San Antonio Airport

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Environmental Stewardship


The Environmental Stewardship Division is responsible for ensuring compliance with federal, state and local environmental laws through education, training, inspection, analysis, design, implementation and enforcement.

Noise Management

Thank you for your interest in the Noise Management Program for San Antonio Airport System. In addition to providing you a positive customer experience, we are pledged to provide timely and efficient noise information as well as answer your aviation related noise questions.

Key Aspects of our Noise Program

Handling of Complaints

Many people often ask whether or not filing noise complaints will change how the airport operates. Filing a complaint will not bring about an individual’s desired change, rather it provides a means for SAT to report and disseminate information to the public, local representatives, and airport noise community groups.

On a daily basis, operational considerations, such as wind and weather patterns, the number of operations, time of day, construction, and other conditions, all play a part in how the airport operates at any given time. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) makes decisions based solely on their standard air traffic control procedures. However every complaint is logged, analyzed and reported monthly.

The Reference Link Sites below that can provide you with additional data relative to aviation noise.

Soil Management

The San Antonio Airport System has developed a Soil Management Plan that establishes practices for managing soil generated or handled by airport projects. This plan assures that excavated or imported soil is clean and managed in compliance with federal, state, and local rules and regulations.

SMP Authorization Form (PDF)

SMP Frank Miller Signature – 04/19/2015 (PDF)

Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasures

The City of San Antonio-Aviation Department is committed to preventing discharges of contaminates to navigable waters and the environment, and to maintain the highest standards for spill prevention control and countermeasures through the implantation and regular review and amendment to the Plan.

SPCC Plans

Spill Response

The Fuel Spill Response Plan is designed to be a guidance document for individuals or teams responding to the release of fuel at the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) or Stinson Municipal Airport (SSF).  Questions concerning the Fuel Spill Response Plan can be directed to the Environmental Stewardship Division at 210.207.3518 or 210.207.3862.

2002 Fuel Response Plan (PDF)

Storm Water

Process Water

The San Antonio Airport System does not allow for the discharge of unpermitted process water discharges to our storm drains. Process waste water can included water resulting from car or equipment washing activities, terminal cleaning and custodial activities and firefighter training activities.

Storm Water

The San Antonio Airport System currently has an industrial storm water permit from TCEQ. This requires that the airport develop and implement a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3). This plan details required storm water discharge monitoring parameters as well as inspection requirements. The San Antonio Airport System allows tenants to utilize our Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan or create their own plan. Tenants are required to notify San Antonio Airport System of their intentions because coverage under our plan is not guaranteed.

Helpful Links

Sustainability Plan

Sustainability planning is one of the means by which we can insure a “Greener Airport” and a more sustainable community. Implementation of such a plan will help in managing our communities’ direction and ensuring that we can provide a livable community with an environment conducive to present and future residents and citizens.

The San Antonio Airport System adopted an official Sustainability Plan on Dec. 20, 2011.

Sustainability Plan (PDF)

Environmental Stewardship Manager

Steven K. Southers, C.M., J.D., B.S. Biology

Environmental Services Coordinator

Chris Yzaguirre, M.S.

Noise Abatement & Environmental Protection Officer

Joshua Heiss, B.S., CESM