The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and thirteen other federal partners are teaming up with San Antonio to revitalize the San Antonio River Basin and improve the local community.
This partnership will reconnect local communities, particularly those that are overburdened or economically distressed, with their waterways. Improving coordination among federal agencies and collaborating with community-led revitalization efforts will improve the river basin and promote economic, environmental and social benefits.
“We are looking forward to working with our federal partners to strengthen the San Antonio River Basin and the surrounding community. The Urban Waters collaboration will boost recreation, help the economy, create jobs and most importantly protect Americans’ health,” said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry.
“Designation as a Federal Urban Waters Partnership location is a great recognition of the work we are doing as a community to restore, revitalize and preserve the San Antonio River and its watershed,” Mayor Ivy Ruth Taylor said. “Along with our partners, the City of San Antonio recognizes that our creeks and streams can be the x-factor in promoting public health, attracting economic development, and improving environmental quality. The Riverwalk and River Improvements Project have distinguished our city from any other and the Urban Waters Partnership will allow us to build on our internationally-recognized successes.”
In 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency selected 37 organizations to receive grants of $40,000 to $60,000 each, totaling approximately $2.1 million to support Urban Water projects. The EPA’s Urban Waters program supports communities in their efforts to access, improve, and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land.