In October, 1998 and July, 2002, record rainfall deluged the San Antonio area, flooding the city and causing damages in excess of $1 billion. Following these two flood events, government leaders united in an effort to provide improved flood control, storm water management and water quality. The Bexar County Commissioners Court, the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) entered an agreement forming a virtual flood control district designated as the Bexar Regional Watershed Management (BRWM) partnership. Since the initial formation of the partnership, 20 suburban cities have joined to expand the collaboration and help address flood issues throughout Bexar County.
- Improve the quality of life for citizens by protecting life and property and providing for safe transportation during heavy rain and flood events by effectively allocating manpower and resources
- Raise awareness of flood control and water quality projects and programs
- Provide information and education about flooding, water quality issues and flood insurance
- Utilize updated technology to improve flood analysis and warning
- Address water quality issues collaboratively, rather than individually
By coordinating planning and capital improvement programs, BRWM has collaborated to manage and reduce flood risks throughout Bexar County. The partnership has dramatically reduced wasteful duplicated efforts , and empowered the effective and efficient allocation of manpower and resources among its member agencies. Updated, integrated technology has aided in the analysis of flood and storm water data to enhance flood warning, water quality and land use planning. The creation of BRWM also bolsters the region’s capacity to comply with state and federal requirements and to seek state and federal funding to address local flood risks. Through its partners and various committees, BRWM provides the public with information and education opportunities to raise awareness about flood risks, illegal dumping, and water quality projects and programs.