Texas’ rivers and reservoirs are treasures. Whether you enjoy swimming in the cool waters of the Frio, kayaking the Guadalupe, or fly fishing in the Nueces, our rivers are unique, rich with wildlife, and critical for supplying water to our communities.
Texas Clean Rivers Program 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 CRP works to protect Texas surface waters and related natural resources and is administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in partnership with regional water authorities. The goal is to help ensure clean, safe water for the future of Texas.
Monitoring activities occur at approximately 1,800 locations throughout Texas — streams, creeks, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries. To help keep Texas waters clean, trained professionals monitor water and environmental conditions. This monitoring provides information about things like the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water for the fish and the concentration of nutrients influencing aquatic plants. Monitoring staff collect data statewide in both urban and rural settings and these efforts result in up to 235,000 water quality measurements each year. The resulting data helps create a comprehensive picture of the condition of water bodies in all 23 basins that make up the major river systems of Texas.
By coordinating efforts, resources are used more efficiently. Streamlining monitoring activities eliminates duplication and significantly increases the amount of data available to the agency for decision making. This compliments the data collection efforts of the TCEQ regional offices who also participate in the unified efforts.
Celebrate the value, importance, and great beauty of Texas waters to benefit present and future generations. Contribute your input on water quality issues in your watershed. Contact the appropriate CRP Partner Agency for your river basin.
Keep Our Water Clean
Fish Art Contest
The State-Fish Art Contest is part of a conservation education program designed to spark the imaginations of students while providing valuable lessons about fish and the importance of conserving Texas' aquatic resources. This is a nationwide art contest sponsored by Wildlife Forever, a national conservation organization.
The Texas State-Fish Art Contest, hosted by the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, reminds Texas teachers and students that the deadline for this year’s entries is March 31, 2014. Download the contest rules, regulations, and entry form.
Pledge to Take Care of Texas
Check out the new feature on the Take Care of Texas website. Pledge to Take Care of Texas and download your own personalized Certificate of Texas Pride. We’ll also send you a free Texas State Park Guide!
Keep Texas Beaches Clean
Show your dedication by volunteering to remove trash from Texas beaches. Sign up today for upcoming winter and spring cleanups.
Registration is open for TCEQ’s Environmental Trade Fair & Conference to be held on May 6-7, 2014. Please visit the Trade Fair Web page for more information.
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