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LOWER CONCHO RIVER WATER AND SOIL CONSERVATION AUTHORITY. The Lower Concho River Water and Soil Conservation Authority was established in 1939 by the Forty-sixth Legislature and covers only Concho County. The district is not authorized to levy or collect taxes or assessments payable out of taxes or assessments or in any other way to pledge the credit of the state. The act authorized the governor to appoint a nine-man board of directors, two members of which were to reside within each of the four commissioners' precincts in Concho County, and one director at large. Three directors were to be appointed every two years, and each was to serve a six-year term.

This authority has been diligent in its endeavor to cooperate with other authorities to promote the conservation of soil and water, but it has not seen fit to attempt to construct a major dam itself due to the fact that the cost would be too great for the needs of the smaller towns in the county. However, this authority has cooperated with the Upper Colorado River Authority in efforts to build a major dam just a few miles below the mouth of the Concho River on the Colorado River.

The Lower Concho Authority has the power to develop and generate water power and electric energy within the boundaries of the district and to distribute and sell water power and electric energy within and outside the district, but such use must be subordinate to all requirements for domestic, municipal, and irrigation purposes. It also has the power to provide by adequate organization and administration for the preservation of the equitable rights of the people of the different sections of the watershed in the beneficial use of storm, flood, and unappropriated waters of the Concho and Colorado rivers.


Leonard A. Wood et al., Analog Model Study of Ground Water in the Houston District (Austin: Texas Water Commission, 1965).

Scott L. Hartgrove


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

Scott L. Hartgrove, "LOWER CONCHO RIVER WATER AND SOIL CONSERVATION AUTHORITY," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.