To improve and protect the water quality of the Nueces River Watershed so that the river is restored and preserved for current and future generations

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Nueces River Watershed Protection Plan


The next stakeholder meeting will be scheduled for Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6 - 8 pm.
The Location has Changed Hilltop's Blue Room (Map in Agenda).   Agenda

April 2016: The Environment Protection Agency accepted the Lower Nueces River Watershed Protection Plan, citing that it meets all nine elements of EPA's guidance for watershed-based plan development.

A huge THANK YOU to the stakeholders and steering committee members for your input. The Nueces River Authority also appreciates the support of the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in this endeavor.

Goals and Objectives

Implementation of the Watershed Protection Plan for the Lower Nueces River, covering 39 river miles from Lake Corpus Christi to the saltwater barrier dam in Corpus Christi / 116,863 acres / 182.6 square miles is intended to:
  • Improve and protect water quality for drinking and recreation
  • Improve and protect habitat for wildlife
  • Enhance awareness of the need to protect the watershed through education
  • Promote stewardship through stakeholder engagement
  • Improve aesthetics and environmental integrity to improve quality of life
  • Leverage resources for the benefit of all


  • Large debris removal
    NRA worked with the Nueces River Preservation Association (NRPA) to develop the list of items to be removed. This list consisted of 10 partially submerged boats and one collapsed pier. NRPA members tagged the items for a contractor to easily locate them. These items were considered to be hazards to navigation and recreation. Other items located by a side-scan sonar survey conducted in April 2014 were not considered to be hazards or detrimental to water quality, and that these items were better left undisturbed.

    NRA contracted with J. M. Davidson Inc. to remove the boats and pier. The contractor was on location rebuilding the boat ramp at Hazel Bazemore Park for Nueces County. The City of Corpus Christi Solid Waste Department provided a dumpster for the debris and provided for the debris disposal. Mobilization / demobilization expenses were covered by the County’s contract. The removal took place between May 12 – 18, 2016.

Check out 'Nueces River at Calallen' on facebook. It's owned by local residents whose goal is to bring attention to others that the river is worth caring for and keeping clean. Not only is the river our main water source, but it's full of natural beauty, wildlife, and history!

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