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A primary element of CRP is the involvement of the public. NRA depends on public involvement and input from stakeholders to assist in understanding the needs of the basins and the areas of concern. Therefore, NRA works with stakeholders to address concerns within each basin and set water quality monitoring priorities. Historically, NRA has worked with a steering committee, which, as defined in the Texas Clean Rivers Act, is a group of diverse stakeholders representing a variety interests in water quality.
Due to its large area of CRP responsibility, NRA has recently split its steering committee into three subgroups: Nueces River Basin, San Antonio-Nueces Coastal Basin, and Nueces-Rio Grande Coastal Basin. Each basin subgroup has representatives from municipalities, state and federal agencies, the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, industrial and agricultural interests, and educational institutes.
Each year, NRA facilitates steering committee meetings, which are intended to bring the steering committee members together to discuss water quality and other related issues of each basin as well as NRA's management of CRP. NRA uses input from these meetings to help develop its CRP program.
The steering committee process is important because it provides NRA with new ideas for work plans and allows NRA to focus on the needs and interests of the stakeholders of the basins. Such ideas have included: increased education, more public outreach, additional special studies, expanded routine and systematic monitoring, and increased targeted monitoring.
In addition to the steering committee process, NRA utilizes environmental education as a component of its public outreach. This approach has been key to NRA's success in informing the public about the issues and concerns facing its basins.