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Surface Water Rights and Availability

Water Rights and Availability in Texas

Nueces Estuary Advisory Council

Membership and activities of the Nueces Estuary Advisory Council, a group formed to monitor the implementation of an agreed order issued by the Texas Water Commission.

Next Meeting

No meetings scheduled at this time.

The Nueces Estuary Advisory Council (NEAC) was created by an Agreed Order issued by the Texas Water Commission on March 9, 1992. The council assists the commission to monitor the implementation of provisions in the Agreed Order and makes recommendations to the commission on changes, as needed, to those provisions.

About the Advisory Council

The NEAC meets as needed, but at least once every calendar year. The group is charged with assessing the effectiveness of the water management strategies and operating guidelines for reservoir systems that are contained in the Agreed Order, and with recommending changes to the Agreed Order as needed to the Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Members of the NEAC represent state resource management agencies; local governments; water right permit holders; academic institutions; business coalitions; environmental and conservation groups; wholesale water suppliers; commercial and recreational fishing interests; Lake Corpus Christi/Choke Canyon Reservoir interests; and private citizens.

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Meeting Summaries

All meeting summaries are posted as PDF files. (Help with PDF.)

May 1, 2017

Handout

Presentations

 

October 17, 2016

Handout

Presentations

 

September 21, 2015

Handout

 

June 22, 2015

Presentations

 

February 23, 2015

Presentations

 

October 20, 2014

Presentations

 

June 16, 2014

Presentations

 

October 22, 2013

 

April 23, 2013

 

January 30, 2013

 

 Meeting of April 20, 2011

 Meeting of March 25, 2008 (agenda and summary)

 Meeting of June 28, 2007 (agenda and summary)

 Meeting of July 6, 2006

 Meeting of November 20, 2002

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Members of the Council

 

Interest Group

Mrs. Leslie Patterson, Chair

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Mr. Larry Lloyd

Private Citizen

Mr. Ray Allen

Coastal Bend Bays and Estuary Program

Mr. Steve Hoey

Industry Representative

Mr. Jace Tunnell

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Mr. Jason Pinchback

Texas General Land Office

Mr. Paul Carangelo

Port of Corpus Christi

Ms. Teresa Carrillo

Coastal Bend Bays Foundation

Ms. Ginny Cross

Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce

Ms. Rocky A. Freund

Nueces River Authority

Mr. Steve Ramos

City of Corpus Christi

Dr. Carla Guthrie

Texas Water Development Board

Mr. Bill Mahan

Save Lake Corpus Christi

Ms. Kathleen Mahan

Save Lake Corpus Christi

Mr. Mike Pusley

Private Citizen

Mr. Brian Williams

San Patricio Municipal Water District

Mr. Harry Schulz

City of Three Rivers

Ms. Carola G. Serrato

South Texas Water Authority

Ms. Pat Suter

Sierra Club

Dr. James Tolan

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Dr. Mike Wetz

Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Dr. Ben Vaughan, IV

Coastal Conservation Association

Mr. Michael Barrera

City of Mathis

Mr. Brien Nicolau

Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

 

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For More Information

For more information on NEAC, please contact the Water Availability Division at (512) 239-4691, or e-mail wras@tceq.texas.gov.

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Watermasters

Watermasters

In some parts of the state, watermasters allocate water between users and ensure compliance with water rights

Basin Evaluations

The Sunset Commission report to the 82nd Texas Legislature (HB 2694) addressed concerns regarding water rights in Texas. In particular, the Sunset Commission considered the potential role of watermasters in managing water rights in each basin.

Brazos Watermaster

The Brazos Watermaster Program administers water rights in the Brazos River basin downstream of, and including, Possum Kingdom Lake.

Water Rights: Permits

The use of surface water in Texas is regulated through a system of water rights. Learn more about these rights and how to obtain them, and see what applications are under review. Find out about annual reports, locate data about water rights and use, and learn about advisory groups.
Water Rights: Permits

The use of surface water in Texas is regulated through a system of water rights. Learn more about these rights, how to obtain them, and applications under review.

Am I Regulated? Water Rights in Texas

What is state water? How is it regulated in Texas? Who needs a permit to use it? Find out how to apply to use state water or to change the ownership or authorizations of an existing water right.

Marine Seawater Desalination: House Bills 2031 and 4097

The TCEQ will be implementing rule changes for regulating seawater desalination as required by House Bills 2031 and 4097, 84th Texas Legislative Session. The rules will include an expedited permit process for diverting marine seawater, and discharging treated marine seawater and waste resulting from the desalination process.

Water Rights: Technical Resources

Use these pages to help determine if water is available for you to use. Find information for stakeholders of water rights committees. Water availability modeling, planning for drought and conservation, assessing environmental flows and programs for instream uses.
Water Rights: Technical Resources

Use these pages to help determine if water is available for you to use. Find information for stakeholders of water rights committees. Water availability modeling, planning for drought and conservation, assessing environmental flows and programs for instream uses.

Instream Uses Program

Reviewing water rights applications for possible environmental impacts, resources for applicants, and links to rules.

Water Availability Models

Information about the Water Availability Model (WAM) and the Water Rights Analysis Package (WRAP). Explanation of various river basin input and GIS files. WRAP input files for running the water availability models and GIS river basin files.

Surface Water Rights and Availability

Water rights in Texas, water conservation plans, drought contingency plans, environmental flows, and ensuring compliance.

House Bills 1648 and 3735 and Senate Bills 864 and 1430- Water Rights: Expedited Amendments, Notice & Conservation

The TCEQ will be conducting rulemaking to implement House Bills 1648 and 3735 and Senate Bills 864 and 1430, 85th Regular Legislative Session. The rules will include expedited amendments, notice and conservation.

The TCEQ held a stakeholder meeting on rulemaking on September 11, 2017. Check back on this page for further updates.

Meeting Announcement Adobe Acrobat PDF Document

Meeting Agenda Adobe Acrobat PDF Document

Request for Stakeholder comments Regarding Rulemaking to Implement HB 1648 and 3735 SB 1430 and 864 (Water Rights) Adobe Acrobat PDF Document

Questions about the rulemaking? Contact Ross Henderson at 512-239-3169.