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Evaluating Basins for Possible Watermaster Programs

The TCEQ assesses the potential role of watermasters in managing water rights in each basin with no existing watermaster program.

For each basin that does not have a watermaster program, the TCEQ:

  • evaluates each river basin or coastal basin
  • assesses whether or not there is a need to appoint a watermaster in that basin
  • reports our findings to the Legislature
  • at least once every five years, repeats this assessment

[82nd Texas Legislature (HB 2694), Sunset Commission Report]

What criteria will be considered?

  • Has there been a court order to create a watermaster?
  • Have we received a petition requesting a watermaster?
  • Have senior water rights been threatened in that basin, based on any factors such as:
    • senior calls made,
    • water shortages, or
    • water-right complaints received?


Which Basins are Being Evaluated Now?

In 2017, we are evaluating the Upper Brazos River, San Jacinto-Brazos Coastal, Brazos-Colorado Coastal, Colorado River, and the Colorado-Lavaca Coastal basins. Initial stakeholder letters were mailed on March 3, 2017. We are accepting initial comments at this time.

Stakeholder Meetings

There will be nine meetings held across the state, during which TCEQ will provide additional information about the evaluation process and take public comments.

6:00 p.m. - May 30, 2017
West Central Texas Council of Governments
Large Conference Room
3702 Loop 322
Abilene, Texas 79602
6:00 p.m. - May 31, 2017
Mallet Event Center
2320 South US Hwy 385
Levelland, Texas 79336
6:00 p.m. - June 1, 2017
Dora Roberts Community Center
100 Whipkey Drive
Big Spring, Texas 79720
6:00 p.m. - June 6, 2017
Concho Valley Council of Governments
Meeting Room
2801 W. Loop 306, Suite A
San Angelo, Texas 76904
6:00 p.m. - June 7, 2017
San Saba High School Cafeteria
104 South 8th Street
San Saba, Texas 76877
6:00 p.m. - June 8, 2017
City of Waco Operations Center
Training Room
1415 North 4th Street
Waco, Texas 76707
6:00 p.m. - June 13, 2017
Boling Community Center
Main Auditorium
6839 County Rd 162
Boling, Texas 77420
6:00 p.m. - June 14, 2017
Brazos Crossing Administrative Building
Lamar CISD Board Room
3911 Avenue I
Rosenberg, Texas 77471
6:00 p.m. - June 15, 2017
Hill Country University Center
HEB Community Events Room
2818 East US Hwy 290
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

Tentative Evaluation Schedule

    • February and March 2017 - Review data and send fact sheet and letters requesting input from eater right holders within the basins.
    • March and April 2017 - Incorporate stakeholder comments into evaluation.
    • May and June 2017 – Hold stakeholder meetings and invite additional input.
    • August through September 2017 – Present findings and recommendations to the TCEQ Commissioners.
    • January 2018 – Submit report to the Legislature.


Past Evaluations

In 2016, we completed the first five-year evaluation cycle.

2016: Cypress Creek and Sulphur River Basins

2015: Canadian and Red River Basins

2014: Sabine River, Neches River, and Neches-Trinity Coastal Basins


2013: Trinity River, the Trinity-San Jacinto Coastal, the San Jacinto River, and the San Jacinto-Brazos Coastal Basins

2012: Brazos River, Brazos-Colorado Coastal, Colorado River, and the Colorado-Lavaca Coastal Basins


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Contact us!

If you have any questions on this process or would like to submit comments on the current evaluations, please contact our watermaster program liaisons.

By Phone

      • Brooke McGregor at 512-239-2025
      • Stephen Kinal at 512-239-4010

By Letter

Watermaster Section Manager
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
PO Box 13087
Austin TX 78711-3087

By E-mail - Include comments in the body of the e-mail or in an attachment.