• The start of the Guadalupe River. The South Fork (left) and the North Fork (right) come together in Hunt, TX.
    The start of the Guadalupe River. The South Fork (left) and the North Fork (right) come together in Hunt, TX.
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    Guadalupe Basin Natural Resource Center
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    Water Sample Collection
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    Environmental Lab
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    Education Program

Welcome to the UGRA

The Guadalupe River originates in Western Kerr County, deep in the Texas Hill Country. This beautiful spring fed river is one of the highest rated recreational and scenic rivers in Texas and is Kerr County's central asset.

The Upper Guadalupe River Authority (UGRA) was created as a conservation and reclamation district by the Texas Legislatures in 1939. In short, 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.

On Your Own River Clean Up

September - October 2022

If you were unable to participate in the River Clean Up on July 23rd or would like to do more to keep our watershed healthy, join us this fall for the On Your Own River Clean Up.  Register now to conduct a cleanup anytime September 1 – October 31 at a time convenient to you and at your own pace.  UGRA with the support of many community partners, will provide cleanup supplies and coordinate trash disposal.  Volunteers will receive an Annual River Clean Up t-shirt and other freebies.

Summer Bacteria Testing

The Summer Swimability Study monitors bacteria levels at popular swimming holes from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  UGRA staff collects samples from 21 sites throughout Kerr County during 15 consecutive weeks. The water samples are analyzed at the UGRA Environmental Laboratory for E. coli bacteria and the results are compared to guidelines for contact recreation.  Learn More

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Water Quality Concerns for Summer

Are you concerned about the potential for blue-green algae in Kerr County? This "UGRA Currents" article provides more information as well as this article from Texas A&M

Plateau Water Planning Group ( PWPG )

Located on the southern edge of the Edwards Plateau, the six-county Plateau Water Planning Group (PWPG) stretches from the United States-Mexican border in the west to the Texas Hill Country in the east. The region includes portions of the Colorado, Guadalupe, Nueces, Rio Grande, and San Antonio river basins. PWPG is a one of the 16 planning groups working under the oversight of the Texas Water Development Board. Learn More