For the River - For the Future.

The Rio Grande Regional Water Authority was created by the Texas Legislature in 2003 as a conservation and reclamation district “to serve a public use and benefit” by bringing together regional water interests to accomplish projects and services within Willacy, Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Zapata, and Webb counties (excluding the City of Laredo).

Our Location

322 S Missouri Ave, Weslaco Texas

956-968-3141

The Authority is directed by an 18-member board, appointed to fairly represent the diverse interests of the region. Committees are charged with tracking specific issues and reporting back to the full board. Administrative assistance is provided by the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council.

All RGRWA meetings are open to the public and provide opportunity for public comment.

Board Of Directors

Gubernatorial Appointments County Appointments
Troy Allen
Delta Lake Irrigation District
John Bruciak
Cameron County
D.V. Guerra
D.V. Guerra Ranch Mike Cabello

ike Cabello
Webb County

Wayne Halbert
Harlingen Irrigation District 

Jim Darling, President*
Hidalgo County
Paul Heller
Rio Queen Citrus
Ricardo Gutierrez
Starr County
Sonny Hinojosa
HCID #2
Jimmy Riggan
Willacy County
Sonia Lambert, Vice-President*
Cameron County Irrigation District #2
Karran Westerman
Zapata County
Brian Macmanus, Secretary-Treasurer*
East Rio Hondo Water Supply Corp.
 
   
Executive Committee  
Lance Neuhaus
Neuhaus & Co.
 
Joe Pennington
Pennington Farms
 
Roel Rodriguez
City of McAllen
 
Bobby Sparks
Valley Acres
 
Frank “Jo Jo” White
Hidalgo & Cameron County CID #9
 
   


Committees

Aquatic Weed (Ad-Hoc) Community Outreach  Drainage
Jo Jo White, Co-Chair
Sonny Hinjosa, Co-Chair
Roy Rodriguez
Erasmo Yarrito
Rodolfo Montero
Jim Darling, Chair
Sonia Lambert
Karran Westerman
Jim Darling, Chair
Wayne Halbert
Jo Jo White
Sonia Lambert
Sonny Hinojosa
Roy Rodriguez
     
El Morillo Drain Finance & Planning Groundwater Management (Ad-Hoc)
Sonny Hinojosa, Chair
Jim Darling
Wayne Halbert
Jo Jo White
Roy Rodriguez
Joseph B. Coulter, DVM
Joe Tucker
Glenn Jarvis
Kika de la Garza
Troy Allen
Ray Prewett
Paul Heller
Jim Darling
Joe Pennington
Brian Macmanus
Roy Rodriguez, Chair
John Bruciak
Brian Macmanus
Jo Jo White
Sonny Hinojosa
     
Legislative Personnel & Professional Services Scholarship
Wayne Halbert, Chair
Jim Darling
D.V. Guerra
Bobby Sparks
Brian Macmanus
Sonia Lambert
Ricardo Gutierrez

Jim Darling
Paul Heller

Paul Heller, Chair
Sonny Hinojosa
D.V. Guerra
Roy Rodriguez

 

For the River — For the Future The Rio Grande Regional Water Authority was created by the Texas Legislature in 2003 as a conservation and reclamation district “to serve a public use and benefit” by bringing together regional water interests to accomplish projects and services within Willacy, Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Zapata, and Webb counties (excluding the City of Laredo). Our mission is to enhance the capability of our primary water source – the Rio Grande – to serve our region well into the future. Our projects are focused on achieving this primary goal. The Authority was specifically created to supplement—not replace—the services, regulatory powers, and authority of irrigation districts, water development supply corporations, counties, municipalities, and other political subdivisions within its borders. The RGRWA operates in accordance with established operating guidelines, including by-laws . All RGRWA meetings are open to the public and provide opportunity for public comment. Organizational Structure The Authority is directed by an 18-member board, appointed to fairly represent the diverse interests of the region. Committees are charged with tracking specific issues and reporting back to the full board. Read More By-Laws The RGRWA operates in accordance with established operating guidelines, including by-laws adopted in 2003 and revised in 2009. Annual Report In January of each year, the RGRWA issues a report of accomplishments for the preceding year. 2012 Annual Report 2011 Annual Report STATUTORY AUTHORITY Establishment: 2003. Functions : Desalination, water supply, and wastewater treatment, agricultural water conservation, solid waste, state and federal funds, assist in delivery of water from the Rio Grande. The Authority also certifies water rights held inside the Authority’s boundaries . Legal Authority: SB 1902 (78th Legislature), SB 707 (80th Legislature), and Texas Constitution Article XVI, Section 59 , which authorizes conservation and reclamation districts. SB 707 amended the powers and duties of the RGRWA. Boundaries : Counties of Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy, Starr, Zapata, and Webb (excluding Laredo). Click here for a map. Governance : 18 member board representing irrigation districts, the public, municipal class entities, water supply corporations, and counties. Authority to Contract : With individuals, corporations (municipal, public, or private), government agencies (U.S., state or political subdivision), and through an international cooperation agreement. Funding : The Authority may borrow money, issue negotiable bonds, and apply for, accept, receive, and administer gifts, grants, loans, and other funds available from any source. The Authority may impose a fee or assessment on a member of the conference or another water user to pay authorized expenses of the authority. Each fiscal year, the board shall determine the amount of the fee or assessment based on the water rights certified by the board. Prohibitions : The RGRWA is expressly prohibited from condemning water rights or imposing ad valorem taxes.
Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Facility Plan Purpose: Due to the recent drought conditions, regional concerns over local water resources have grown in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) that encompasses Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy County. The Rio Grande Regional Water Authority (RGRWA), with a grant from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC), is to develop a water facility plan that identifies potential water sources that could be developed as a regional solution for the growing water reliability concerns in the LRGV. The purposes of these planning efforts are to identify and evaluate the potential water sources and develop design criteria, an implementation schedule, an organization plan and financial details for the selected alternatives. This plan takes full advantage of previous studies performed on water resources, water management strategies, populations and demands in its development and evaluation of alternatives. RGRWA Final Report with Adeendum RGRWA Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Facility Plan
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Next board meeting date, 7-5-17 at 9am