Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Water Development Board:

An Inventory of Office of Project Finance and Construction Assistance Records at the Texas State Archives, 1962-2006, bulk 1988-2002



Overview

Creator: Texas Water Development Board.
Title: Office of Project Finance and Construction Assistance records
Dates: 1962-2006
Dates: bulk 1988-2002
Abstract: The Texas WaterDevelopment Board provides loans to local governments for water supply projects; water quality projects including wastewater treatment, municipal solid waste management and nonpoint source pollution control; flood control projects; agricultural water conservation projects; and groundwater district creation expenses. The agency also provides grants and loans for the water and wastewater needs of the state's economically distressed areas, such as the colonias in south Texas, and water-related research and planning grants. These are engineering and financial records of the Office of Project Finance and Construction Assistance and include correspondence, memoranda, resolutions, audit reports, specifications and contract documents, proposals, financial records, facility engineering plans, applications, and the Board's decision on the request for loans or grant funds. Dates covered are 1962-2006, bulk dating 1988-2002.
Quantity: 26 cubic ft., 3 microfilm reels
Location: An early set of financial records, 1962-1975, are in off-site storage at the State Records Center on master negative microfilm.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) was created in 1957 by a constitutional amendment initiated by the 55th Texas Legislature, Regular Session (House Joint Resolution 3), following a prolonged drought in Texas during the 1950s. It was formed to administer the Texas Water Development Fund, providing financial assistance to certain political subdivisions of the state in the conservation and development of Texas' water resources.

In 1965, the 59th Legislature, Regular Session (Senate Bill 146) reorganized the state's water agencies, transferring to the Texas Water Development Board certain functions of the Texas Water Commission (formerly Board of Water Engineers), namely preparation of a comprehensive state water plan and the continuation of technical programs related to water availability, water quality protection, reclamation, and water-related services.

In 1977, the 65th Legislature, Regular Session (Senate Bill 1139) made an even more massive reorganization. It created the Texas Department of Water Resources, consisting of three major entities: the Texas Water Development Board (exercising the legislative functions of the Department), the Texas Water Commission (exercising the judicial functions), and the executive director (exercising the executive functions).

In 1985, the 69th Legislature, Regular Session (Senate Bill 249) abolished the Texas Department of Water Resources, dividing its responsibilities between the Texas Water Commission and the Texas Water Development Board.

In 1987, the 70th Legislature, Regular Session (House Bill 734) created the Texas Water Resources Finance Authority, composed of all six members of the Texas Water Development Board. Its function is to issue bonds to increase the availability of financing for projects aimed at conserving and developing the state's water resources. Projects include dam and reservoir construction, water storage facility construction, flood control, drainage, subsidence control, chloride control, agricultural water and soil conservation, and desalinization.

The mission of the Texas Water Development Board includes administering state and federal financing programs for water-related projects, and collecting data and conducting studies for long-term water resources planning. The Board meets once a month to provide guidance to the agency and to decide on matters such as loan commitments from the Texas Water Development Fund and Water Assistance Fund, plus other specific funds; bond issues for water development, water quality, and flood control; the state's priority list for federal construction grant funds; adoption of agency rules; and the review and approval of agency contracts and agreements.

By 1999 the agency had taken on a variety of responsibilities. TWDB provides loans to local governments for water supply projects; water quality projects including wastewater treatment, municipal solid waste management and nonpoint source pollution control; flood control projects; agricultural water conservation projects; and groundwater district creation expenses. The agency also provides grants and loans for the water and wastewater needs of the state's economically distressed areas, such as the colonias in south Texas, as well as agricultural water conservation funding and water-related research and planning grants. It supports regions in developing the regional water plans that will be incorporated into a statewide water plan for the orderly development, management and conservation of the state's water resources by studying Texas' surface and groundwater resources. TWDB also collects data and conducts studies concerning the fresh-water needs of the state's bays and estuaries. The Board also administers the Texas Water Bank, which facilitates the transfer, sale or lease of water and water rights throughout the state, and administers the Texas Water Trust, where water rights are held for environmental flow maintenance purposes. Finally, TWDB maintains a centralized data bank of information on the state's natural resources called the Texas Natural Resources Information System and manages the Strategic Mapping Initiative, a Texas-based, public and private sector cost-sharing program to develop consistent, large-scale computerized base maps describing basic geographic features of Texas.

TWDB financial assistance programs are funded through state-backed bonds, a combination of state bond proceeds and federal grant funds, or limited appropriated funds. Since 1957, the Legislature and voters have approved constitutional amendments authorizing the TWDB to issue up to $2.68 billion in Texas Water Development Bonds. To date, the TWDB has sold nearly $1.55 billion of these bonds to finance the construction of water and wastewater-related projects. In 1987, the TWDB added the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) to its financial assistance programs. Low-interest loans from the CWSRF finance costs associated with the planning, design, construction, expansion or improvement of wastewater treatment facilities, wastewater recycling and reuse facilities, collection systems, stormwater pollution control projects and nonpoint source pollution control projects.

The TWDB also administers the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). Through the DWSRF, the TWDB makes low-interest loans for financing public drinking water systems that facilitate compliance with primary and secondary drinking water regulations or otherwise significantly further the health protection objectives of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), as amended in 1996. Loans from the DWSRF finance all costs associated with the planning, design and construction of projects to upgrade or replace water supply infrastructure, to comply with SDWA health standards, to consolidate water supplies and to purchase capacity in water systems.

The Board consists of six members appointed to six-year staggered terms by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. Each Board member must be from a different section of the state. The Board considers loan applications from eligible applicants, awards grants for water-related research and planning, and conducts other TWDB business, such as approving the State Water Plan.

The Office of Project Finance and Construction Assistance (PFCA) administers the board's loan and grant programs that provide for the construction of water-related infrastructure and other water quality improvements. The office is organized into five business areas: Administration, Program Development Division, Project Development Division, Project Engineering and Review Division, and the Inspection and Field Support Division.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); the agency web site (http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/about/), accessed October 2006 and June 2008; and the enabling legislation, 1957, 1965, 1977, 1985, 1987.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Water Development Board provides loans to local governments for water supply projects; water quality projects including wastewater treatment, municipal solid waste management and nonpoint source pollution control; flood control projects; agricultural water conservation projects; and groundwater district creation expenses. The agency also provides grants and loans for the water and wastewater needs of the state's economically distressed areas, such as the colonias in south Texas, and water-related research and planning grants. These are engineering and financial records of the Office of Project Finance and Construction Assistance and include correspondence, memoranda, resolutions, audit reports, specifications and contract documents, proposals, financial records, facility engineering plans, applications, and the Board's decision on the request for loans or grant funds. Dates covered are 1962-2006, bulk dating 1988-2002. Records document loans or grants from several water funds made to local governments for projects such as agricultural conservation loans to regrant to individuals, construction or expansion of water facilities, new water and wastewater connections, new or improved water/waste water supplies for colonias, water supply line interconnections, regional water studies, and requests for financial assistance from the State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund. These records do not contain data on active loans or grants. The loans documented in these files were either paid in full or the project was cancelled. Correspondents include Texas Water Development Board members and staff, Comptroller's Office, regional and local agencies receiving assistance, and lawyers.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


 

Organization of the Records

The records are organized into two series as received from the agency:
Master engineering files, 1984-2006, bulk 1988-2002, 11 cubic ft.
Master financial files, 1962-2006, bulk 1988-2002, 15 cubic ft., 3 microfilm reels

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

The early financial records are on master negative microfilm and stored off-site at the State Records Center. Master negative film is unique and fragile and requires that a duplicate use copy be made of any reel that a researcher wishes to view. A duplicate use copy will be made at the user's expense. Arrangements for duplication and prepayment need to be made with the State and Local Records Management Division.

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Water--Management--Texas.
Water quality--Texas.
Water treatment plants--Texas.
Water conservation--Texas.
Groundwater--Texas.
Irrigation--Texas--Equipment and supplies.
Irrigation projects--Texas.
Water-supply, Agricultural--Conservation--Texas.
Water-supply--Texas.
Document Types:
Application forms--Texas--Water--Management--1962-2006.
Correspondence--Texas--Water--Management--1962-2006.
Memorandums--Texas--Water--Management--1962-2006.
Reports--Texas--Water--Management--1962-2006.
Proposals--Texas--Water--Management--1962-2006.
Specifications--Texas--Water--Management--1982-2006.
Financial records--Texas--Water--Management--1962-2006.
Functions:
Regulating water resources.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Water Development Board meeting files, 1963-1967, 1974-2008, 20.6 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Water Development Board Office of Project Finance and Construction Assistance records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 2006/025, 2008/095

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Water Development Board on October 6, 2005 and February 14, 2008.

Processing Information

Laura K. Saegert, June 2008


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Master engineering files, 1984-2006, bulk 1988-2002,
11 cubic ft.

The Texas Water Development Board provides loans to local governments for water supply projects; water quality projects including wastewater treatment, municipal solid waste management and nonpoint source pollution control; flood control projects; agricultural water conservation projects; and groundwater district creation expenses. The agency also provides grants and loans for the water and wastewater needs of the state's economically distressed areas, such as the colonias in south Texas, and water-related research and planning grants. These are the master engineering files of the Office of Project Finance and Construction Assistance and include correspondence, memoranda, resolutions, audit reports, inspection reports, specifications and contract documents, start-up services proposals, project manuals, plans of operation, facility engineering plans, environmental assessments, payment requests and notice of payment proposals, certificates of obligation, design calculations, maps, plans for facilities, water and conservation studies, engineering feasibility reports, transcripts, grant applications, grant offer of acceptance and amendments, and the Board's decision on the request for loans or grant funds. Dates covered are 1984-2006, bulk dating 1988-2002. Records document loans or grants from several water funds made to local governments for projects such as agricultural conservation loans to regrant to individuals, construction or expansion of water facilities, new water and wastewater connections, new or improved water/waste water supplies for colonias, water and conservation studies of irrigation districts along the Rio Grande and in west Texas, irrigation systems improvements, water supply line interconnections, and requests for financial assistance from the State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund. These records do not contain data on active loans or grants. The loans documented in these files were either paid in full or the project was cancelled. Correspondents include Texas Water Development Board members and staff, Comptroller's Office, regional and local agencies receiving assistance, and lawyers.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Master engineering files, Texas Water Development Board Office of Project Finance and Construction Assistance records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2008/095
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Water Development Board on February 14, 2008.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
None.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, June 2008
Box
2008/095-1 Alvin, city of, project 20599, 1988-2000
[3 folders]
Box
2008/095-2 Alvin, city of, project 20599, 1988-2000
[2 folders]
Brownsville, city of, project 10015, 1991-1999
[5 folders]
Box
2008/095-9 Brownsville Irrigation District, project 21464, 2003-2004
Brownsville, city of, project 10015, 1988-1994
[2 folders]
Cameron County Irrigation District No. 2, project 21439, 2001-2005
Hidalgo County, project 10038, 1994-1997
[2 folders]
Hudspeth County Conservation and Reclamation District No. 1 (CRD), project 21469, 2002-2004
Marlin, city of, project 20177, 2005-2006
Maverick County Water Control Improvement District No. 1, project 21473, 2003-2005
Box
2008/095-11 Carter and Burgess (Hildalgo County), project 83171, 1996-1999
Delta Lake Irrigation District, project 21470, 2002-2004
[2 folders]
El Paso Water Improvement District No. 1, project 21466, 2002-2004
Harlingen Irrigation District, Cameron, project 21438, 2001-2005
Hudspeth County CRD No. 1, project 21469, 2003-2004
[4 folders]
Box
2008/095-13 Hidalgo County Irrigation District No. 6, project 21472, 2002-2004
[3 folders]
Lower Valley Water District (El Paso), project 10056, 1993-1999
[2 folders]
Box
2008/095-15 Hidalgo and Cameron County Irrigation District, project 21471, 2002-2004
[3 folders]
North Alamo Water Supply Corporation, project 21359, 1999-2006
[8 folders]
Box
2008/095-19 Austin, city of, project 20132, 1993
[2 folders]
Log Cabin, city of, project 71073, 1997-2002
[9 folders]
Lumberton Municipal Utilities District (MUD), project 20547, 1984
Stephenville, city of, project 20185, 1992-1993
[2 folders]
Box
2008/095-21 Harlingen Irrigation District, Cameron, project 21438, 2001-2004
[7 folders]
Maverick County Water Control Improvement District No. 1, project 21473, 2002-2006
Box
2008/095-22 Fritch, city of, project 21295, 1998-2003
[4 folders]
Box
2008/095-23 Duval County, project 10237, 1996
El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1, project 21466, 2002-2004
[9 folders]
Box
2008/095-26 Cameron County Irrigation District No. 2, project 21439, 2002-2003
La Feria Irrigation District, Cameron County, project 21450, 2002-2006
[5 folders]
Maverick County Water Control Improvement District No. 1, project 21473, 2004
[2 folders]



 

Master financial files, 1962-2006, bulk 1988-2002,
15 cubic ft., 3 microfilm reels

The Texas Water Development Board provides loans to local governments for water supply projects; water quality projects including wastewater treatment, municipal solid waste management and nonpoint source pollution control; flood control projects; agricultural water conservation projects; and groundwater district creation expenses. The agency also provides grants and loans for the water and wastewater needs of the state's economically distressed areas, such as the colonias in south Texas, and water-related research and planning grants. These are master financial and loan records of projects of the Office of Project Finance and Construction Assistance and include correspondence, memoranda, applications for financial assistance, work papers, the Board's decision on the request for loans or grant funds, transcripts of legal proceedings, agreements, loan disbursement requests, ordinances, processing status sheets, lists or reports on revenue bonds, annual financial stabilitiy reviews, and budget data sheets. Dates covered are 1962-2006, bulk dating 1988-2002. Records document loans or grants from several water funds made to local governments for projects such as agricultural conservation loans to regrant to individuals, construction or expansion of water facilities, new water and wastewater connections, new or improved water/wastewater supplies for colonias, regional water studies, pre-design environmental reviews, water supply improvements, water supply line interconnections, and water conservation feasibility studies. These records do not contain data on active loans or grants. The loans documented in these files were either paid in full or the project was cancelled. Correspondents include Texas Water Development Board members and staff, Comptroller's Office, regional and local agencies receiving assistance, and lawyers. And early set of files covering entities from S through Y, 1962-1975, are on microfilm only, the later files are paper.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Master financial files, Texas Water Development Board Office of Project Finance and Construction Assistance records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2006/025, 2008/095
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Water Development Board on October 6, 2005 and February 14, 2008.
Restrictions on Access
The early financial records are on master negative microfilm and stored off-site at the State Records Center. Master negative film is unique and fragile and requires that a duplicate use copy be made of any reel that a researcher wishes to view. A duplicate use copy will be made at the user's expense. Arrangements for duplication and prepayment need to be made with the State and Local Records Management Division.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
None.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, June 2008
Early financial records
[These early financial records date 1962-1975 and are on master negative microfilm. The film gives the first and last entries for each reel and only covers entries between S and Y.]
Box
2006/025, Reel 12 San Jacinto River Authority to Stamford, city of
Box
2006/025, Reel 13 Stanford, city of, audit reports to Windthorst, city of
Box
2006/025, Reel 14 Winona, city of, to Yoakum, city of
Box
2008/095-3 Alvin, city of, project 20599, 1988-2000
[5 folders]
Angleton, city of, project 20600, 1991-2002
[7 folders]
Brownsville, city of, project 10015, 1991-1999
[3 folders]
Box
2008/095-4 Bell County Water Control Improvement District No. 1, project 20153, 1992-1999
Brownsville Irrigation District, project 21464, 2002-2006
[3 folders]
Conroe, city of, project 20657, 1991-2001
[3 folders]
Copperas Cove, city of, project 20113, 1993-1998
[3 folders]
Crosby MUD, project 20633, 1986-1994
[2 folders]
Greenbelt Municipal and Industrial Water Authority (M & I WA), project 20051, 1986-1998
Box
2008/095-5 Lumberton MUD, project 20548, 1993-1995
[4 folders]
Lumberton MUD, project 20547, 1984-1996
[3 folders]
Matagorda County Water Control Improvement District No 6., project 20883, 1983-1997
[3 folders]
Box
2008/095-6 Brownsville, city of, project 10014, 1993-1997
Medina County Underground Water Conservation District, project 20971, 1994-1996
[4 folders]
Richwood, city of, project 20606, 1985
Sandy Land Underground Water Conservation District:
Project 21153, 1994
Project 21152, 1994
Project 21154, 1995
Project 21155, 1995
Project 21156, 1995-1996
Project 21157, 1997
Project 21158, 1997
South Texas Water Authority, project 20898, 1981-1984
Stephenville, city of, project 20185, 1992-2003
[4 folders]
Box
2008/095-7 Brazos River Authority, project 2006, 1992
Brazos River Authority, project 2004, 1989-1992
[3 folders]
Broaddus, town of, project 20573, 1998-2002
[4 folders]
Crosby MUD, project 20633, 1987
Galveston County Water Control Improvement District No. 12, project 20624, 1982-1992
Glen Rose, city of, project 20147, 1991-1994
[4 folders]
Harlingen Irrigation District, Cameron, project 21438, 1992-2002
[2 folders]
Hudspeth County CRD No. 1, project 21469, 2003-2004
Box
2008/095-8 Brownsville Irrigation District, project 21464, 2004
Mission, city of, project 10200, 1999-2001
[2 folders]
Snook, city of, project 20191, 1981
Webb County, project 10201, 1995-1998
Webb County, project 10045, 1991-2000
Webb County, project 10309, 1996-2002
Zapata County, project 10159, 1995-1999
Zavala County, project 10047, 1991-1992
Zavala County, project 10048, 1994-2001
Box
2008/095-10 Devine, city of, project 20745, 1989-2004
[5 folders]
East Tawakoni, city of, project 20455, 1974-1992
Eastvale, city of, project 20918, 1984-1998
[3 folders]
Ector, city of, project 20456, 1982-1999
[3 folders]
Evergreen Underground Water Conservation District, project 21128, 1994-1999
[2 folders]
Evergreen Underground Water Conservation District, project 21126, 1988-1999
Fallbrook Utility District, project 20699, 1991-2003
[5 folders]
Box
2008/095-12 Conroe, city of, project 20657, 1989-2003
Delta Lake Irrigation District, project 21470, 2002-2006
[3 folders]
Greenbelt M & I WA, project 20051, 1985
[2 folders]
Hidalgo and Cameron County Irrigation District, project 21471, 2002
Hidalgo County Irrigation District No. 6, project 21472, 2002
Hudspeth County CRD No. 1, project 21469, 2002
Uvalde County, project 10169, 1995-2000
[2 folders]
Box
2008/095-14 Moore Water Supply Corporation, project 10238, 1996-1998
North Alamo Water Supply Corporation, project 21359, 1999-2006
[4 folders]
Panhandle Ground Water Conservation District No. 3, project 21148, 1994-1996
Sabine County, project 10165, 1994-2002
[2 folders]
Terrell County Water Control Improvement District No. 1, project 10053, 1993-1998
Turner, Collie and Braden (Valle Hermoso/Valle Escondido), project 10063, 2001-2002
Box
2008/095-16 Jasper, city of, project 20559, 1991-2003
[4 folders]
Liberty Danville Fresh Water Supply District, project 20492, 1978-1992
[3 folders]
Magnolia, city of, project 20687, 1986-1992
[4 folders]
Box
2008/095-17 Clifton, city of, project 21502, 2003-2007
Thorndale, city of, project 20190, 1979-1996
[4 folders]
Trinity River Authority (Huntsville), project 20024, 1992-1997
[3 folders]
Troy, city of, project 20112, 1969-1995
[3 folders]
Venus, city of, project 20309, 1985-2001
[4 folders]
Box
2008/095-18 Celina, city of, project 20242, 1986-1999
[3 folders]
Cisco, city of, project 20163, 1981-2000
[3 folders]
Nueces Water Supply Corporation, project 20905, 1989-2003
[3 folders]
Olmito Water Supply Corporation, project 10017, 1994-2000
[2 folders]
Richwood, city of, project 20606, 1984-1991
[2 folders]
Box
2008/095-20 Alamo, city of, project 20820, 1998-2001
Austin, city of, project 20132, 1992-2004
[4 folders]
Brazos River Authority, project 20006, 1987-1993
[2 folders]
Orange County Water Control Improvement District No. 2, project 20531, 1986-1994
[4 folders]
Orange County Water Control Improvement District No. 3, project 20926, 1978-1999
[2 folders]
Pineland, city of, project 10163, 1996-1999
Zavala-Dimmit County Water Improvement District No. 1, project 20859, 1993
Box
2008/095-24 Cooper, city of, project 20449, 1982-2005
[3 folders]
El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1, project 21466, 2002-2004
San Antonio River Authority, project 20737, 1974-1992
San Juan, city of, project 20834, 1983-1992
San Saba, city of, project 20779, 1989-1996
[5 folders]
Snook, city of, project 20191, 1979-1997
[2 folders]
Sour Lake, city of, project 20545, 1976-1993
[4 folders]
Terrell, city of, project 20319, 1995-1996, 2006
Texas A & M University, Board of, project 21087, 1994-1996, 2006
Vernon, city of, project 20940, 1995-1996, 2006
Wilmer, city of, project 20269, 1984-1995
[2 folders]
Box
2008/095-25 Cameron County Irrigation District No. 2, project 21439, 2001-2006
[5 folders]
La Feria Irrigation District, Cameron County, project 21450, 2001-2006
[2 folders]
Maverick County Water Control Improvement District No. 1, project 21473, 2002-2006
[2 folders]