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River authority earmarks $1.2 million for Goliad County work

June 18, 2010 at 1:18 a.m.

The San Antonio River Authority approved spending more than $1 million for projects in and with ties to Goliad County.

Projects include promotion of a paddling trail, work on a new park, river water testing and community education.

The river authority announced this week the approval of its yearly budget, which is $128.4 million, for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1.

Steven Schauer, a San Antonio River Authority spokesman, said he couldn't cite specific dollar amounts for Goliad projects because some work spans multiple counties.

Some of that work, which will be done in Goliad County, includes:

Development of a park - to be situated on donated land - near the downtown Goliad Square.

Promotion of the Goliad Paddling Trail, which begins north at U.S. Highway 59 and ends 6.6 miles downstream.

Monitoring the river's water quality.

Educating the public about hazardous waste disposal.

The river authority's overall budget, which funds work in Bexar, Wilson, Karnes and Goliad counties, breaks down this way:

Flood control: $95.8 million.

Utilities: $24.4 million.

Water Resources: $4.3 million.

Water Quality: $2.8 million.

Park Services: $1.1 million.

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