The Westside Creeks ecosystem restoration project aims to restore the riverine ecosystem within portions of San Pedro, Apache, Alazán, and Martinez Creeks which are collectively known as Westside Creeks to a more natural condition. The project is an extension of the preexisting San Antonio Channel Improvement Project which was constructed in the 1950s to address the flooding issues within the San Antonio River and Guadalupe River basins. The project also provides recreation opportunities that are compatible with the ecosystem restoration objectives and vision.
The scope of the project includes restoration for 222 acres and 11 stream miles of aquatic habitat by constructing a pilot channel, establishing riparian woody vegetation and meadows, and approximately 8 miles of multi-use trails and recreational features such as shade structures, benches, water fountains, picnic tables with pads, trash receptacles, and signage.
The project is a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, and the San Antonio River Authority, in collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies, and tribes.
The design funds were included in the FY22 President’s Budget, and the construction phase is included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2022. This approximately $200 million, multi-year project is expected to be completed by 2027.