Watermaster: Friend or Foe? Let TCEQ Know

Lissa Gregg

Canadian River Basin, Red River Basin, watermasterThe Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is currently evaluating the Canadian and Red River Basins to assess the potential need for a watermaster in those areas. Watermasters proactively manage the water rights in the basin to ensure compliance by monitoring stream flows, reservoir levels and water use. In order to pay for the expenses of a watermaster’s operation, a base fee of $50 and a use fee (based on the number of acre-feet authorized) is charged to each water right holder.

If you have comments or input on the potential need for a watermaster in the Canadian or Red River basin, you can submit your comments in writing via letter or email as outlined below.





Or by email: Send your email to watermaster@tceq.texas.gov. You may put your comment in the body of the email or include it as an attachment.

Currently, there are four areas in Texas with a watermaster including: South Texas, Concho River, Brazos and the Rio Grande Water Master areas. The TCEQ is accepting written input on the potential need for a watermaster in the Canadian and Red River Basins until June 12, 2015.

Three stakeholder meetings will also be held to accept input. The dates of these meetings have not yet been announced, but they are expected to occur over the summer.

Information in the table obtained from TCEQ: http://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/comm_exec/agendas/comm/backup/Agendas/2012/10-31-2012/2012-1395-MIS.pdf

To learn more about the watermaster program, please visit the TCEQ website.