Information on this page is intended to provide citizens with direct access to UGRA's most recent financial data and directions for obtaining public records.

Since its creation by the Texas Legislature in 1939, the Upper Guadalupe River Authority (UGRA) has been committed to enhancing the quality of life for all who visit and for all who call Kerr County home. With the completion of UGRA Lake (now Nimitz Lake), UGRA Dam and water treatment facilities in 1981, UGRA made surface water available to the City of Kerrville so that city residents would not have to rely solely upon declining groundwater supplies. In 1989, UGRA initiated the preliminary engineering on an Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) project. The state’s first ASR project was completed in 1992. In February 1998, the project began injecting treated surface waters into the Hosston-Sligo sands of the lower Trinity aquifer system. Today, UGRA’s regional environmental laboratory serves as a regional resource for water quality. Local citizens and clients throughout Southwest Texas utilize UGRA’s laboratory for water and wastewater analyses.

UGRA underwent a major transformation in 1998 by divesting itself of its water supply infrastructure, water treatment facilities and a large portion of its surface water permits. Concurrent with this change, UGRA retained a portion of its surface water rights for future use in Kerr County. Though UGRA’s role has changed over time, one aspect remains constant; UGRA is dedicated to serving the citizens of Kerr County. It has been rightly stated that the Guadalupe River is the “Crown Jewel” of Kerr County.  In 2005, the Board of Directors forged a new vision to launch UGRA into the future by initiating a strategic planning process to serve as a roadmap to achieve that vision.  UGRA remains steadfast in its mission to conserve and reclaim all surface water in Kerr County while facilitating the use of surface water for future economic development. UGRA’s mission statement follows.

UGRA Mission Statement

The mission of the Upper Guadalupe River Authority is to protect, develop and manage the water quantity, quality, and sustainability in the Guadalupe River Watershed in Kerr County.

Texas Sunset Commission Reivew

UGRA is being reviewed by the Texas Sunset Commission during the 2022-2023 review cycle.  Sunset works by setting a date on which an agency is abolished unless the Legislature passes a bill to continue it. Sunset staff evaluates the agency and issues recommendations for positive change. The Commission considers the recommendations, hears public testimony, and decides on a package of changes to bring to the full Legislature. The Texas Legislature will considers Sunset's recommendation for UGRA and make final decisions during the 88th Legislative Session (begins January 2023).

UGRA submitted a Self Evaluation Report to Sunset staff in September 2021.

UGRA Goals

The Upper Guadalupe River Authority has written short term goals which are for the current fiscal year. They are specific goals which can be completed during that time, and they are used for the fiscal year budgeting process. The Authority also has written long term goals which address each area of the mission of the Upper Guadalupe River Authority.

UGRA Financial Management - Approved Annual Budget

Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports

Management Audit

Utilities (Electric, Water, Gas)

Utility totals for FY 2020: $22,492
Utility totals for FY 2019: $20,600
Utility totals for FY 2018: $21,300
Utility totals for FY 2017: $22,536
Utility totals for FY 2016: $21,272
Utility totals for FY 2015: $22,141
Utility totals for FY 2014: $24,048

Public Information Requests

Texas Government Code Chapter 552 gives citizens the right to access government records, which generally is presumed to be available to the public. However, certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information. For more details about rights to records requests, visit the Texas Attorney General's Open Government website.

To obtain requested records, citizens should:

  • Submit a request by mail, fax, email or in person according to a governmental body's reasonable procedures.
  • Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the governmental body to accurately identify and locate the information requested.
  • Cooperate with the governmental body's reasonable efforts to clarify the type or amount of information requested.

To request records, please complete this form and submit to UGRA. Request for Public Records Form  

Instructions for completing the form electronically:

  • Download the form and open using the most recent version of Adobe Reader -- available free from Adobe's website
  • Use the functionality of Adobe Reader rather than your web browser to complete the form.  This will enable the option to submit the form electronically.

Board Meeting Schedule, Agendas, and Minutes

UGRA Board of Directors meeting schedule, agendas, and minutes

UGRA Contact Information

For information about our Board of Directors, please visit our Board of Directors page.

For information on how to contact our staff, please visit our Staff page.