Rep. Hurd Welcomes Chairman Simpson to San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Today, the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) hosted U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) and House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Michael K. Simpson (ID-02) at San Antonio’s Mission Reach Restoration Project on the fifth anniversary of construction completion. Chairman Simpson was recognized for his instrumental role in helping Rep. Hurd and the San Antonio delegation to secure federal reimbursement for the Bexar County Mission Reach Project with interactive educational signage.
“Over the last few years, we’ve watched Mission Reach produce 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,” said Hurd, whose district includes Mission Espada, part of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. “Chairman Simpson has allowed San Antonio to secure reimbursement year after year for Mission Reach, and I am glad to show him firsthand today the San Antonio River Authority’s transformative ecological, cultural and economic improvements for our city.”
“Congressman Will Hurd has long been an advocate for the San Antonio River Authority and for projects in Texas,” said Chairman Simpson. “I’m pleased to be here at Will’s request to see first-hand the San Antonio Mission Reach Improvement Project. Congressman Hurd’s leadership is evident in the success of this urban ecosystem restoration project and San Antonio is lucky to have such great representation.”
Due to Rep. Hurd’s continued advocacy with Chairman Simpson, $25 million from a FY 2019 appropriations package is expected to be designated for Mission Reach reimbursement in San Antonio, 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, and reimbursement allows the County to complete additional projects that benefit the community, such as San Pedro Creek Culture Park. To date, Mission Reach has been allocated a total of $30.8 million in reimbursement. Once the additional FY 19 funding is designated by the USACE, the project will have received a total of over $55 million in reimbursement, leaving only $5.5 million outsanding.