna Paul - Education and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, San Antonio River Authority

National Public Lands Day (NLPD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands, held annually on the fourth Saturday in September. Since 1979, National Public Lands Day has been bringing together hundreds of thousands of volunteers to help restore America’s public lands. This year on September 25th, the San Antonio River Authority will celebrate NPLD, 2021 by hosting a creek-side litter clean-up at Olmos Basin Park for interested community volunteers. Chad Pregracke, will be the guest of honor that day, who will share his insights into years of engaging volunteers in community action for the health of the planet. The River Authority is committed to safe, clean and enjoyable rivers and creeks in the San Antonio River Watershed

Bexar County Public Works Storm Water

*Lunch provided and sponsored by Bexar County Public Works Department.

Southern Basin Parks
9:00am - 12:00pm | Branch River Park - Goliad County

445 S Commercial St, Goliad, TX 77963

The San Antonio River Authority wants to celebrate 10 years of fun at Branch River Park with you!  Join your friends and family for some food and fun nature activities with Southern Wildlife Rehab.  Do you have some ideas for the park? You will have a chance to share your thoughts for an even better Branch River Park experience for the future, too!  Learn more about the wildlife around the San Antonio River with a smartphone tool called iNaturalist and participate in the park’s first Bio-blitz activity. 

10:00am - 11:30am | Escondido Creek Parkway

208 N. Sunset Strip, Kendey, TX 78119

Come visit this inviting linear park that connects people with their community and the environment by providing unparalleled opportunities to safely recreate in a native landscape.  On Saturday, September 25th, you can take a tour or volunteer to help maintain this park’s beautiful butterfly garden.  Learn more about the wildlife around the San Antonio River with a smartphone tool called iNaturalist and participate in the park’s first Bio-blitz activity.

10:00am - 11:30am | Helton Nature Park

15662 FM 775, Floresville, TX 78114

Helton Nature Park is an ideal destination for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, nature-lovers, and athletes alike.  On Saturday, September 25th, join our outdoor recreation archery experts at the park for a one-of-a-kind experience for all ages.  Also, enjoy FREE camping this weekend ONLY, and learn more about the wildlife around the San Antonio River with a smartphone tool called iNaturalist and participate in the park’s first Bio-blitz activity.

Sunday | September 26, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm | Be River Proud Kayak Event

Register Now

As part of the 2021 Inaugural River Symposium brought to you by the San Antonio River Authority in partnership with the San Antonio River Foundation, we invite you to come kayak along the beautiful Mission Reach on the San Antonio River.

Sunday, September 26, 2021, paddle the San Antonio River at the Mission County Park Trailhead and experience our River Symposium obstacle course.  It’s even ok if you’re not an expert, this section of the San Antonio River is calm and great for beginning paddlers.  Mission Kayak will be providing all the kayaking equipment needed for the event, and we ask that an adult accompany children under the age of 18.  All participants MUST make a reservation to paddle the river, and there will be a $10 reservation fee to save your spot!

**The reservation enables us to maintain social distancing while attendees are checking in and getting on to the river as well as to adequately sanitize the kayaks, so all participants can have a safe and enjoyable experience.  The $10 fee will go directly to the San Antonio River Foundation as a donation and will secure your registration time.

1:00pm - 3:00pm | Security Blanket - Legacy Park

Commissioned by the San Antonio River Authority as part of the inaugural Be River Proud Symposium.

Security Blanket is a temporary art installation that invites visitors to take a moment of respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As the title implies, the installation, a large-scale quilt, is meant to be used for picnicking and social gatherings while celebrating our collective sense of community and solidarity. The quilt was created in partnership with artist Nanako Kishi and highlights the natural beauty of San Antonio’s waterways. As part of the installation, Khoshbin and Kishi will host an event on Sunday, September 26 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Meet the artists and learn about edible plants from horticulturist Michelle Gorham that you may see in the San Antonio River basin as you enjoy food and music in a beautiful park setting.  Bring a picnic and join us!

Originally from Philadelphia, Jennifer Khoshbin studied Fine Arts and Sociology at the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of Kentucky. Khoshbin has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, and her work has been featured in magazines that include Readymade, House Beautiful, Glamour, and Spaces, and in several art and craft books. She currently lives in San Antonio, TX. jenkhoshbin.com

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