Are you a farmer, rancher, or landowner? In this section, you’ll find useful information and resources from SARA and other agency partners to help address issues that affect water quality in your area.
Feral Hog Management Program
The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) has teamed up with Texas A&M AgriLife and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) – APHIS Wildlife Services to promote feral hog education and management strategies to landowners in SARA’s four-county jurisdiction. The goal of the Feral Hog Management Program is to connect landowners to local and state agencies with experience in this issue and help minimize feral hog damage in the region. Managing the feral hog population in the four-county region will help to protect public and private lands as well as improve the water quality of the creeks and rivers in the San Antonio River watershed.
Feral hogs are non-native, highly adaptable animals that can cause significant ecological and economical damage to urban and rural areas. In Texas, it is estimated that feral hogs cause approximately $52 million of damage annually to the agricultural industry. Feral hogs also cause damage to riparian areas along streams, increasing erosion and levels of bacteria in creeks and rivers. Because feral hogs have the highest reproductive capability of any hoofed animal, controlling or reducing the population is difficult.
Interested landowners are encouraged to contact SARA’s Feral Hog Management Program Manager Amanda Nasto at (210) 302-3676 or via email at email@example.com. You can also contact your local Texas Wildlife Services Office:
• Kerrville District Office – Bexar & Wilson County (North of Highway 97) – (830) 896-6535
• Corpus Christi District Office – Wilson County (South of Highway 97), Karnes & Goliad Counties – (361) 299-1176
Visit the following pages for more information about feral hogs and to learn about upcoming workshops and seminars:
Agricultural Chemical Collection Event
The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) hosts an Agricultural (Ag) Chemical Collection event for landowners in Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties on an annual basis.
What is accepted?
Both known and unknown wastes will be accepted, including outdated, discontinued, or unwanted agricultural pesticides (insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides).
What is NOT accepted?
Explosives and ordinance; petroleum products, paints, medical wastes, radioactive substances, household pesticides and chemicals.
Holders of old pesticides who plan to participate are encouraged to fill out an inventory form to register for the collection. The forms are for planning purposes only and strict confidentiality is maintained. Inventory forms are available at your local AgriLife Extension Office or can be downloaded here.
Registration & Contacts
Visit our events page to learn of upcoming collection events. Events are by appointment only. Interested landowners can contact their local AgriLife Extension Office:
Regional Conservation Partnership Program
In 2015, the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) partnered with the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Resource Institute (RI) to provide funding incentives to landowners to implement stream restoration practices on their property that improve river and stream stability as well as quality. Criteria for the project may include the following:
• Sites having a defined channel bed and bank along most of the reach of land.
• Preference for at least 1,500 feet long (can be reached with multiple landowners as long at the channel is contiguous)
• Obvious bank erosion issues
Eligible landowners must submit an application to their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office.
Soil and Water Conservation District Partnership
In 2014, the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) Board of Directors approved adding $100,000 to their budget to be used in support of conservation practices implemented in the Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad community. SARA has teamed up with the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties through an interlocal agreement and an associated annual work plan to apply community assistance funds for conservation activities. We are working with the with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and each local Soil and Water Conservation District to identify landowners-contractors who have installed conservation practices accepted by a primary cost share agency (NRCS, SWCD)
Eligible conservation practices will be calculated at 10% of the primary cost share agency reimbursement to landowner. Applicants must submit a one-page application (see below) to their local Soil & Water Conservation District.
The Goliad County Soil and Water Conservation District is doing an Individual Plant Treatment (IPT) project different from the 10% cost share project. Goliad County SWCD typically releases an ad in the newspaper when they are starting a new round of IPT. Landowners must sign up through them directly using their application form.
Cost Share Application
Below are links to the cost share application. Landowners can fill out the form and return it to their local Soil and Water Conservation District.