The Upper Colorado River Authority (UCRA) was created in 1935 to protect the watershed of
Tom Green, Coke and other contiguous counties. UCRA's boundaries include Coke, Concho,
Crockett, Glasscock, Irion, Menard, Mitchell, Nolan, Reagan, Runnels, Schleicher, Sterling, Taylor
and Tom Green counties. There are nine directors appointed by the Governor of Texas to
represent the counties served by the UCRA. Directors meet on the last Tuesday of each month
at 2 p.m. unless otherwise specified. All meetings are open to the public.
Prior to the 1990's, UCRA served primarily as a lending institution for local municipalities
seeking to make infrastructure improvements. While this continues to be a function of the
Authority, UCRA has taken the lead role in the community through involvement and
participation in the Clean Rivers Program, EPA non-point source programming, special brush
control projects, bank stabilization efforts, storm water management, rural water supply and
education and outreach programming. Due to the success of these endeavors, the UCRA has
moved to the forefront as a leader in water quality enhancement and preservation projects.
The UCRA is in a building located in historic Old Town, adjacent to the north Concho River in San
Angelo. The building, which is over 100 years old, was designed by local renowned architect,