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From downtown San Antonio to the Texas Coast, the San Antonio River Authority is dedicated to nurturing and protecting this amazing ecosystem. That's something we can all be proud of.

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Health & Safety Notice

To the constituents of the San Antonio River Authority:

The health, safety, and well-being of our constituents and staff is of paramount importance. As such, the San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) has been closely monitoring updates and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 virus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), City of San Antonio Metro Health, Bexar County, and the State of Texas. 

On March 23, 2020, Bexar County Judge Nelson W. Wolff issued Executive Order NW-03 and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued Emergency Order #5. The River Authority, as a government agency, performs essential public services as defined in both orders.

The essential community functions provided by the River Authority will remain in place and our staff will continue to meet all service obligations as the important work of the River Authority continues through these unprecedented times. However, out of an abundance of caution and to help limit the potential impacts of COVID-19, the River Authority has cancelled public and community meetings and events and some River Authority staff are working remotely. During this time, River Authority staff will be available through phone and email as well as through tele- and video-conference meetings. 

River Authority staff continue to provide uninterrupted essential services to the community, such as: maintaining service to wastewater treatment plants and supporting housing developments; project management and inspection of important public infrastructure construction projects; environmental investigations and critical-need water quality monitoring; operation and maintenance of parks and trails to support allowed outdoor activity with social distancing by citizens. We appreciate your trust, and we remain committed public servants with a duty and responsibility to provide essential services to the communities of the San Antonio River Basin.

We will continue to monitor public health recommendations and make additional decisions and announcements as necessary. Please continue to follow us via our social media channels and visit our website for updates. If you need to contact the River Authority, please call (210) 227-1373 or toll free at (866) 345-7272. Emails sent through the “Contact” page of the River Authority’s website will be received and responded to accordingly.

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Explore our website for a deeper dive into the bounty of natural, recreational, cultural and family opportunities waiting for you along the 240-mile course of the San Antonio River.

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Explore the San Antonio River Basin in new ways and uncover the vital role our rivers play in our daily lives. From the risk of floods to recreational activities, from delicate individual ecosystems to overall river health, there are countless stories to be told.

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Flood Risk
What is the most dangerous of natural disasters for South Texas? Many would be shocked to find that it is flooding! Flooding can result in a large loss of life and property, So, what can we do to prevent it? Learn how The River Authority and its partners are working to meet the challenge of protecting people, property, and the natural environment from flooding through planning and preparedness.

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River Health
There are many ways to determine the health of a river. The San Antonio River Authority and its scientists perform water quality monitoring, biological and habitat assessments throughout the San Antonio River Basin to keep tabs on the condition of this important ecoregion.

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Parks & Trails
There is an emerald heart in South Texas that beats to a rhythm of exploration, tranquility and adventure. Your San Antonio River has that pulse, and the San Antonio River Authority is inviting you to discover every facet of this gem’s green spaces, flowing waters and cultural heritage.

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What is an ecosystem? And how does the San Antonio River serve as an important habitat corridor supporting numerous native plants, migratory birds and other wildlife?

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Bays & Estuaries
Bays and estuaries are a vital part of our natural world. They act as barriers for storms, safe havens for migratory birds, nurseries for aquatic life, a food source and protection for wildlife, and much more. Because the San Antonio River flows 240-miles down to the Texas Coast, the health of our river has a direct effect on these coastal wetlands.

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Watershed Wise
The River Authority’s Watershed Wise program offers opportunities to make meaningful impacts along the San Antonio River Basin to improve water quality, to protect and improve environmental habitats, and to reduce pollution that threatens the health of the San Antonio River and surrounding creeks and streams.

Virtual Tour

Follow along the San Antonio River’s 240 mile journey from its underground origins all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. This virtual tour will show off the river’s diverse wildlife and rich history as it passes by Spanish missions and winds through the ranches and coastal plains of South Texas.

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