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.
North Concho River Improvements & Bank Stabilization Program
In 2008, the UCRA partnered with the City of San Angelo (COSA), to oversee the North Concho River Improvement Project. The dredging construction phase began in 2009. Disposal pits were constructed and pipelines laid from the dredge area to the disposal site. The hydraulic dredging phase was conducted at the confluence of Sulphur Draw and concluded upstream at 14th street. The dredging phase was completed in 2010. Disposal pits have since been dewatered, reclaimed to natural ground and reseeded with native grasses. A total of 1.43 million cubic feet of silt was removed adding an increase of over 10 million gallons of storage capacity to the river. Total budget for the dredging phase was $1,500,000.
Phase II began in October 2011 and included stabilization of the banks along public lands from Oakes Street upstream to the vicinity of Sulphur Draw. Additional trails and improvements, new lighting, an outdoor exercise area, public art, new irrigation systems, shaded seating areas, water features and significant bank stabilization throughout the area were also completed.
Most of the project was finished in Spring 2013. All improvements are part of a bigger plan to create a downtown river corridor full of recreational opportunities that will provide a unique place for residents and visitors, with an emphasis on water quality where applicable. The overall project was funded by the half cent sales tax with a total budget of $13.5 million including nearly $2 million in other grant funds. Additional funding sources are from the San Angelo Health Foundation, Texas Parks & Wildlife, National Endowment for the Arts, HUD Stimulus and an EPA 319(h) NPS grant managed by the TCEQ.
"Riverfest" was held in conjunction with the annual EcoFair on October 18 & 19, 2013 to celebrate the completion of the project. A dedication ceremony was held in the morning with tours conducted for local city officials and citizens. Throughout the weekend activities took place along the river, in and out of the water. The highly publicized event was well attended and a second Riverfest for the following year was scheduled and proved equally successful. A final project report was completed and submitted to TCEQ. The report received agency approval in September 2014. The report includes project highlights and data submittals that support the benefits of bank stabilization.
FINAL PROJECT REPORT