San Antonio River Wins International Award

San Antonio River Wins International Award
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Charles Barkley might have referred to it as a "dirty creek" a few years ago, but those whose opinion actually matters think highly of the San Antonio River. So high that an organization in Australia granted it a prestigious award.

International RiverFoundation named San Antonio River as this year's 2017 Thiess International Riverprize Award recipient during a conference in Brisbane on Tuesday. The river beat out Pasig River in the Philippines, Tweed River in the United Kingdom and the Nushagak and Kvichak Rivers in Alaska.

Steve Graham, assistant general manager for San Antonio River Authority, told that the prize is like the Nobel Prize for rivers.

While San Antonians love the river for the culture surrounding it, International RiverFoundation selected it for SARA's flood control, recreation and environmental projects that led to Mission Reach. The eight-mile stretch along the river allows residents to enjoy natural elements while staying active.

The river was a finalist in 2014, but was beat out. Previous winners include Niagara River (yes, that leads to Niagara Falls) and Danube River, the second-longest in Europe.

So take that, Chuck.


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