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Urban Waters Partnership

Urban Waters and the San Antonio River Basin within Bexar County (Texas)

San Antonio River Basin within Bexar County (TX)

Sustainable Communities: San Antonio

The San Antonio River Basin extends through 15 counties in south Texas. The San Antonio River, with its headwaters in Bexar County, is the basin’s major river flowing 240 miles to San Antonio Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

San Antonio’s rivers and creeks have been at the core of the communities that have flourished in the region throughout history. Their significance has spanned from pre-colonial times, to the founding of the San Antonio Missions, to the Riverwalk today.

The San Antonio River and many of the creeks that feed into it are surrounded by an urbanized landscape. This development has damaged local waterways’ ecosystems and isolated large portions of the populace from rivers and streams.

The San Antonio community is making significant investments to maintain connections to its waterways and restore damaged ecosystems. The San Antonio partnership’s goals include:

  • ecosystem restoration
  • trail system development
  • water quality improvement and
  • improved flood mitigation

List of Partners

Federal Government

  • Department of Agriculture
    • US Forest Service
    • Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • Department of Commerce
    • Economic Development Administration
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • National Weather Service
  • Department of Defense
    • US Army Corps of Engineers
    • Joint Base San Antonio
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of the Interior
    • Fish and Wildlife Service
    • National Park Service
    • Bureau of Reclamation
    • US Geological Survey
  • Department of Transportation
  • Environmental Protection Agency

State Government

  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Texas Health and Human Services
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Texas General Land Office
  • Texas Historical Commission
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife
  • Texas State Foresty Division
  • Texas Water Development Board

Local Government

  • Alamo Area Council of Governments
  • Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Bexar County
  • City of Alamo Heights
  • City of San Antonio
  • Edwards Aquifer Authority
  • San Antonio Housing Authority
  • San Antonio Independent School District
  • San Antonio River Authority
  • San Antonio Water System
  • VIA Metropolitan Transit

NGO and Academic Partners

  • Audubon Society / Jack Kudson Nature Trail
  • Brackenridge Park Conservancy
  • CI: Now
  • Edwards Aquifer Alliance
  • Family Service Association
  • Friends of Hondondo Creek
  • Neighborhood Associations: Olmos Park Terrace, Northmoor, Shearer Hills/Ridgeview, Westside Hope in Action, Five Points Neighborhood Association
  • Municipal Golf Association of San Antonio
  • NOWCastSA
  • Olmos Basin Alliance
  • Our Lady of the Lake University
  • San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
  • San Antonio Growth on the Eastside
  • San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • San Antonio Zoo
  • St. Luke's Episcopal Church
  • St. Phillips College
  • Texas A&M - San Antonio
  • Trust for Public Lands
  • United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
  • Vecinos de Mission Trails

Local Partnership Workplan