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Mission Reach Expected to Receive Federal Reimbursement

July 11, 2017
Press Release
$10M for FY18 Secured in Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Will Hurd is pleased to announce that the House Energy and Water Appropriations bill includes $10 million in federal reimbursement for the Mission Reach Project in Bexar Country through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fiscal Year 2018 Work Plan. The project is one of only two across the nation receiving federal reimbursement in this appropriations bill, demonstrating the arduous work put forth by Congressman Hurd to secure the funds.

“The Mission Reach project has already produced tremendous cultural and economic gains, not just for the Southside – but for all of San Antonio – by connecting all five UNESCO-recognized Spanish Missions with hike and bike trails, and attracting millions in private-sector development.  I am proud to have worked with local leaders to secure reimbursement year after year that I have been in Congress, after they fought for so long without receiving a dime of what they were promised. It’s important to me that the communities across TX-23 know that I will fight on their behalf and continue to deliver,” said Hurd, whose district includes Mission Espada, part of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park.

“This is great news,” said Suzanne Scott, San Antonio River Authority’s General Manager. “I appreciate Congressman Hurd’s leadership and diligence in working with Chairman Simpson to include the Mission Reach reimbursement in the FY 18 House Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. I also wish to thank Congressman Cuellar for his work on the Appropriations Committee and the entire San Antonio delegation who have supported the reimbursement. This is a tremendous first step toward having the funding included in the Corps FY’18 Work Plan and we look forward to working closely with the delegation to make that happen.”

The Mission Reach habitat conservation and development project has generated economic, environmental and community activity in an area that had previously been underutilized. The Energy and Water Appropriations bill is expected to be approved in the House Appropriations Committee this week.