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GEAA Awarded Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant!

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We just got busier, in a good way, with the announcement that GEAA was awarded $52,650 grant from the Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities initiative.  In 2012, Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation launched this initiative, designed to support projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment.  This five-year initiative is supported through a $15 million contribution from Wells Fargo that will be used to leverage other public and private investments with an expected total impact of over $37.5 million.  With funding from this grant and other sources, GEAA, the San Antonio River Authority ($15,000), Edwards Aquifer Authority ($15,000), City of San Antonio, and the University of Texas at San Antonio Departments of Architecture and Civil Engineering will begin collaborating on our Community Rain Garden project to engage neighborhoods and businesses over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone in protecting the Aquifer.  The projects will encourage the use of Low Impact Development (LID) techniques to mitigate flooding and storm water pollution, and preserve our ground water resources. Work will commence this fall on a series of ten Community Rain Gardens specially designed to purify storm water and enhance recharge into the Edwards Aquifer. The first of these Rain Gardens will be on the northwest Campus of UTSA.  UTSA students and professors will work with experts from SARA and EAA to design LID enhancements for the campus, and will set forth criteria for selecting the other nine sites and for successfully employing Low Impact Development on the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone. If you would like to learn more about using LID in the Edwards Region, check out GEAA’s Watershed Stewardship for the Edwards Aquifer Region. Under Your Feet, also funded by the Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities award, is an on-line and social media campaign designed to teach San Antonians who live on the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone how to take care of the aquifer that is literally under their feet.  The Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities requires us to secure an additional $200,000 in matching funds.  Ideas and contributions are greatly appreciated.  And, look for us on the news on August 3rd, when we will formally announce the grant award.


Reliant Energy supports GEAA through Carbon Off-set Program

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GEAA is pleased to announce the third year of The Reliant EcoShareSM, a way that Texans can support GEAA and offset their own carbon production at the same time.

Reliant and EarthShare of Texas have launched a program that allows Reliant customers to help reduce their carbon footprints through the purchase of carbon offsets. And for each customer-purchased offset, Reliant will make a contribution to EarthShare of Texas and its participating organizations. As an EarthShare of Texas participating organization, GEAA will benefit from this program.

For more information, follow this link to the EarthShare of Texas website or go directly to


Citizens Rally to Protect the Aquifer and Bracken Bat Preserve

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The Bat Cave Is SafeYou folks certainly know how to get someone’s attention!

On May 29th over 200 citizens showed up to give San Antonio’s Mayor Castro and City Council an earful about why we oppose a high density development on the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone next door to the Bracken Bat Preserve.

GEAA was joined by Bat Conservation International, Alamo Group of the Sierra Club, Bexar Audubon Society, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, Bexar Green Party, Green Spaces Alliance, Texas Audubon and many, many concerned nature lovers and water wonks who presented very compelling arguments urging City Council to take action to protect our water and millions of Mexican Freetailed Bats. Check out GEAA’s presentation here.

We got great news coverage of the event. Check it out to see if you are on the news:
San Antonio Express News
San Antonio Current
Texas Public Radio
The Source Texas Week with Rick Casey

Also check out a related YNN News story about aquifer recharge in Natural Bridge Caverns, right up the road from Bracken.

Since Mayor Castro and City Council did not commit to any action, we still need to keep up the pressure. You can contact the Mayor’s office at 210-207-7060 / and City Council at 210-207-7040 to let them know that you oppose the Crescent Hills Development. For more information click here.

Thank you to all who came down and to all of you who called. We are not there yet but, we can make this happen!

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