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The Texas Clean Rivers Program

A partnership between the TCEQ and regional water authorities to coordinate and conduct water quality monitoring, assessment, and stakeholder participation to improve the quality of surface water within each river basin in Texas.
CRP Logo and Water Picture

Mission Statement

Working together for clean water and science-based decisions.

The Long Term Plan outlines the program's objectives and strategies.


  • Provide quality-assured data to the TCEQ for use in decision-making
  • Identify and evaluate water quality issues
  • Promote cooperative watershed planning
  • Recommend management strategies
  • Inform and engage stakeholders
  • Maintain efficient use of public funds

Program Overview

Established in 1991, the Texas Clean Rivers Program (CRP) is a state fee-funded, non-regulatory program that was created to provide a framework and forum for managing water quality issues in a more holistic manner. The focus of the program is to work at the watershed level, within each river basin, by coordinating the efforts of diverse organizations.

The TCEQ and its regional water quality partners work together to implement the program as laid out in Texas Water Code, Section 26.0135 and in the Clean Rivers Program Rule, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 220.


How to Get Involved

Partner Agencies

Water Quality Assessment Reports

Overview and History



Quality Assurance & Monitoring Procedures

Data and Monitoring Sites

CRP Data Tool


Administrative Forms and Information

Presentations and Meeting Materials

Video About the CRP

Watch a 12-minute video:

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The majority of the fee funds allocated to the program (approximately $4.5 million annually) are used to conduct the monitoring, quality assurance, and data management functions of the program.

Graph of Funds by Percent