This series provides readers the opportunity to learn about the unique insight and experiences of the San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) Board of Directors and their personal connection to the San Antonio River in hopes of inspiring stewardship of area creeks and rivers.
Hector Morales is a San Antonio native and has called the city home for more than 60 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational education from Southwest Texas State University and served 29 years under the Texas Air National Guard. He enjoys the outdoors and is a bird enthusiast and hiker. He has been a River Authority board member representing Bexar County at-large since 2005 and his term expires in 2023.
What is your favorite section of the San Antonio River?
One of my favorite sections of the San Antonio River is the Blue Hole at Headwaters at Incarnate Word, where the San Antonio River begins. Spring water from the Edwards Aquifer in Bexar County marks the origin of the San Antonio River and the Blue Hole is an artesian spring at approximately 670 feet above sea level fed by the Edwards Aquifer. River Authority staff and volunteers often team up with the Headwaters at Incarnate Word team to provide maintenance in the area to preserve this important site.
Of all the San Antonio River Authority’s current Safe, Clean, and Enjoyable projects and efforts, which do you think is the most impactful or inspiring?
The River Authority has played a significant role in providing opportunities for the public to interact with the river and create meaningful connections. River Authority staff maintain over 60 miles of paddling trails throughout the San Antonio River Basin. This has helped give people a unique perspective as they experience seeing the beauty and biodiversity of the San Antonio River from the water.
Why is it important to be a stewards of the San Antonio River Basin and protect area creeks and rivers?
We only have one San Antonio River. It has sustained human life for over 12,000 years and has played an important role in the history and culture of this area. We all need to play a role in taking care of it for future generations so they too can benefit from all that it provides.
What is a positive action someone can take to Be River Proud?
Because we only have one San Antonio River, we must all be aware and conscious of our actions so that we can help preserve this resource. Positive actions can leave a lasting impact and education and volunteering are important ways to protect area creeks and rivers.