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  • Billing Information Utilities Contact Information Wastewater Treatment Plants Water Systems and Services GIS and Maps About GIS Maps Info Data LiDAR Aerial Imagery GIS Request Form Real Estate Reports Studies Environmental Sciences Clean Rivers Program Water Quality Data Basin Highlights and Summary Reports Environmental Advisory Committee Laboratory Services Customer Login Location and Hours Services Fees Sample Acceptance Criteria Forms Links FAQs Environmental Investigators Environmental Projects Education Educational Curriculums and Materials San Antonio River Basin San Antonio River Facts Culture Natural History Request a Presentation Open Government Transparency Public Information Act Design and Construction Inspection Registration Register here Watershed Wise Agriculture Learn more SARA s Inaugural Environmental Film Fest Contest Deadline April 29 2016 Learn more Vision Inspiring Actions for Healthy Creeks and Rivers Learn more Mission Protect and Enhance Our Creeks and Rivers Through Service Leadership and Expertise Learn more Upcoming Events Find all of our upcoming events public meetings and educational opportunities more LID Sustainability Learn about low impact development and sustainability best management practices more Watershed Wise Learn about volunteer opportunities and how you can help at home or at work to do your part more River Recreation From cycling to paddling to event reservations learn more about

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  • About SARA |
    1913 and 1914 passed a Constitutional amendment allowing the Legislature to create special purpose political subdivisions of the State to serve regional areas generally coincidental with river basins and to be generally known as river authorities SARA created in 1937 is one of many such active river authorities in the State of Texas Its jurisdiction covers 3 658 square miles all of Bexar Wilson Karnes and Goliad Counties A 12 member Board of Directors governs SARA Six directors are elected from Bexar County and two are elected from each of the three other counties with each elected member serving six years Policies established by the Board are executed by the management organization under the direction of a General Manager appointed by the Board SARA has the statutory authority to impose an ad valorem tax for use in planning operations and maintenance activities only Its tax is statutorily limited to two cents per 100 of assessed property valuation The FY 2015 2016 ad valorem tax rate is set at 0 01729 per 100 assessed valuation and the amended 2015 16 budget is 159 592 098 Vision Inspiring Actions for Healthy Creeks and Rivers Mission Protect and enhance our creeks and rivers through service leadership and expertise SARA s Core Values Stewardship We care for our creeks and rivers as a valued natural and community resource We exercise care in managing the public funds and resources entrusted to us We care for our employees Integrity We are honest ethical and reliable We are accountable to and value the trust and confidence of the citizens and communities we serve and each other Excellence We are committed to innovative collaborative adaptive and strategic actions that result in watershed solutions We provide responsive service leverage our experience and strive to advance our knowledge skills and

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  • Board of Directors & Committees |
    which is an Energy Efficiency Engineering firm As a LEED Accredited Professional Lackey verifies that complex building system perform as intended to achieve energy and water efficiency reduce CO2 emissions and improve indoor environmental quality Lackey is also a SARA appointed Board Member of the San Antonio River Foundation a 501c3 which promotes privately funded art installation and enhancements along the San Antonio River Improvements Projects where he serves as Vice Chairman A member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas SRT Lackey traces his lineage to Jose Luis Carvajal who inherited land out of the Andres Hernandez grant at the confluence of the Cibolo Creek and the San Antonio River The spot was known as Carvajal Crossing because it had a firm bottom for the ox carts traveling the Camino Real between San Antonio and Goliad Lackey is a graduate of Central Catholic High School He holds a bachelor s of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A M and an MBA from the University of Houston Contact Michael Lackey If you are a human and are seeing this field please leave it blank Fields marked with an are required First Name Last Name Email Subject Comments What 3 21 James Fuller Goliad County Executive Committee Member At Large Board member since 2013 Current term expires 2019 Committee memberships Executive Committee Member At Large Operations Committee James Fuller M D is a retired Cardiothoracic Surgeon He has been actively involved in the San Antonio River Watershed and currently serves on the Goliad Soil and Water Conservation District He also takes part in ongoing conservation projects with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department U S Fish and Wildlife Ducks Unlimited and the Guadalupe Blanco River Trust As recognition for his service Dr Fuller received the Lone Star Land Steward Award in 2005 and 2006 The award recognizes private land owners for their accomplishments in habitat management and wildlife conservation Contact James Fuller If you are a human and are seeing this field please leave it blank Fields marked with an are required First Name Last Name Email Subject Comments What 3 21 Jim Campbell Bexar County District 4 Board member since 2015 Current term expires 2021 Committee memberships Fiscal Committee Communications Committee As District 4 Director Jim Campbell represents the eastern portion of Bexar County where he was raised lives and works A fifth generation Texan Jim is a graduate of San Antonio s Roosevelt High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Texas A M University Campbell is a governmental relations and communications professional currently serving as Senior Director of Public Affairs for Holt Cat the largest Caterpillar dealership in North America His career has included employment in the United States Congress Texas Legislature and San Antonio municipal government Jim has been active in the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce for almost twenty years including service on the board and executive committee He currently serves as a mayoral appointee to the San

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  • Agendas & Minutes |
    Fiscal Committee meets on an as needed basis the Monday nine days prior to the Board of Directors meeting typically at noon The Communications Committee meets every other month during the fourth or first week of the month typically at 2 00 p m 2016 2015 2014 2013 Board of Directors Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes April 20 2016 March 16 2016 February 17 2016 January 20 2016 Special Meetings Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes January 20 2016 Executive Committee Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes April 13 2016 February 10 2016 January 13 2016 Fiscal Committee Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes April 11 2016 March 7 2016 February 10 2016 Communications Committee Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes February 10 2016 Operations Committee Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes April 11 2016 March 7 2016 February 8 2016 January 11 2016 Public Facility Corporations Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes date Special Purpose Committee Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes April 11 2016 April 13 2016 Board of Directors Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes December 16 2015 November 18 2015 October 21 2015 September 16 2015 August 26 2015 June 17 2015 May 20 2015 Apr 15 2015 Mar 18 2015 Feb 18 2015 Jan 21 2015 Special Meetings Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes November 12 2015 Sept 9 2015 Feb 18 2015 Executive Committee Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes October 14 2015 September 9 2015 August 12 2015 June 10 2015 May 13 2015 Apr 8 2015 Mar 11 2015 Feb 11 2015 Jan 14 2015 Fiscal Committee Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes December 7 2015 November 9 2015 October 12 2015 August 10 2015 May 11 2015 Apr 6 2015 Mar 9 2015 Feb 9 2015 Jan 12 2015 Communications Committee Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes November 12 2015 May 13 2015 Feb 11 2015 Operations Committee Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes December 7 2015 November 9 2015 October 12 2015 September 8 2015 August 10 2015 June 8 2015 May 11 2015 Apr 6 2015 Mar 9 2015 Feb 9 2015 Jan 12 2015 Public Facility Corporations Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes Feb 19 2014 Jan 15 2014 Special Purpose Committee Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes Apr 8 2015 Mar 23 2015 Board of Directors Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes Dec 17 2014 Nov 19 2014 Oct 22 2014 Sep 17 2014 Aug 20 2014 Jun 18 2014 May 21 2014 Apr 16 2014 Mar 19 2014 Feb 19 2014 Jan 15 2014 Special Meetings Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes Sep 3 2014 Jun 4 2014 Feb 19 2014 Executive Committee Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes Nov 12 2014 Oct 8 2014 Aug 13 2014 May 14 2014 Feb 12 2014 Jan 8 2014 Fiscal Committee Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes Nov 10 2014 Oct 6 2014 Aug 11 2014 May 12 2014 Apr 7 2014 Feb 10 2014 Communications Committee Date Agenda Agenda Packet Minutes Nov 12 2014 Aug 13 2014 Apr 9 2014 Feb 12 2014 Operations Committee Date

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  • Management Structure |
    Antonio 2006 2013 DIRECTOR of HUMAN RESOURCES Bruce Knott MHR About Bruce Knott Bruce Knott has been with the San Antonio River Authority since 2011 and serves as the Director of Human Resources In this capacity Mr Knott directs the administration and business of all human capital and safety programs within the River Authority with approximately 260 employees Mr Knott is responsible for furthering SARA s mission through the operation and development of programs such as employee relations compensation management leadership and employee development organizational design and development group medical and dental benefits health and safety workers compensation employment law performance management and occupational efficiencies Mr Knott assists the General Manager with building and maintaining a strong culture that promotes and encourages employee development and a passion for public service Mr Knott has twenty nine years of professional human resources experience at the local state and federal level Prior to his position with the River Authority Mr Knott served as the Director of Human Resources for the City of Pascagoula Mississippi where he directed the Human Capital Information Technology and Public Relations Departments Prior to that position Mr Knott held a variety of Human Resources positions with the United States Air Force where he retired after serving with dignity and honor for twenty years Mr Knott has also taught for several Colleges and Universities Mr Knott is passionate about employee growth and development and efficient effective and innovative public service Mr Knott holds Master s degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources Management and Bachelor of Science degrees in Education and Occupational Education He holds an Occupational Instructor Certificate and is a certified practitioner of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator MBTI DiSC Personality Assessment Tool Strong Interest Inventory Conflict Dynamics Profile and Alternative Dispute Resolution Mr Knott is active in the local and national chapters of the Society of Human Resources Management SHRM and the American Society for Training and Development ASTD He currently serves on the Texas Water Conservation Association Risk Management Fund board and has previously served on boards for the United Way Air Force Association Boys and Girls Clubs and Rotary Clubs DIRECTOR of TECHNICAL SERVICES Steven J Raabe P E About Steven J Raabe Mr Raabe is Director of Technical Services for the San Antonio River Authority SARA and is responsible for the Watershed Engineering Real Estate and Environmental Science departments Mr Raabe has been with SARA since 1992 He received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from Texas A M University in 1979 a Master of Engineering in Agricultural Engineering from Texas A M University in 1980 and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas Mr Raabe directed the San Antonio River Authority s participation in the Texas Instream Flow Program and provided technical and policy guidance for SARA in the Texas Environmental Flow process He currently serves as chair of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan Stakeholder Committee He served on the Steering Committee and chaired the Recharge Facility Feasibility

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  • Open Government/Transparency |
    of assessed property valuation The FY 2015 2016 ad valorem tax rate is set at 0 01729 per 100 assessed valuation and the approved 2015 16 budget is 159 592 098 Annual Budget 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2015 16 Budget 2015 16 Program Book 2015 16 Executive Summary Brochure 2015 Amended Budget Summary 2015 Executive Summary 2015 Program Budgets 2015 Annual Budget Detail 2014 Executive Summary 2014 Annual Budget Detail 2013 Executive Summary 2013 Program Budgets and Map Book 2013 Annual Budget Detail 2012 Executive Summary 2012 Program Budgets 2012 Program Map Book 2012 Annual Budget 2011 Executive Summary 2011 Program Budgets 2011 Program Map Book 2011 Annual Budget 2010 Executive Summaries 2010 Program Budgets 2010 Annual Budget Detail 2009 Budget 2008 Budget Financial Data Bond Election Pledge Adopted Budget Revenues FY 2015 16 Adopted Budget Expenditures By Classification FY 2015 16 Adopted Budget Expenditures By Service Area FY 2015 16 General Fund Operating Budget Property Valuations and Tax Rates Capital Programs Funding Average Wastewater Bill Debt Schedule Debt Schedule Debt Service Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2007 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Check Registers 2016 2015 2014 AP Check Register July 2015 AP Check Register August 2015 AP Check Register September 2015 AP Check Register October 2015 AP Check Register November 2015 AP Check Register December 2015 AP Check Register January 2016 AP Check Register February 2016 AP Check Register March 2016 AP Check register January 2015 AP Check register February 2015 AP Check register March 2015

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  • SARA Fact Sheets & Position Papers |
    Utilities Contact Information Wastewater Treatment Plants Water Systems and Services GIS and Maps About GIS Maps Info Data LiDAR Aerial Imagery GIS Request Form Real Estate Reports Studies Environmental Sciences Clean Rivers Program Water Quality Data Basin Highlights and Summary Reports Environmental Advisory Committee Laboratory Services Customer Login Location and Hours Services Fees Sample Acceptance Criteria Forms Links FAQs Environmental Investigators Environmental Projects Education Educational Curriculums and Materials San Antonio River Basin San Antonio River Facts Culture Natural History Request a Presentation Open Government Transparency Public Information Act Home About SARA SARA Fact Sheets Position Papers SARA Fact Sheets Position Papers Print Friendly Fact Sheets SARA General Fact Sheet SARA General Fact Sheet Spanish SARA Environmental Sciences Fact Sheet SARA Flood Mitigation SARA Utilities San Antonio River Improvements Project Fact Sheet San Antonio River Improvements Project Fact Sheet Spanish Regional Water Alliance Fact Sheet Position Papers Watershed Sustainability Practices Advancing Sustainable Development Environmental Flows Primary Contact Recreation Standard Nature Based Parks Flood Risk Management Watershed Management Fiscal Responsibility About SARA Board of Directors Agendas Minutes Management Structure Financial Information Fact Sheets Position Papers SARA s History Past Projects SARA Archives Contracting Opportunities Media River Reach Newsletter Employment Contact Us Upcoming

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  • SARA’s History |
    and San Antonio River Basins 1986 SARA s regional water quality laboratory expanded services in the 1980s as did SARA s wastewater treatment plants By the end of the decade four additional dams were added to the Salado Creek Watershed Project bringing the total number of dams operated and maintained by SARA to thirteen in Karnes County and twenty five in Bexar County SARA continued its support of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park by conveying to the park several parcels of land adjacent to the San Antonio River to expand and enhance the newly created National Park Recreational use primarily fishing at Braunig Lake and Calaveras Lake Parks also continued to increase throughout the 1980s The 1990s The SACIP continued with the construction of the San Antonio River Tunnel Project which was initiated in 1993 and completed in December 1997 Ten months later on October 17 18 1998 south central Texas experienced record breaking rainfall and the tunnels performed as designed sparing downtown San Antonio from a devastating flood In 1999 the tunnel project won the State of Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers it also received a national level Award of Merit A year later it was one of four projects to receive the Federal Design Achievement Award from the National Endowment for the Arts NEA as well as an achievement award from the American Society of Civil Engineers in recognition of the Tunnel Inlet Site Throughout the 1990s SACIP work also continued on San Pedro Alazan Martinez and Apache Creeks An additional dam was completed as part of the Salado Creek Watershed Project in 1996 and the final dam to be built within Salado Creek Watershed began construction 1998 Also in 1998 SARA authorized the creation of a local stakeholder group to be named the San Antonio River Oversight Committee SAROC whose purpose was to advise SARA the City of San Antonio COSA and Bexar County on planning design project management construction and construction phasing and funding for the development of flood control and amenity improvements on what would become known as the San Antonio River Improvements Project SARIP SAROC is still active today as SARIP is scheduled to be complete in 2013 The mid 1990s also saw SARA complete several water quality activities including a water quality study in the River Loop area for COSA a multi year partnership with the United States Geological Survey USGS to fund water quality and stream flow monitoring stations a nonpoint source pollution pilot study with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission TNRCC and regional water quality studies also with the guidance of TNRCC s Clean Rivers Program a Total Maximum Daily Load assessment on Salado Creek and a biological study in the vicinity of Kelly Air Force Base Maintenance improvement and expansion of SARA s wastewater services continued to be a top priority in the mid to late 1990s and the agency s success was reflected by being awarded the 1995 EPA Region 6 Regional Administrator s Environmental Excellence Award for Operation and Maintenance at the Martinez II Wastewater Treatment Plant Additional wastewater service awards garnered in the 1990 s included a National Award for Operation and Maintenance and the Regional Administrator s Environmental Excellence Award in 1996 both from the U S Environmental Protection Agency Identification of potable water resources was a top priority for SARA and other public entities in the 1990s As a result SARA entered into various agreements participated in studies or generally coordinated with numerous water agencies including the Edwards Aquifer Authority EAA Texas Water Development Board TWDB San Antonio Water System SAWS Bexar Met Nueces River Authority Lower Colorado River Authority LCRA and Guadalupe Blanco River Authority GBRA Passage of Senate Bill 1 by the Texas Legislature in 1997 led to the TWDB designating 16 regional water planning areas across the state the SARA district was included in the Regional Water Planning Group for Region L In 1998 SARA was asked to serve as the administrative agency for Region L a responsibility SARA continues to have today Activities pertaining to parks and recreation in the 1990s included leasing SARA property at two dam sites for recreational development coordinating with the City of Converse to use the Martinez Site 4 as a city park supporting COSA s Open Space Planning efforts and Mission Trails Project and constructing park road improvements at Braunig Lake and Calaveras Lake Parks The 2000s In 2000 SARA was successful in obtaining Congressional approval to include environmental restoration and recreation as project purposes for SACIP the 1954 federally authorized flood control project which opened the door for the development of the Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project as part of SARIP the local plan conceived in 1998 to improve the river The design for the downtown portion of SARIP was completed and a construction contract was executed in 2000 this section was completed in 2002 and was recognized with a historic preservation award from the San Antonio Conservation Society and the Downtown Alliance s Downtown Best award for the Best Arts Culture Project SARA formed the San Antonio River Foundation in 2003 whose purpose is to raise private money to bring artistic recreational environmental and educational enhancements to the River The newly formed foundation has been actively supporting SARIP since its creation By 2004 design of both the Mission and Museum Reaches were nearing completion In 2005 planning began for the Westside Creeks Restoration Project to restore San Pedro Alazan Martinez and Apache Creeks while continuing to improve flood protection for the area In 2006 the USACE approved a project cooperation agreement to initiate the construction phase of the Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project Construction of the Urban Segment of the Museum Reach began in 2007 and was completed in 2009 In 2010 SARA won the Downtown Alliance Best of 2009 award for the Best Public Private Partnership for the Museum Reach Construction of the Mission Reach began in 2008 and is scheduled for completion in 2013 Following the devastating floods of 2002 SARA focused on another major flood control project related to Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA buyouts in the Cibolo Creek floodplain this extended to the City of La Vernia Kendall County Comfort and a subdivision in Bexar County by 2004 and Falls City the City of Goliad and Goliad County by 2005 The 2002 floods also served as a catalyst for the creation of the Bexar Regional Watershed Management BRWM partnership which brings SARA together with COSA Bexar County and 20 suburban cities within Bexar County to work cooperatively on water quantity and quality issues The final dam within Salado Creek Watershed Project was completed in 2004 and dam rehabilitations in the Martinez Creek and Salado Creek watersheds were completed in 2005 and 2007 Beginning in 2006 SARA worked with FEMA to update and convert Bexar County flood maps to a digital format SARA proceeded to take the lead in creating the new digital flood insurance rate maps DFIRMs for the entire SARA District which resulted in some of the most detailed DFIRMs in the nation becoming official in 2010 In 2008 Bexar County Commissioners Court approved a Flood Control Capital Improvements Program through the BRWM partnership SARA provided the county technical assistance with the planning for capital improvement program and real estate acquisition services for the program Water quality programs that had been developed in the 1990s continued to expand throughout the 2000s adding the following projects a biological survey of the San Antonio River to assess the risk of ecosystem stress resulting from groundwater contamination possibly related to area military activities a wastewater monitoring and laboratory analyses project associated with a research study on restaurant wastes a baseline fish population inventory near the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park a watershed protection plan for SARIP for the purpose of describing targeted water quality issues pollutants nonpoint source pollution management measures and a schedule for their implementation and a River Loop water quality and flow study On a basin level SARA became the lead agency to conduct a total maximum daily load assessment project to address dissolved oxygen and fecal coliform bacteria problems SARA conducted a water quality monitoring and laboratory analyses project associated with a bacterial survey of the lower San Antonio River and development of a network of remote water quality monitoring stations throughout the river basin The water quality monitoring activities associated with the Clean Rivers Program continued as did SARA s cooperative project with USGS for operation and maintenance of stream flow monitoring stations SARA also conducted an instream flows study and a fish community sampling study in the lower basin The increase in tasks related to execution of the various contracts placed a significant load on the SARA lab which experienced not only expansion but investment in state of the art equipment during the first decade of the twenty first century In 2007 the Environmental Sciences Department Laboratory held its grand opening and a few months later the lab received National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation As Bexar County experienced significant population growth SARA responded by improving and expanding its wastewater treatment services Numerous requests came to SARA for wastewater treatment services within Bexar County and in adjoining counties and SARA responded by conducting regional wastewater facilities studies and assessments of cities and unincorporated areas in Bexar Wilson Karnes and Goliad counties SARA went on to either take over or offer assistance to numerous wastewater facilities in smaller communities throughout the basin In 2009 the SARA Utilities Department and the City of Somerset received the Water Environment Association of Texas Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year Award With regards to potable water planning SARA continued its administrative role with Regional L and entered into an agreement with SAWS and GBRA to secure the under utilized portion of those water rights as a raw water supply for 50 years When this agreement with SAWS and GBRA was terminated SARA continued its involvement with a larger leadership role by agreeing to complete the Whooping Crane and Estuary Responses Project joint studies SARA s involvement with water supply issues in the downstream counties was an important part of the agency s basin wide program including entering into agreements to help provide potable water and sewer service to the citizens of Berclair and Fannin in Goliad County providing grant funds for construction of the Cologne water system in Goliad County joining Kenedy in Karnes County to submit a joint TWDB grant application to improve and upgrade the city s desalination facilities and as a public service purchasing the Calico Water System in Wilson County that provided water service to three subdivisions By 2005 SARA began to take steps to acquire water rights by purchase to help ensure adequate environmental flows in the river Throughout the 1990s SARA was involved in discussions about how best to balance the use of Edwards Aquifer water for drinking with the need to provide flows to Comal and San Marcos Springs In 2006 the Fish and Wildlife Service FWS brought together a group of stakeholders which included SARA to participate in a regional collaborative process to develop a plan to contribute to the recovery of the federally listed species dependent on the Edwards Aquifer This stakeholder process became known as the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program EARIP and SARA has had a significant role in the EARIP from its inception through the present SARA remained committed to the recreational opportunities offered by the facilities at Braunig Lake and Calaveras Lake Park however in 2008 SARA amicably ended its 40 year relationship with CPS Energy to operate the lake parks in order to pursue other types of recreational properties throughout the basin Other initiatives associated with parks and recreation activities occurred in southeastern Bexar County and in Wilson and Goliad Counties within a context of basin wide planning led by SARA One of the first new recreation projects was an interlocal agreement with Wilson County for the development operation and maintenance of Jackson Nature Park a 50 acre tract on Cibolo Creek that had been donated to the county in 1999 In 2003 a regional park planning advisory committee was created which was tasked with providing community outreach and oversight to staff and consulting planning for an integrated regional network of nature based park resources Phase I of the Regional Park Planning Advisory Committee report was completed in early 2005 and Phase II was approved in late 2005 In 2006 SARA adopted Phase II of the San Antonio River Basin Plan for nature based park resources and established a Regional Park Coordinating Council to provide a forum for organizations involved in the plan By 2007 SARA opened the Goliad Paddling Trail its first officially designated paddling trail and in 2009 SARA purchased nearly 100 acres of land along the San Antonio River in Wilson County to be known as the Helton San Antonio River Nature Park Growth in the number and complexity of programs administered by SARA in the first decade of the Twenty first Century was made possible in part by the many interlocal agreements SARA executed with other agencies and by the board s decision to reinstitute the ad valorem tax on property within the four county river basin beginning in the tax year 2002 2010 2012 Construction of the SARIP Mission Reach Project continued with groundbreakings for Phases 2 and 3 of the project taking place in 2010 Phase 1 of the Mission Reach opened at the end of 2010 while Phase 2 opened in 2011 At the grand opening of Phases 1 and 2 of the Mission Reach Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar claimed that the Mission Reach Project was leading the nation in urban ecosystem restoration as he publically supported the World Heritage Site Nomination of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park a nomination process that SARA continues to actively support Additional portions of the Mission Reach Phase 3 are set to open in 2012 including the first section of the Mission Reach that will be accessible to paddle recreation The Mission Reach Project along with the Museum Reach which is north of downtown will be complete by 2013 Additional rehabilitation work on the dams operated and maintained by SARA was authorized in 2010 2011 and 2012 SARA also took the lead on dam rehabilitation work outside its District when it agreed to oversee the work being done to the Medina Dam that work is scheduled to be completed in 2012 From the late 2000s through 2012 SARA continued to work to leverage the DFIRM investment both locally and with the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA This leveraging includes SARA s role as a Letter of Map Revision LOMR Delegation Partner with FEMA SARA s roles in FEMA s RiskMAP program and recent mapping updates SARA s role with Emergency Operations Center on the Flood Alert System for Bexar County SARA s recent update of the downstream flood warning system and SARA s development of holistic watershed master plans SARA s wastewater service continued to receive honors winning the Water Environment Association of Texas 2010 Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year which went to the Salatrillo Plant and SARA Utilities Department Work continues on a new wastewater treatment facility in Bexar County known as the Graytown Road wastewater system Additionally an agreement was signed with the Alamo Community College District for SARA to provide permitting project management construction and ongoing operations and maintenance services for a new wastewater treatment plant at the ACCD First Responders Academy Campus which is set to begin construction in 2012 From the late 2000s through 2012 SARA has been involved with a number of water quality projects including the administration and development of a total maximum daily load implementation plan for the upper San Antonio River and Salado and Walzem Creeks the River Walk Implementation Project in the River Loop area an agreement to conduct water quality surveys on Leon Creek as part of the Leon Creek total maximum daily load program administration and conducting of water quality monitoring activities in accordance with the Clean Rivers Program providing water quality modeling services for the Texas Instream Flows Program and Lower San Antonio River Instream Flow Study undertaking total maximum daily load related projects in the San Antonio River Watershed revising and updating of the Upper San Antonio River Watershed Protection Plan and continuing long standing water quality studies with the USGS Relating to both water quality and quantity the Guadalupe San Antonio Mission and Aransas Rivers and Mission Copano Aransas and San Antonio Bays Basin and Bay Expert Science Team BBEST and Basin and Bays Area Stakeholder Committee BBASC submitted their recommendation reports in 2011 SARA has actively participated in both committees with SARA s General Manager chairing the BBASC and an executive team staff member being appointed as a voting member of the BBEST Additionally SARA provided administrative support to both committees to assist in meeting the Legislature s strict deadlines In 2012 the EARIP stakeholders submitted a plan for approval to the FWS and SARA s role in the EARIP process expanded as SARA took on the responsibility to acquire 40 000 acre feet of water in support the EARIP plan With development of the Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas fields underway by 2009 SARA became involved in a number of issues related to the burgeoning oil and gas exploration and development Given SARA s ownership of the bed and banks of the San Antonio River and its tributaries conveying easements across the San Antonio River and its tributaries to oil and gas companies and conducting onsite monitoring of the construction of the pipeline quickly became a role SARA played in the Eagle Ford Shale development SARA also amended its surface water rights permits for irrigation use in Bexar Wilson Karnes and Goliad Counties to add the purposes of environmental flow recreation and pleasure

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