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The San Antonio River Authority managed a prescribed burn through on the city’s South Side on Tuesday.
San Antonio River Authority

The San Antonio River Authority managed a prescribed burn to improve the ecology of the river through the Mission Reach section on the city’s South Side on Tuesday.

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Situated on 8 miles of water and woodland, the San Antonio River's Mission Reach segment was developed through years of community-wide efforts. 


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Courtesy World Heritage Festival

The World Heritage Festival takes place this week from Wednesday, Sept. 6 to Sunday, Sept. 10. 

Colleen Swain, director of the City of San Antonio's World Heritage Office, says the festival connects the five Missions and celebrates their World Heritage designation, which recognizes the importance of the landmarks on a world stage.

"We are the one and only World Heritage site in the state of Texas. There's only 23 in the United States," she says.

Jack Morgan

Yet another Art Portal to a Mission along the Museum Reach was opened last week. The San Antonio River Foundation is installing Art Portals at each departure from the Mission Reach, to tie the Reach to each Mission. 

San Antonio River Foundation

There’s lots of buzz about plans for a new park overlooking the Mission Reach.  The $10 million plan for Confluence Park, to be situated at the confluence of the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek, will focus on teaching responsible water use and landscaping practices.

Stuart Allen is the project manager.

“Well, it’s a 3-1/2 acre outdoor learning classroom. The intent of the project is to create a destination on the Riverwalk where students and river visitors alike can learn about native plant species and witness a large-scale water catchment system,” Allen said.

Stacy Levy

The Mission Reach continues with its massive, multi-year transformation. I was there Friday morning to get an update after heavy overnight rains had swollen the river. The artist who is creating the artfully imagined portal at Mission Concepción is Stacy Levy.

“This park lies right between the San Antonio River and Mission Concepción," she said. "So my job is to create a place that is talking about both the river and the mission.”

The installation is massive: nearly 200 ft. long and 90 ft. wide.

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In spite of their emotional pleas, residents of the Mission Trail Mobile Home Park will be forced to move to make room for a $75 million development. Many people who spoke struck a chord with several council members and the mayor Thursday.

When it came time for the vote, Mayor Julián Castro reversed course from his usual push for progress. He said he could not support a zoning request to make the Mission Trail Mobile Home Park, located on the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River, a mixed-use development for shops and apartments.

San Antonio River Authority

Earlier in the month a jet fuel spill from the Calumet Specialty Products refinery left the community asking questions about the safety of the plant. The second in two months, the operator announced changes to the railcar loading area and other upgrades to prevent future spills.

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Investigators are looking into a weekend fuel spill that shut down paddling trails on the San Antonio River. Oil booms were still in place along the Mission Reach Monday, but parts of the river closed Saturday were open again.

The good thing is the spill was small and no wildlife were harmed, but this is the second spill at the Calumet refinery, which produces ultra-low sulfur diesel, naptha, specialty solvents, vacuum gas and jet fuel, the product that spilled on the ground and into a San Antonio River tributary late Friday evening.

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