San Antonio River Walk drained for maintenance

San Antonio River Draining
San Antonio River Draining (WOAI Photo/Darlene Dorsey)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Most of the San Antonio River has been drained along the River Walk restaurant and entertainment district for maintenance and sediment removal.

City of San Antonio spokeswoman April Luna says much of the water was drained Monday. Luna says sediment will be removed to improve water quality.

Crews concentrated on the main channel and the river loop.

The joint project involves the city and the San Antonio River Authority, which plans to do maintenance on a lock and dam near Brooklyn Avenue.

Luna says a large drainage project, in 2010 and 2011, removed about 8.7 tons of sediment. The city skipped draining the San Antonio River in 2012 and 2013, then resumed in 2014 but not last year.

The timetable for this year’s draining is through Saturday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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