Mike Casey and Peter Grojean paddle a canoe North on the San Antonio River. Photo by Scott Ball.

San Antonio River South Channel Gets a Reboot

The San Antonio River’s South Channel is finally getting some much-needed attention. In the past three months, the 1.5-mile stretch of the river that winds through the historic King William neighborhood from West Nueva Street to South Alamo, has seen the removal of invasive species, the first planting of three pollinator gardens, and a long overdue clean-up of rotting detritus that had occupied the river for almost a year.

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Copper Mine May Reopen at Monarch Butterfly Roosting Sites

While San Antonio embraces Monarch butterfly mania and its status as the National Wildlife Federation’s first and only Monarch Champion city in the country, our neighbors to the south are considering allowing Mexico’s largest mining company with the country’s worst environmental record to reopen an old copper mine in the heart of the migrating insects’ ancestral roosting sites.

Bexar County Commissioners Court issues a proclamation in support of Mayor's Monarch Pledge to increase pollinator habitat. From left: Grace Barnett, Julian Chavez, Terri Matiella, County Judge Nelson Wolff, County Commissioner Kevin Wolff, County Commissioner Tommy Calvertt, Jr., Monika Maeckle Photo by Scott Ball.

Bexar County Embraces Mayor’s Monarch Butterfly Pledge

Bexar County Commissioners’ Court reinforced San Antonio’s status as the only Monarch Butterfly Champion City in the country Tuesday by issuing a proclamation pledging to work alongside the city and its partners on the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Mayor’s Monarch Pledge to increase pollinator habitat.