San Antonio River Authority (SARA), City of Alamo Heights, City of San Antonio and the Jack and Valerie Guenther Foundation are working together to conduct a study of trash pollution in the Olmos Basin. Citizens will have an opportunity to offer their input at a public meeting Thursday, May 15, 2014, in the International Conference Center, on the University of the Incarnate Word campus from 6 p.m. to 8.pm.
“The entire study process starts with public input,” says project manager Karen Bishop. “We know that people living, working and visiting the Olmos Basin can be very helpful in identifying trash hot spots and illegal dumping areas. That type of information will be extremely helpful to our consultants as they begin to survey the entire basin.”
Through a public and private partnership, SARA is pleased to announce $60,280.00 in grant funding will be used in the research addressing the location and sources of the trash pollution. It is not only unsightly, but can be a health and safety hazard.
SARA and other community leaders will use information gathered in the study to determine the feasibility of installing a trash collection system within or along the Olmos Basin and its tributaries. The data will help prioritize the areas in most need of attention and provide recommendations for managing trash entering the basin.