HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Straus Medina Stream Mitigation Bank (SMSMB) is located in Bexar County, outside of San Antonio, Texas. SMSMB is designed to be a valuable tool to offset environmental impacts near the fast-growing metropolitan area. Bexar County, the City of San Antonio, multiple transportation entities, private development, and other flood control projects will benefit from this bank. With the MBI’s signing, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released 2,985 TxRAM stream credits.
The SMSMB plan will result in restoration and enhancement of approximately 36,950 linear feet of perennial, intermittent, and ephemeral streams. The bank will have a positive environmental effect on more than 25 square miles of the San Antonio River watershed. Advantages of the bank include improved water quality, floodplain relief, enhanced fish and wildlife habitat, and reduced silt and sediment loads. SMSMB will benefit San Antonio residents with these environmental improvements.
Situated in eastern Bexar County, SMSMB serves: Bexar, Comal, Kendall, Guadalupe, and other surrounding counties. The service area’s watershed covers Cibolo, Medina, and the Upper San Antonio. With a signed MBI and credits released, the USACE approves the bank and we are now authorized to provide a solution to help keep projects moving forward.
MSUSA, the exclusive broker for stream credits from Straus Medina, has released a video detailing the mitigation process.
Why Purchase Stream Credits?
MSUSA Vice President Troy Madrigal explains, “MSUSA is proud to help provide a sustainable solution that keeps the Texas economy robust while protecting and restoring the state’s natural habitats. With mitigation banks, companies can purchase credits, fulfill their requirements, focus on their core business and move on to the next project.”
MSUSA was founded in 2007 and has since been instrumental in creating environmental mitigation and conservation in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Alaska. Along with its affiliates, MSUSA has invested over 60 million dollars in developing wetland, stream, and endangered species conservation mitigation projects. MSUSA has 19 mitigation banks in various stages of completion, 16 permittee-responsible mitigation sites, and 1 conservation bank.