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The Texas Clean Rivers Program

A partnership between the TCEQ and regional water authorities to coordinate and conduct water quality monitoring, assessment, and stakeholder participation to improve the quality of surface water within each river basin in Texas.


Tools for Clean Rivers Program Partners

Provides information relevant to CRP Partner agencies and organizations (CRP Guidance, Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) shells, Reimbursement forms, etc.)

The Clean Rivers Program In Your Basin

Provides information of interest to the public (How to become involved, River Basin Authority contact list, etc.)

About the Texas Clean Rivers Program

Mission Statement

Working together for clean water and science-based decisions.


  • Provide quality-assured data to the TCEQ for use in decision-making
  • Identify and evaluate water quality issues
  • Promote cooperative watershed planning
  • Recommend management strategies
  • Inform and engage stakeholders (any individual or group who has in interest in the water quality of the basin)
  • Maintain efficient use of public funds

The Long Term Plan outlines the program’s objectives and strategies.

View a short documentary about the CRP (12 min, 35 sec).

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Program Overview

Established in 1991, the Texas Clean Rivers Program (CRP) 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 TCEQ and its regional water quality partners work together to implement the program as laid out in Texas Water Code, Section 26.0135 Adobe Acrobat PDF Document and in the Clean Rivers Program Rule, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 220 Exit the TCEQ.


The majority of the fee funds allocated to the program (approximately $4.5 million annually) are used to conduct the monitoring, quality assurance, and data management functions of the program.

Graph of Funds by Percent