Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Includes Funding in Appropriations Bill for Mission Reach Project

Includes $15 million in funding for Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration Project

Washington, May 14, 2018 | Olya Voytovich (202-226-1583)

WASHINGTON— Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, included $15 million in funding in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill in federal reimbursement for the San Antonio/Bexar County Mission Reach Project. This funding will support the completion of many important projects throughout San Antonio.

The Mission Reach Project is a United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) project to prevent San Antonio River flooding and restore natural plant and animal habitats. Money to complete the project was loaned to the USACE by Bexar County. USACE has been slowly paying back the funds thanks to the help of Representatives Cuellar, Hurd, Doggett, Smith, Castro, and other members of the San Antonio Congressional Delegation. To date, the project has received $16.2 million in reimbursement and is authorized to receive $30 million more - $15 million from the FY18 Appropriations Bill, and this additional $15 million from FY19.

In May, this essential funding was used to restore San Pedro Creek Culture Park in Bexar County. This transformative project includes key features that provide flood mitigation within its river banks, enhance water quality, and ensure sustainability of the surrounding habitat. Additional projects are set to be completed this upcoming year.

“I would like to thank my fellow Appropriators, Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson and Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur, and the Bexar County Delegation – Reps. Will Hurd, Lloyd Doggett, Lamar Smith, and Joaquin Castro -  for their assistance including this language and for their help in repaying these Bexar County funds,” said Congressman Cuellar.

“I am glad to see additional funding for the Mission Reach project,” said Congressman Cuellar. “Major properties in my district that depend largely on these types of creeks will be provided with the funds they need in order to protect our ecosystems and the environment. I look forward to seeing the completion of the restoration and am confident that these economically and environmentally distressed communities will have access to the health, recreational and economic benefits of local waterways.”

According to the San Antonio River Authority, “The Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project has transformed an eight mile stretch of the San Antonio River into a quality riparian woodland ecosystem. This unique project restores riverine features and riparian woodlands, reintroduces native plants, enhances aquatic habitat, and reconnects cultural and historical features.”

Read additional bill language here.