San Pedro Creek Culture Park is situated in a highly urbanized area of downtown San Antonio and when it rains the stormwater that flows over parking lots, roof tops and other impervious surfaces accumulates pollutants before discharging into San Pedro Creek. When this occurs, E.Coli bacteria levels within the creek may become elevated and exceed the standards set by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. This is why responsible water contact – shallow wading only – in the Plaza de Fundación is allowed.
When rainfall in the watershed that flows into the San Pedro Creek is equal to or greater that a quarter of an inch, the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) will suspend water flow into the Plaza de Fundación and initiate a daily water quality testing protocol recording the E.Coli levels until the levels no longer exceed the State Standards. Once the levels are within the standard, the water flow to the plaza will resume.
The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) conducts weekly water quality tests of the Plaza de Fundación and publically posts the results on its website. The San Pedro Creek Culture Park was also built to incorporate features designed to help mitigate water quality concerns from stormwater runoff. Continue reading below to learn more about the bioswales and stormwater interceptors that are helping to protect the San Pedro Creek Culture Park.