Patrice Melancon

Patrice Melancon

Patrice Melancon

Patrice Melancon

Patrice Melancon grew up in the New Orleans, LA area and completed her Civil Engineering degree at the University of Louisiana – Lafayette on an Air Force ROTC scholarship.  She served 9 years on active duty before transferring to the Air Force Reserves in 1997 and moving to Austin for graduate school.  Over the next 24 years, Patrice was activated 5 times, including a year after September 11th.  Her last 2 years of service was completed on active duty leading the rebuild of Tyndall AFB, FL following the devastation of Hurricane Michael.  She retired in February 2021 as a Brigadier General. 

Patrice received her Masters in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Texas (Hook’ Em!) and worked as a water resources consultant for CDM-Smith for 15 years.  She worked with communities in Central Texas, finding solutions to water supply, water distribution, wastewater collection, and flood control problems.  In 2016, Patrice joined the San Antonio River Authority where she served as the Engineering Department Manager until Mar 2019 when she was called back to active duty.  In 2019, Patrice was inducted into the University of Louisiana – Lafayette College of Engineering Wall of Honor and the University of Texas Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

In retirement, Patrice is doing a bit of consulting, but is also focused on giving back to her community and her profession.  Patrice is Board President of the Alliance Francaise de San Antonio and a member of Rotary and Daughters of the American Revolution.  She is a long-time member of the Society of American Military Engineers where she serves on the executive committee of the Academy of Fellows.

  • Board Member Since: 2024
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Riverfront Parkway – Acequia Lift Station

Thursday, June 20 – Sunday, June 23, Riverfront Parkway is partially closed. Expect delays in traffic due to construction work. We apologize for any inconvenience.

San Pedro Creek: Rains from the Heavens

The Rains from the Heavens water wall at San Pedro Creek will be shut off due to maintenance Tuesday, June 18th. There will also be some road closures that day, so please be mindful if you are in this area. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Acequia Trail Notice

The Acequia trail will have heavy traffic near MROC starting May 22nd until further notice. The SAWS Acequia project will be bringing in crews to work on the lift station site and across the street. There will have flaggers to stop traffic, please use caution. 

SASPAMCO Paddling Trail

The SASPAMCO paddling trail is open from River Crossing Park to Helton Nature Park.
*Please Note: Paddling Trail from Helton Nature Park to HWY 97 is still closed due to blockages. 

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