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San Antonio River Basin Regional Modeling Standards

The San Antonio River Basin Regional Modeling Standards for Hydrology and Hydraulic Modeling
was developed in 2006 in support of regional flood studies that were prepared as part of the
Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Flood Map Modernization (Map Mod) program.
These standards serve to provide consistent methodology for regional Hydrology and Hydraulic
(H&H) modeling in the San Antonio River Basin (SARB).

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Fiscal Responsibility

As a taxing authority, the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) is entrusted with the fiduciary responsibility to effectively manage public funds in a manner that exemplifies the highest standards of accountability, transparency and integrity to provide the appropriate level of quality public service.

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Watershed Management

The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) defines watershed management as a holistic approach to managing land use changes through scientifically-based master planning techniques which promote land management that respects the natural flow of water on the land and maintains natural processes in altered landscapes.

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Flood Risk Management

The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) promotes programs and activities that proactively inform residents and property owners of their potential risk for flooding. By providing the most accurate and up-to-date information on flood risk, SARA enhances the ability for governments, businesses and individuals to make informed decisions to manage flood risk and protect life, property and infrastructure from flooding.

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Nature Based Parks

The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) firmly supports the health and quality of life benefits of nature based recreation. SARA’s goal is to increase the availability of this type of recreation throughout the San Antonio River Watershed by working with citizens to develop park resources along rivers and creeks in the basin and by collaborating with other government entities to promote the use of and connections between recreational facilities that encourage citizens to enjoy the natural resources of the area.

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Primary Contact Recreation Standard

The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) is dedicated to attaining a water quality standard throughout the San Antonio River Basin that meets the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) primary contact recreation classification. This means the water quality in the rivers and creeks of the San Antonio River Basin will be suitable for activities such as wading, swimming, kayaking and canoeing.

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Practices Advancing Watershed Sustainability

The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) promotes sustainable land development practices that minimize increases in the volume and velocity of stormwater runoff, and protect or improve the ecological functions of the watershed. SARA is committed to advancing sustainable development practices throughout the San Antonio River basin that balance costs, environmental protection and quality of life interests to improve and protect the health of our creeks and rivers today and tomorrow.