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How Can You Help Improve The Health Of The River?

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You can make a difference!  Your everyday actions – even ones that seem small – can have either a positive or negative effect on the watershed. Scroll down to learn more about what you can do to make the San Antonio River safe, clean and enjoyable.

Improving the Health of Our Watershed

Recycling, picking up after your pet, composting, picking up litter, reducing single-use disposables, and applying fertilizer at appropriate times are all good examples of small actions that can improve the health of our watershed. In doing so, you are helping your community to ensure healthy creeks and rivers that support aquatic life, other wildlife, recreation opportunities, and a sound, sustainable ecosystem for present and future generations to enjoy.

Watershed Wise Rebate Program

This program rebates construction of on-site stormwater best management practices (BMPs) to either new construction or a retrofit of existing property. The rebate program is available in Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties.

 

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Watershed Wise School Grant

The San Antonio River Authority Watershed Wise School Grant provides funds to build stormwater runoff capture features on a school grounds within Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties. The goal of this program is to create awareness of the negative impacts from stormwater runoff on our creeks and rivers, as well as to reduce stormwater runoff on the school site. The purpose of this grant is to educate the public about campus drainage issues including nonpoint source pollution, localized flooding and erosion, and how to address these issues utilizing low impact development features.

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Watershed Wise Residential Rain Garden Club

A rain garden can help beautify your yard and help protect the environment. Think of the garden as a shallow bowl, about 6 to 9 inches deep, that captures rainwater from your roof, sidewalks and driveway. The rain garden allows you to slow down the flow of stormwater entering our waterways, to soak up some pollutants and filter the runoff that would otherwise end up in a  storm drain, and ultimately in our creeks and rivers.

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Low Impact Development Training

The San Antonio River Authority and Bexar County recently launched a training program for the construction inspection and maintenance of Low Impact Development (LID) permanent stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs). LID is a design approach modeled after nature to manage stormwater runoff in a manner that mimics natural hydrologic processes, providing benefits for water quality and mitigating negative impacts of stormwater runoff on downstream resources including streams and rivers.

 

No mow zone sign indicating a rain garden that slows down storm water runoff.
Other Helpful Tips to Protect the Environment

Reduce or eliminate single-use plastics such as straws, water bottles, cups, utensils by using reusable or refillable products.

Choose eco-friendly products when you can. Many sunscreens and bug sprays can harm water resources.

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What do you know about the health of the San Antonio River?

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the health of the San Antonio River after reviewing the Be River Proud River Health information. Good luck!

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