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South Texas Watermaster Program

South Texas Watermaster Program

South Texas Watermaster Program

About the South Texas Watermaster Program, the area under its jurisdiction, and how to contact the office.

 

About the South Texas Watermaster Program

The South Texas Watermaster Program is responsible for an area that encompasses 50 counties in south central Texas. Five field deputies patrol these counties from offices located near their jurisdictional areas. Water-right management is based on “run of the river rights.” That means the deputies oversee a constantly changing, dynamic surface-water system of rivers and tributaries that allow diversions as water is available and as it passes individual diversion points.

The watermaster program informs individuals and groups as needed concerning water rights and other matters related to availability of surface water. The program also responds to complaints and may follow up with enforcement actions if necessary.

Deputies also provide services such as measuring reservoirs to insure compliance with state law requirements. They perform Doppler measurements on diversion water pipes and may set stream-flow markers to help water-right holders comply with guidelines. Databases are kept to document amounts of water authorized and used.

The watermaster program will also update and maintain water-right ownerships and assessments due on each water-right account.

South Texas Watermaster’s Office

South Texas Watermaster
14250 Judson Road
San Antonio, TX 78233-4480
Voice: 1-800-733-2733
Fax: (210) 545-4329
E-mail: watermaster@tceq.texas.gov

Jurisdiction

River BasinCounties
Guadalupe Bandera, Bastrop, Blanco, Caldwell, Calhoun, Comal, DeWitt, Fayette, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Victoria, Wilson
Lavaca Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Jackson, Lavaca, Wharton
Lavaca-Guadalupe Coastal Calhoun, DeWitt, Jackson, Lavaca, Victoria
Nueces Atacosta, Bandera, Bee, Bexar, Dimmit, Duval, Edwards, Frio, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kerr, Kinney, La Salle, Live Oak, Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Nueces, Real, San Patricio, Uvalde, Webb, Wilson, Zavala
Nueces–Rio Grande Coastal Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, Starr, Webb, Willacy
San Antonio Bandera, Bexar, Comal, DeWitt, Goliad, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, Victoria, Wilson
San Antonio–Nueces Coastal Aransas, Bee, Goliad, Karnes, Refugio, San Patricio

South Texas Watermaster Advisory Committee

Created by the 75th Texas Legislature to make recommendations to the Executive Director regarding activities of benefit to the water right holders in the administration and distribution of water including review of the annual budget for the watermaster program.

About STWAC

The STWAC was established in January 1998 in accordance with Section 11.3261 of the Texas Water Code, which requires the WAC to:

  1. provide recommendation to the Executive Director regarding water administration and distribution activities that would benefit water right holders;
  2. review and provide recommendations to the Executive Director on the proposed annual budget of the watermaster operations; and
  3. perform other duties requested by the Executive Director with regard to the watermaster operations, or perform other duties requested water right holders that the committee determines would benefit the administration of water rights.

List of Members

STWAC MembershipAdobe Acrobat PDF Document

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Meeting Agendas

Minutes of Meetings

The minutes of STWAC meetings are approved at the next meeting and then posted here.

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