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For this week’s Something Monday casual, social, informative bike ride, we’ll be meeting with Steven Schauer, communications manager at the San Antonio River Authority, at SARA’s river-front location in the historic King William neighborhood (100 E. Guenther Street).

Steven is an experienced guide and a walking encyclopedia when it comes to the San Antonio River and its parts.

Steven Schauer, SARA spokesperson, knows the ins and outs of the Mission Reach and regularly gives casual, informative tours. Most recently, he showed off a stretch of the bike/walk trail near Roosevelt Park to an EPA official (pictured). Photo by Iris Dimmick.
Steven Schauer, SARA spokesperson, knows the ins and outs of the Mission Reach and regularly gives casual, informative tours. He recently showed off a stretch of the bike/walk trail near Roosevelt Park to an EPA official (pictured). Photo by Iris Dimmick.

We’ll be meeting at 6:15 p.m. at the San Antonio B-cycle station at Roosevelt Park (42 Mission Road) and riding north for a short ride (as the nights are approaching earlier in the evening these days) at 6:30 p.m. B-cycles come equipped with lights, but if you’re riding your own wheels, be sure to remember your lights to comply with local ordinance.

Steven Schauer SARA Manager of External Communications
Steven Schauer, SARA manager of external communications

Though the San Antonio River Improvement Plan came to a head on Saturday with the Mission Reach’s successful grand opening, there is continual work that needs to be done to ensure a healthy, beautiful river and aquifer. Steven will be demonstrating the importance of watershed management and introducing new “Watershed Wise” programing including educational and volunteer opportunities.

“There’s a little bit of labor and educational offerings as well,” Steven said.

The program is also the embodiment of a more calculated, organized approach to emergency restoration assistance after flooding. Much like volunteers with “Keep San Antonio Beautiful” pick up trash during Fiesta, these “Watershed W.I.S.E. Warriors” will be on hand to deal with trash that makes its way to the San Antonio River – before and after it gets to the river.

Heavy rain during late April 2013 highlights our littering problem on the banks of the Mission Reach (left). A few days later, SARA staff members clean up after us (right). Photos courtesy of SARA.
Heavy rain during late April 2013 highlights our littering problem on the banks of the Mission Reach (left). A few days later, SARA staff members clean up after us (right). Photos courtesy of SARA.

These opportunities, like the watershed, itself stretch far beyond San Antonio and Bexar County, he said. “We need to help get that message across that the watershed is all connected, so what happens up (or down) stream, impacts us.”

He’ll be presenting a model of the watershed and answering any questions the group has about watershed management, the San Antonio River Improvement Project, or any other topics that may arise.

Afterwards, who’s up for a drink at La Tuna Grill?

Iris Dimmick is managing editor of the Rivard Report. Follow her on Twitter @viviris or contact her at iris@rivardreport.com.

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San Antonio Report Staff

San Antonio Report Staff

This article was assembled by various members of the San Antonio Report staff.