Posted on October 27, 2022
The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials in partnership with San Antonio River Authority signed a project partnership agreement last month establishing the path forward with the Westside Creeks Ecosystem Restoration Project.
Changes in the hydraulic regime of the Westside Creeks over the last half-century are largely due to shifts in urbanization, the construction of the San Antonio Channel Improvement Project, and required operation and maintenance practices. The result is a system where the sediment transport is out of balance. The ecosystem restoration measures of the Westside Creeks Project will help restore the riverine ecosystem along with recreation opportunities that are compatible with the ecosystem restoration objectives.
Project features consists of the design of Apache, Martinez and Alazán Creeks along with the construction of San Pedro, Apache, Martinez, and Alazan Creeks. Features include 6.5 miles pilot channel, 222 acres of mixed riparian meadow and riparian woody vegetation, 146 pool-riffle- run sections, 143 off channel slackwaters, and recreation features consisting of 8.4 miles of multi-use trail, six shade structures, 50 interpretive signs, 15 benches, 15 water fountains, 23 picnic tables with pads, and 23 trash receptacles, as generally described in the San Antonio Channel Improvement Project, General Re-Evaluation Report and Environmental Assessment.
Project Partnership Agreement and additional project information is available at https://www.swf.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Westside-Creeks/.