As the lead surface water steward for the Upper Guadalupe River (Segment 1806), the Upper Guadalupe River Authority (UGRA) applied for and received funding through the Clean Water Act §319(h) program administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to implement management measures outlined in the Implementation Plan for One Total Maximum Daily Load for Bacteria in Guadalupe River Above Canyon Lake (Segment 1806). The goal of this Bacteria Reduction Plan is to put best management practices (BMPs) in place to reduce bacteria loading in the impaired reaches of the Upper Guadalupe River.
Sources of Escherichia coli (E. coli) in this watershed have been identified as birds nesting on bridges, large flocks of domestic waterfowl congregating in the lakes, septic systems, pet waste, and pollution from general urban runoff.
A community approach was taken to develop and implement the best management practices through the partnership of UGRA with the City of Kerrville, Kerr County, and the Texas Department of Transportation.
Additional information on the Bacteria Reduction Plan can be found here:
Project Information from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality – including interactive map
Public Service Announcements
UGRA is committed to the long-term conservation of water quantity and quality for both surface water and groundwater. An important part in the planning for future water use is to maximize and enhance our current water supply. Water enhancement through brush management is a worthwhile strategy with proven success.
For more information on the water enhancement benefits of brush management.
For more information on UGRA's Water Enhancement Cost Share Program:
UGRA has a rebate program to promote water conservation and watershed stewardship through rainwater harvesting. The Rainwater Catchment System Rebate Program is available to anyone with a Kerr County address and will reimburse eligible applicants up to $50 when they provide proof of purchase of rainwater catchment system equipment. Each address is eligible once per calendar year.
This incentive program is open to businesses or individuals in Kerr County. Purchases of rainwater catchment system equipment made after March 24, 2011 are eligible for the rebate and payment by UGRA is subject to the availability of funds. For more information, contact UGRA at (830) 896-5445.