The mission of the Upper Colorado River Authority, acting within the parameters of its charter, is to enhance the water quality of the streams and tributaries located within the watershed of the Upper Colorado River Authority.
Nonpoint Source (NPS) Programs
The UCRA has successfully participated in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funded NPS/Urban Runoff Abatement Program for 20 years. The first award was recieved in 1994 and managed through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) with a demonstration project built in 1998 at Civic League Park in San Angelo. Since then, the UCRA has completed eight NPS projects in San Angelo and Brady, Texas. While the majority of the projects have been managed through the TCEQ, the Texas State Soil Water Conservation was the program manager for the Concho Watershed Protection Plan Project from 2005-2008.
UCRA was awarded a contract for a chloride study in Robert Lee in 2016 and the contract was executed January 2017. The project QAPP was approved in May 2019 and the project is now underway.
The Brady Creek Watershed Protection Plan was approved in 2016 and a grant application was submitted to TCEQ for an implementation project in the Brady Creek Watershed. UCRA received notification of award in December 2016 and the contract was executed on September 1, 2017. The first Stakeholder meeting was held on Feburary 15, 2018. A design firm was selected in May 2019 and it is anticpated that construction will begin in the fall.
All of the projects have been recognized on the state and national level as examples of highly effective programs demonstrating the benefits of structural and non-structural controls.
2019 EPA Success Story