Clean Rivers Program
CRP Now on Facebook!
Visit the Clean Rivers program's Facebook page to learn more about observing and maintaining water quality throughout the Trinity River basin. You'll get updates on our activities, and you can check out current photos and video. Our program supports several local stream cleanups, citizens monitoring and educational activities, and we also help out with the Texas Stream Team program. Check us out to find out more about how you can get involved!
The Clean Rivers Program operates under the Clean Rivers Act, which was passed by the Texas Legislature in 1991 with the goal of assessing and improving the state’s water resources.
The Act authorizes the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to levy fees on wastewater and water rights permits to cover the expense of the program. TCEQ then contracts with river authorities or regional entities to perform specific tasks within each river basin, mostly involving water quality. Typically, the most developed and populous areas of the state, such as the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, contribute substantial funding to the CRP. The CRP Steering Committee serves as its guiding body, and suggestions from its members serve as the genesis for many of the special studies conducted within the Trinity River basin.
The Trinity River has a long history of water quality challenges, dating back to the turn of the century when it was known as a “river of death" because of slaughterhouse operations and a rapidly swelling population. Over the past several decades, tremendous progress has been made to improve and maintain the water quality of the river.