San Antonio BCycle and the San Antonio River Authority are taking you on an exploratory jaunt along San Antonio River. Led by the River Authority, this ride will expand your realization on how our city plays an important role in protecting the world!
The San Antonio River is the city’s most massive ecosystem restoration project that also links to our cultural institutions. During the 1920-60s, the river was channelized to assist in flood mitigation, but at the cost of loosing native vegetation which had negative effects on the wildlife.
At the turn of the century, the SA River Improvements Project began their restoration magic by utilizing hydraulic modeling of rain events to analyze the amount of native vegetation that could be replanted without interfering with the flood mitigation. This ecological transformation was accomplished by planting native grasses, trees, and plant life near the river’s edge. These native plants provide habitat and food for many species of animals that have historically called the San Antonio River home.
Over the past 20 years, the Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project has increased the quality, quantity and diversity of plants and animals (flora and fauna) along the river. Learn more about this restoration project that has grown to serve our pollinators when you join us on the River Restoration Ride.