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Municipal Plaza Building
114 W. Commerce, 10th Floor                                 San Antonio, TX 78205

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Municipal Plaza Building                                         114 W. Commerce, 11th Floor                               San Antonio, TX 78205

Phone
210.207.3003 (Phillip Covington)
210.207.2162 (Susan Courage)
210.207.2810 (David Bernal)
210.207.2815 (Grant Ellis)

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Special Projects Manager

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Senior Management Analyst

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Management Analyst

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Natural Resources Manager

 

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Steubing-Classen Ranch Parkland Acquisition 
In October 2016, CoSA purchased the Steubing-Classen ranch for parkland acquisition, preserving pristine land in a rapidly developed area located on the north side of San Antonio. Of the 204 acres purchased, approximately 160 acres are under a conservation easement, which will protect the land into perpetuity. 

Proposition 1 2015 - Edwards Aquifer Protection Program Renewal Approved by Voters
On May 9
, 2015 San Antonio voters approved both Propositions 1 and 2 to provide funds to support aquifer protection (Proposition 1), as well as the creation of  linear creekway parks (Proposition 2).  Proposition 1 was passed by 78 percent of the vote, which will provide $90 million to purchase and protect land in the "aquifer's sensitive recharge and contributing zones" as well as $10 million to create new protection zones within urban areas of Bexar County with the intention of safeguarding the city's drinking water.   

KSAT Covers EAPP's Conservation Easement Annual Monitoring Inspection
On May 42015, local news station KSAT-12 covered the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program’s annual monitoring inspection of the Young Ranch - one of the City's conservation easements.  Susan Courage of the EAPP along with the Edwards Aquifer Authority and the landowners are interviewed by KSAT reporters.

City of San Antonio Contributes $5 M to Protect Crescent Hills Property
Rivard ReportSan Antonio CurrentNational Public Radio 
 

Land Conservation is Critical for Aquifer Protection
n the Summer 2014 issue of the Texas Water Resource Institute's TX-H2O magazine, the City of San Antonio's aquifer protection program is prominently features.  the article, "Protect Our Land, Protect Our Water," is available in print and online at the TWRI website.  It focuses on land conservation efforts by the City of San Antonio and other communities around the state that are designed to also protect local water resources. 

City Leaders Mark Progress of Aquifer Protection Program
In April 2014, the City's aquifer protection program staff gave their annual report on the status of the program to San Antonio City Council members.  Texas Public Radio's Ryan Loyd reported on the program and its success over the years.

San Antonio Express-News Explores Seco Sinkhole on City-Protected Land
The Seco Sinkhole, one of the largest known recharge features over the Edwards Aquifer, was recently featured in a San Antonio Express-News article. The sinkhole, which measure approximately 40 feet across at its widest point, is located on private land in Medina County that is protected by a City of San Antonio conservation easement under the Citys aquifer protection program.

San Antonio Can Lead the Way for Water
Andrew Sansom, with the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, explains how the City of San Antonio can and should serve as the municipal vanguard to lead the way for water conservation and policy throughout the state.

San Antonio Express-News Reports 461 Acres Added to Government Canyon State Natural Area
In early April 2013, the City of San Antonio and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) finalized the acquisition of 461 acres over the Recharge Zone of the Edwards Aquifer that will become part of Government Canyon State Natural Area in northwest Bexar County. The City contributed $7 million from the voter-supported Edwards Aquifer Protection Program toward the purchase price of the land. Additional funds were leveraged from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and TPWD for the acquisition.

KSAT-12 Learns about the City of San Antonio Aquifer Protection Program
In October 2012, a KSAT-12 news crew visited one of the properties protected under the City of San Antonio’s Edwards Aquifer Protection Program. Reporter Justin Horne interviewed City staff as well as the landowner, and ventured down into one of the recharge caves on the property for some great footage.

Rivard Report Spotlights City of San Antonio Aquifer Protection Program
On September 28, 2012, the Rivard Report featured an article by Dr. Francine Sanders Romero, chair of the City of San Antonio's Conservation Advisory Board, on the importance of the City's aquifer protection initiative. The Rivard Report is a local, independent website dedicated to issues that impact the greater San Antonio community.

Water is Life - by Andrew Sansom
Andrew Sansom, Executive Director of the River Systems Institute at Texas State University in San Marcos, wrote a new water conservation article for the Texas Co-op Power website that mentions the City of San Antonio's Edwards Aquifer Protection Program conservation easement program.

San Antonio Express-News Covers City of San Antonio Aquifer Protection Program
On June 5, 2012, the City of San Antonio's Edwards Aquifer Protection Program featured prominently in a San Antonio Express-News article by Colin McDonald.

Nature Conservancy Magazine Discusses City of San Antonio Aquifer Protection Program
The May 2012 issue of The Nature Conservancy magazine features an in-depth look at the City of San Antonio's Edwards Aquifer Protection Program.

 

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