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.
Non Point 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 six NPS projects in San Angelo and Brady, Texas. While the majority of the projects were managed through the TCEQ, the Texas State Soil Water Conservation was the program manager for the Concho Watershed Protection Plan Project from 2005-2008.
An application for a chloride study in Robert Lee was submitted by UCRA to the TCEQ in 2015 and UCRA was notified of contract award in 2016. The contract was executed January 2017. UCRA is currently working on a project QAPP.
The Brady 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. UCRA is currently working on the QAPP and planning a Stakeholder meeting.
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. UCRA believes that each program continues to go a long way in furthering NPS/UR abatement.
EPA Success Stories