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This study will examine the concept and the feasibility of establishing a comprehensive physical environmental information, management, and planning system for the San Antonio River basin utilizing an extensive sensor system. A sensor system--for the purpose of this paper--may be defined as a network of automatic devices designed to monitor certain environmental and man-made processes occurring within a specific geographical area. The basic premise underlying this system is that certain kinds of data are essential for planning and subsequently managing extensive natural and man-made environments. In order to develop comprehensive regional plans, formulate environmental policies, and understand the complex and often dynamic interrelationships that characterize natural and artificial environments the planner and the policy-maker requires information of an extremely high quality in the shortest time possible. The system outlined in this paper is one approach designed to achieve this end.