In 1998 and 2002, the San Antonio area was deluged by record amounts of rain in short periods, resulting in flooding that caused in excess of $1 billion in damage. Following these two events, government leaders united in an effort to provide improved flood control, stormwater management and water quality. The Bexar County Commissioners Court, San Antonio City Council and the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) Board of Directors created an interlocal agreement to form the Bexar Regional Watershed Management (BRWM) partnership. Recognizing that water knows no boundaries, BRWM also includes 20 suburban cities within Bexar County, drawing upon their technical expertise, leadership and resources to manage flood control and water quality.
Through coordination in planning and capital improvement programs, BRWM can work to prevent the impact that heavy rain and flooding has on Bexar County. This can be accomplished by reducing duplication of efforts among government agencies and allocating manpower and resources more effectively and efficiently. Updated, integrated technology will aid in the analysis of flood and storm water data to enhance flood warning, water quality and land use planning. In addition, the creation of BRWM makes it easier to comply with state and federal requirements and to seek state and federal funding. BRWM can also provide the public with information and educational opportunities to heighten awareness of flood control and water quality projects and programs.