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The “My River POV” series provides readers the opportunity to learn about the unique insight and experiences of the San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) staff and their personal connection to the San Antonio River in hopes of inspiring stewardship of area creeks and rivers.
Kevin Boeck, Budget Officer
Growing up in northeast Bexar County, I would go fishing along Salitrillo Creek, which flows through my family farm. In the 1960s, my grandparents supported the Martinez Creek Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Project, where the River Authority constructed the Martinez 6A dam on their property. As a result, I grew up appreciating the outdoors and the River Authority’s role in preventing flooding and protecting property. However, it was not until I started working at the River Authority in 2013 that I began to understand the wide range of services it provides. After learning about the River Authority’s efforts to improve water quality and its role as a full-service wastewater utility provider, my appreciation for the organization grew tremendously.
The Martinez 6A dam on the family farm.
As part of the Finance Department, I support department operations and projects that carry out the River Authority’s commitment to safe, clean, and enjoyable creeks and rivers. One of the best parts of working in the Finance Department is being part of a project team that works together to deliver a wide range of projects for the community, like San Pedro Creek Culture Park and the Martinez IV Wastewater Treatment Plant. Additionally, as the Budget Officer for the River Authority, I play a significant role in the development of the organization’s annual budget. The Adopted Budget serves as a policy document, a financial tool, a work plan, and a communications device for the River Authority. It is the foundation for the River Authority’s allocation of resources in support of the mission.
Views from Phase 1 of San Pedro Creek Culture Park
As San Antonio continues to grow, it is exciting to work in an organization that plays a role in shaping the future of this community. Although my day job has me mostly indoors working on spreadsheets, it allows me the opportunity to see first-hand how the River Authority’s operations are changing to meet the needs of the constituents we serve with new projects like the Bexar County Creeks and Trails Program or the development in the River Authority’s Utility Service Area. I am lucky to work in downtown San Antonio with the San Antonio River Walk right outside the office. During the holiday season, I enjoy taking my family downtown to see the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River Walk. I encourage people to enjoy and help protect the amenities the River Authority has helped to provide to this community. There are many ways to become involved, and you can visit our website for more information.
The River Reach is back!
River Reach is a quarterly, 12-page newsletter that is designed to inform the San Antonio River Authority’s constituents about the agency’s many projects, serve as a communication vehicle for the board of directors and foster a sense of unity and identity among the residents of Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties.