Lavaca-Navidad River Authority

By: Christopher Long

Type: General Entry

Published: March 1, 1995

The Lavaca-Navidad River Authority, a state conservation and reclamation district with jurisdiction over water resources in Jackson County, was established in 1959 by an act of the Fifty-sixth Texas Legislature. The river authority, known as the Jackson County Flood Control District until 1969, was formed to control, store, preserve, and distribute storm and flood waters, as well as the waters of Jackson County rivers and streams and their tributaries. In the early 1990s the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority offices were in Edna, and the authority was overseen by a nine-member board of directors who served staggered six-year terms. Board members were appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Texas Senate. The river authority was the local sponsor of the United States Bureau of Reclamation's Palmetto Bend Dam and Reservoir project on the Navidad River, which built Lake Texana. In 1972 the authority obtained a water-rights permit for 75,000 acre-feet of water a year from Lake Texana. Since the early 1980s the river authority has operated and maintained Lake Texana and its recreational facilities and 7,000 acres of surrounding land. The authority also works with other entities, including cities and counties, to plan and coordinate various operations, including public events, law enforcement, disposal of wastewater, plans for floods and emergencies, and maintenance and construction of drainage systems. In the early 1990s the authority was funded by a local ad valorem maintenance tax in Jackson County, miscellaneous revenues, and water sales.

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Christopher Long, “Lavaca-Navidad River Authority,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 15, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

March 1, 1995