Clean Rivers Program

In 1991, the Texas Legislature passed the Texas Clean Rivers Act [Senate Bill 818]. The Act was intended to move Texas towards comprehensive water resources planning and management to ensure the integrity of the state’s water supply over the long term. The Clean Rivers Act requires an ongoing assessment of water quality issues and management strategies statewide. The Act established the Texas Clean Rivers Program under the Texas Water Commission (now the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or TCEQ). The program is funded by fees assessed on wastewater discharge permittees and water rights holders as well as through TCEQ’s own state appropriations.

For more information on the Clean Rivers Program please visit the TCEQ CRP website. This website has information about the statewide program and links to Clean Rivers Program partner websites.

How can I help improve water quality?

  • Report illegal dumping, fish kills and spills to the local law enforcement office and the SARA Environmental Investigations Specialist at (210) 227-2373 or, toll free, at (866) 345-7272.
  • Volunteer for river clean-up activities such as Basura Bash
  • Be informed of current water quality conditions by visiting the SARA website (
  • Become a volunteer water quality monitor; please visit the Texas Stream Team website for more information on how to become a volunteer monitor.
  • Become involved with stakeholder committees and attend public meetings for projects that are taking place in your area.

San Antonio River Basin Environmental Advisory Committee

The Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) was established to serve as a comprehensive public participation group that reviews and provides input on environmental studies and programs at SARA. In addition to developing an educated constituent base, the committee will advise SARA's departments about environmental issues within the basin. The EAC also acts as SARA's Clean Rivers Program (CRP) Steering Committee, providing guidance and feedback on SARA's annual monitoring schedule. The advisory committee can have a maximum of 25 members, including co-chairs, but the number of members may vary from time to time. Currently, there are 16 members comprising the committee, each representing a distinct stakeholder group. The stakeholder groups presently represented on the EAC are: academia, agriculture and irrigation interests, counties, municipalities, environmental, the public, parks and recreation, water utilities/water purveyors/fee payers, and water right holders. Please refer the following webpage for more information about the committee. If you would like to contact a member of the EAC or would like more information about the committee you can contact Darlene Dorsey at (210) 302-3623 or by email.


The objective for the Cooperative Monitoring Schedule is to provide a process by which Planning Agencies will coordinate their monitoring activities with the TCEQ and other qualified monitoring organizations within the basin. The coordinated monitoring schedules are developed each spring in order to implement the new schedules for the coming fiscal year.

Further information may be found at the Lower Colorado River Authority's website.

Maps and Details

Clean Rivers Program Coordinated Monitoring Maps

pdfCRP Routine Monitoring Map     2014 Parameters
pdfCRP Routine Monitoring Map     2013 Parameters
pdfCRP Routine Monitoring Map     2012 Parameters
pdfCRP Routine Monitoring Map     2011 Parameters
pdfCRP Routine Monitoring Map PDFSystematic Monitoring Map PDFOther Monitoring Map 2010 Parameters

Steering Committee Meeting—August 22, 2013

Steering Committee Meeting—August 23, 2012

Steering Committee Meeting—August 30, 2011

Steering Committee Meeting—August 30, 2010