Urban Land & Water

Urban Land & Water is a program that aims to reconnect urban communities with their natural environment including land and waterways.  The program seeks to facilitate more efficient and effective use of our natural resources while promoting locally-led community revitalization efforts that focus on economic, social and environmental benefits.  The program is true to Green Spaces Alliance’s Mission with a goal to sustain the natural environment and enhance urban spaces.

There are many interconnected elements of this program.  Those elements include Urban Land Resources (i.e. urban land conservation, redevelopment of vacant lots, native and sustainable landscapes and urban agriculture) and Water Resources (i.e. water conservation, low impact development and green infrastructure, mitigation banking and the Urban Waters Federal Partnership).

The program can be broken in down into the following parts:

  • Urban Land Resources
  • Urban Land Conservation & Redevelopment
  • Native Landscapes
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Water Conservation
  • Low Impact Development & Green Infrastructure
  • Mitigation Banking
  • Urban Waters Federal Partnership

 

URBAN LAND & WATER INITIATIVES:

Conservation & Redevelopment

Like many parts of the US, San Antonio is urbanizing rapidly. The scattered pattern of low-density development consumes an excessive amount of land, fragments the landscape, displaces many native...
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Native Landscapes

Natural beauty and improved wildlife habitat are some of the many wonderful benefits associated with native plants. Native landscapes are a necessary and vital component to the Upper San Antonio...
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Urban Agriculture

Simply put urban agriculture is growing or producing food in a city or heavily populated town or municipality, such as San Antonio.  We extend this definition to include community gardens but...
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Water Resources

In 2012, Voters approved the funding of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) has injected two-billion dollars of seed money to fund management strategies and capital projects. Of...
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Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure

The term low impact development (LID) refers to systems and practices that use or mimic natural processes that result in the infiltration, evapotranspiration or use of stormwater in order to protect...
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Mitigation Banking

Green Spaces Alliance is continuing to sustain the natural environment and enhance urban spaces through a variety of professional services including ecological restoration.  With projected growth of...
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Urban Waters Federal Partnership

Green Spaces Alliance is an official community stakeholder and partner of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership administered through the US Environmental Protection Agency.  The Urban Waters Federal...
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Urban Land & Water – Related Issues

Green Spaces Alliance is an official community stakeholder and partner of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership administered through the US Environmental Protection Agency.  The Urban Waters Federal...
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An Urban Land & Water Video

A short video on GSA’s Urban Land & Water Programs

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For more information, contact Chris Babis, Urban Land & Water Program Manager:  (210) 222-8430 ext. 303.