Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Water Commission:

An Inventory of Minutes at the Texas State Archives, 1913-1986



Overview

Creator: Texas Water Commission.
Title: Minutes
Dates: 1913-1986
Abstract: These records consist of 39 volumes containing the complete run of minutes of the Texas Water Commission and its predecessors between 1913 and 1986 (State Board of Water Engineers, 1913-1962; the first Texas Water Commission, 1962-1965; the Texas Water Rights Commission, 1965-1977; and the Texas Water Commission as part of the Texas Department of Water Resources, 1977-1986). The bulk of the minutes contain applications for (and cancellations of) permits concerning water allocations. The minutes are typewritten, with original signatures. The first 14 minute books (1913-1967) have indexes, either bound at the beginning of each volume (books 1-9), or foldered separately (books 10-14). Also included is a supplementary volume containing various applications to the commission, 1963-1965 and 1971-1972.
Quantity: 7.51 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

In March 1913, the 33rd Texas Legislature (Regular Session) passed An Act to provide an adequate system of laws relating to irrigation (House Bill 37), which created the Texas State Board of Water Engineers. This three-member board had the broad mission of conserving state waters "in the greatest practicable measure for the public welfare."

The name of the board was changed in 1962 to the Texas Water Commission (House Bill 12, 57th Legislature, 3rd Called Session). The Commission was now required to hire a Chief Engineer to perform its technical engineering, hydrologic and geologic duties, more clearly defined by this act. In 1965, the name was changed again to the Texas Water Rights Commission (Senate Bill 145, 59th Legislature, Regular Session), and an Executive Director took the place of the Chief Engineer.

In 1977, the 65th Legislature (Regular Session, Senate Bill 1139) created the Texas Department of Water Resources, consisting of three major entities: the executive director (exercising the executive functions of the Department), the Texas Water Development Board (exercising the legislative functions), and the Texas Water Commission (exercising the judicial functions). The commission would now employ a Chief Clerk to assist it in its duties, as prescribed by the Texas Water Code.

The 69th Legislature (Regular Session) in 1985 (Senate Bill 249) abolished the Texas Department of Water Resources, dividing its responsibilities between the Texas Water Commission and the Texas Water Development Board. The commission assumed most of the department's regulatory duties as well as responsibilities for other programs previously handled by the Texas Department of Health and the Public Utility Commission; there was also a greater emphasis on enforcement. The mission of the commission could now be more accurately described in these terms: to allocate the state's waters for public benefit by striving for an appropriate balance between environmental protection and economic development.

To fulfil its mission, the State Board of Water Engineers/Texas Water Rights Commission/Texas Water Commission acquired the following duties and powers:

  • to issue permits for the appropriation, storage, and diversion of surface water (for domestic and municipal purposes, manufacturing, irrigation, mining, hydro-electric power, navigation, and recreation);
  • to approve plans and specifications pertaining to the organization of irrigation districts and other water improvement districts, including sewer systems and (since 1949) underground water conservation districts, and the issuance of bonds by such districts; to hear and decide complaints of water users against water owners, and to determine the reasonableness of rates for water use;
  • to approve federal projects which require the approval of the Governor (since 1955);
  • to measure the flow of streams, conduct topographic surveys, conduct evaporation studies (since 1914) and silt studies (since 1924), investigate underground water supplies (since 1929), and make various other statistical compilations in cooperation with the U.S. government, especially in light of the four interstate water compacts to which Texas is a party;
  • to formulate rules and regulations governing the use of artesian waters;
  • to make plans for the control and use of flood waters;
  • to collect various fees in connection with the work; etc.

Since its inception the Commission was composed of three members appointed by the governor, confirmed by the Senate, with overlapping six-year terms. Members, who were paid a salary, were limited to two terms. Each of the three had to be a resident of a different section of the state. The chair was at first named by the Board, later by the governor.

In 1991, the 72nd Legislature (1st Called Session) passed Senate Bill 2 in an effort to consolidate the state's regulatory programs for air, water and waste. This began a two-year process of consolidation, culminating with the creation of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission in 1993. In accordance with Senate Bill 2, sections of the Texas Department of Health dealing with solid waste, drinking water protection, and wastewater treatment were transferred to the Texas Water Commission (TWC) by March 1, 1992. On September 1, 1992, the Texas Water Well Drillers Board and the Texas Board of Irrigators were abolished and those functions transferred to the TWC. On September 1, 1993, the Texas Air Control Board and the Texas Water Commission were abolished and those functions were consolidated to form the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. The Texas Water Commission became the core of the TNRCC and the TWC's three full-time commissioners automatically became the commissioners of the TNRCC.


Scope and Contents of the Records

These records consist of 39 volumes containing the complete run of minutes of the Texas Water Commission and its predecessors between 1913 and 1986 (State Board of Water Engineers, 1913-1962; the first Texas Water Commission, 1962-1965; the Texas Water Rights Commission, 1965-1977; and the Texas Water Commission as part of the Texas Department of Water Resources, 1977-1986). The minutes are typewritten, with original signatures. The first 14 minute books (1913-1967) have indexes, either bound at the beginning of each volume (books 1-9), or foldered separately (books 10-14).

The bulk of the minutes contain applications for permits, cancellations of permits, forfeitures, certified filings, and presentations concerning water allocations. In addition, the minutes cover administrative matters handled by the commission, listed in the indices under such headings as appointments, cooperative agreements, directors (appointments, bonds, etc.), duty measurements, federal projects and contracts, fees collected, financial statements, financing master plans, gauging stations, legal services, personnel, petitions and complaints, rate hearings, rules and regulations, water authorities and districts (creation of, master plans, etc.), miscellaneous orders, etc. The minutes frequently contain the full texts of final determination of adjudication of all claims for water rights, and of commission orders.

Also included is a supplementary volume containing various applications to the Water Commission, for two brief time periods: (a) Applications for amendment, 1963-1965; and (b) Applications for term permit based on a contract, Applications for raw water service, Applications for service, and Applications for approval of a written contract (CA-147 thru CA-196), 1971-1972.

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

These records are organized into four series.
State Board of Water Engineers minutes, 1913-1962, 2.25 cubic ft.
Texas Water Commission minutes, 1962-1965, 0.17 cubic ft.
Texas Water Rights Commission minutes, 1965-1977, 1.99 cubic ft.
Texas Water Commission (Texas Department of Water Resources) minutes, 1977-1986, 2.86 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas Water Rights Commission.
Texas. Dept. of Water Resources.
Texas Board of Water Engineers.
Subjects:
Water resources development--Texas.
Water-supply--Texas.
Water rights--Texas.
Water conservation--Texas.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Water--1913-1986.
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 Commission, Agenda and dockets, 1980-1989, 2.9 cubic ft.
Texas Water Commission, Records, 1941-1942, 1956-1971, 1977-1981, 1 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Water Resources, Reclamation Engineer, Historical files, ca. 1908-ca. 1960, 90.82 cubic ft.
Texas Water Quality Board, Records, 1969-1977, undated, 3.47 cubic ft.
Texas Water Quality Board, Minutes, September 1967-August 1977, 3.94 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed records. Call numbers are 1998/209-1 thru 5.]
Texas Water Pollution Control Board, Minutes, January 1965-July 1967, fractional. [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed records. Call numbers are 1998/209-1.]
Texas Water Development Board, Meeting files, 1963-1967, 1974-2002, 11.34 cubic ft.
Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Records, 1990-2001, 4.69 cubic ft.
Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Water rights files, 1914-1997, about 242 cubic ft. [These records are currently unprocessed, see staff for assistance. A microfilm copy of these records is available at TNRCC; contact TNRCC's Record Services Division to use the film.]
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Water use maps, 1913-ca. 1987, about 100 cubic ft. [These records are currently unprocessed, see staff for assistance.]

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Minutes, Texas Water Commission. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1991/041, 1992/043

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Water Commission, Administrative Services Division, Records Services Section on December 17, 1990; and December 10, 1991.

Processing Information

Tony Black, June 1991, December 1991


Detailed Description of the Records

 

State Board of Water Engineers minutes, 1913-1962,
2.25 cubic ft.

These records consist of 12 volumes containing the complete run of minutes of the Texas State Board of Water Engineers, 1913-1962. The minute books have indexes, either bound at the beginning of each volume (books 1-9), or foldered separately (books 10-12). The minutes are typewritten, with original signatures.
The bulk of the minutes contain applications, certified filings, cancellations and forfeitures, and presentations concerning water allocations. In addition, the minutes cover administrative matters handled by the commission, listed in the indices under such headings as appointments, cooperative agreements, directors (appointments, bonds, etc.), duty measurements, federal projects and contracts, fees collected, financial statements, financing master plans, gauging stations, legal services, personnel, petitions and complaints, rate hearings, rules and regulations, water authorities and districts (creation of, and master plans), miscellaneous orders, etc.
Agency History
In March 1913, the 33rd Texas Legislature (Regular Session) passed An Act to provide an adequate system of laws relating to irrigation (House Bill 37), which created the Texas State Board of Water Engineers. This three-member board had the broad mission of conserving state waters "in the greatest practicable measure for the public welfare." The name of the board was changed in 1962 to the Texas Water Commission (House Bill 12, 57th Legislature, 3rd Called Session).
The board was composed of three members appointed by the governor, confirmed by the Senate, with overlapping six-year terms. Members, who were paid a salary, were limited to two terms. Each of the three had to be a resident of a different section of the state. The chair was at first named by the board, later by the governor.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), State Board of Water Engineers minutes, Minutes, Texas Water Commission. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1991/041
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Water Commission, Administrative Services Division, Records Services Section on December 17, 1990.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, June 1991
volume
1991/041-1 September 2, 1913 - March 4, 1918
volume
1991/041-2 March 4, 1918 - May 2, 1921
volume
1991/041-3 May 2, 1921 - June 29, 1925
volume
1991/041-4 June 29, 1925 - January 22, 1929
volume
1991/041-5 January 4, 1929 - December 13, 1938
volume
1991/041-6 December 16, 1938 - April 28, 1947
volume
1991/041-7 April 28, 1947 - February 12, 1951
volume
1991/041-8 February 12, 1951 - October 12, 1953
volume
1991/041-9 October 14, 1953 - May 23, 1955
volume
1991/041-10 May 23, 1955 - October 31, 1958
box
1991/041-40 Index to Volume 10, 1955-1958
volume
1991/041-11 November 3, 1958 - September 28, 1961 [part]
box
1991/041-40 Index to Volume 11, 1958-1961
volume
1991/041-12 September 28, 1961 [part] - January 31, 1962
box
1991/041-40 Index to Volume 12, 1961-1962



 

Texas Water Commission minutes, 1962-1965,
0.17 cubic ft.

These records consist of portions of two volumes containing the complete run of minutes of the first Texas Water Commission, 1962-1965. The minutes are typewritten, with original signatures. The indexes to these minute books are foldered separately.
The bulk of the minutes contain applications for, and cancellations of permits. In addition, the minutes cover administrative matters handled by the commission, such as appointments, federal projects, feasability studies, adoption of orders, creation of water authorities and districts, bond approval, changes in master plans, etc.
Also included is a supplementary volume containing various applications to the Texas Water Commission: Applications for amendment, 1963-1965.
Agency History
The name of the State Board of Water Engineers was changed in 1962 to the Texas Water Commission (House Bill 12, 57th Legislature, 3rd Called Session). The Commission was now required to hire a Chief Engineer to perform its technical engineering, hydrologic and geologic duties, more clearly defined by this act. In 1965, the name was changed again to the Texas Water Rights Commission (Senate Bill 145, 59th Legislature, Regular Session), and an Executive Director took the place of the Chief Engineer.
The commission was composed of three members appointed by the governor, confirmed by the Senate, with overlapping six-year terms. Members, who were paid a salary, were limited to two terms. Each of the three had to be a resident of a different section of the state. The chair was named by the governor.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas Water Commission minutes, Minutes, Texas Water Commission. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1991/041
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Water Commission, Administrative Services Division, Records Services Section on December 17, 1990.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, June 1991
volume
1991/041-12 February 1, 1962 - March 30, 1964
box
1991/041-40 Index to Volume 12, 1962-1964
volume
1991/041-13 March 30, 1964 - August 31, 1965
box
1991/041-40 Index to Volume 13, 1964-1965
volume
1991/041-39 Applications for amendment, 1963-1965



 

Texas Water Rights Commission minutes, 1965-1977,
1.99 cubic ft.

These records consist of 12 volumes containing the complete run of minutes of the Texas Water Rights Commission, 1965-1977. The minutes are typewritten, with original signatures. The first two minute books (1965-1967) have indexes, foldered separately.
The bulk of the minutes contain applications for permits and temporary permits, and cancellations of permits. In addition, the minutes cover such matters as appeals of orders, petitions for creation of municipal utility districts (MUDs), bond issues, hearings, petitions to late file water adjudication claims, investigation of complaints, approvals for studies, etc. The texts of adjudications before the Water Rights Commission frequently appear.
Also included is a supplementary volume containing various applications to the Water Rights Commission: Applications for term permit based on a contract, Applications for raw water service, Applications for service, and Applications for approval of a written contract (CA-147 thru CA-196), 1971-1972.
Agency History
In 1965, the name of the Texas Water Commission was changed again to the Texas Water Rights Commission (Senate Bill 145, 59th Legislature, Regular Session), and an Executive Director took the place of the Chief Engineer.
In 1977, the 65th Legislature (Regular Session, Senate Bill 1139) created the Texas Department of Water Resources, consisting of three major entities: the executive director (exercising the executive functions of the Department), the Texas Water Development Board (exercising the legislative functions), and the Texas Water Commission (exercising the judicial functions).
The commission was composed of three members appointed by the governor, confirmed by the Senate, with overlapping six-year terms. Members, who were paid a salary, were limited to two terms. Each of the three had to be a resident of a different section of the state. The chair was named by the governor.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas Water Rights Commission minutes, Minutes, Texas Water Commission. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1991/041
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Water Commission, Administrative Services Division, Records Services Section on December 17, 1990.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, June 1991
volume
1991/041-13 September 1, 1965 - April 15, 1966
volume
1991/041-14 April 18, 1966 - September 28, 1967
box
1991/041-40 Index to Volume 13-14, 1965-1967
volume
1991/041-15 October 2, 1967 - May 29, 1969
volume
1991/041-16 June 2, 1969 - October 2, 1970
volume
1991/041-17 October 5, 1970 - December 22, 1971
volume
1991/041-18 January 3 - December 21, 1972
volume
1991/041-19 January 2, 1973 - January 4, 1974
volume
1991/041-20 January 7 - October 25, 1974
volume
1991/041-21 October 29, 1974 - June 27, 1975
volume
1991/041-22 June 30, 1975 - February 24, 1976
volume
1991/041-23 March 1, 1976 - January 28, 1977
volume
1991/041-24 January 31 - August 31, 1977
volume
1991/041-39 Various applications, 1971-1972



 

Texas Water Commission (Texas Department of Water Resources) minutes, 1977-1986,
2.86 cubic ft.

These records consist of 16 volumes containing the minutes of the Texas Water Commission after it became part of the Texas Department of Water Resources, 1977-1986. The minutes are typewritten, with original signatures.
The bulk of the minutes contain applications for permits, amendments to permits, renewals of permits, and temporary orders, as well as cancellations of permits. In addition, the minutes contain the full texts of final determination of adjudication of all claims for water rights. Other items include creation of (or dissolution of) utility districts, etc.
Agency History
In 1977, the 65th Texas Legislature (Regular Session, Senate Bill 1139) created the Texas Department of Water Resources, consisting of three major entities: the executive director (exercising the executive functions of the Department), the Texas Water Development Board (exercising the legislative functions), and the Texas Water Commission (exercising the judicial functions).
The 69th Legislature (Regular Session) in 1985 (Senate Bill 249) abolished the Texas Department of Water Resources, dividing its responsibilities between the Texas Water Commission and the Texas Water Development Board. The commission assumed most of the department's regulatory duties as well as responsibilities for other programs previously handled by the Texas Department of Health and the Public Utility Commission; there was also a greater emphasis on enforcement. The mission of the commission could now be more accurately described in these terms: to allocate the state's waters for public benefit by striving for an appropriate balance between environmental protection and economic development.
In 1991, the 72nd Legislature (1st Called Session) passed Senate Bill 2 in an effort to consolidate the state's regulatory programs for air, water and waste. This began a two-year process of consolidation, culminating with the creation of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission in 1993. In accordance with Senate Bill 2, sections of the Texas Department of Health dealing with solid waste, drinking water protection, and wastewater treatment were transferred to the Texas Water Commission (TWC) by March 1, 1992. On September 1, 1992, the Texas Water Well Drillers Board and the Texas Board of Irrigators were abolished and those functions transferred to the TWC. On September 1, 1993, the Texas Air Control Board and the Texas Water Commission were abolished and those functions were consolidated to form the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. The Texas Water Commission became the core of the TNRCC and the TWC's three full-time commissioners automatically became the commissioners of the TNRCC.
The commission was composed of three members appointed by the governor, confirmed by the Senate, with overlapping six-year terms. Members, who were paid a salary, were limited to two terms. Each of the three had to be a resident of a different section of the state. The chair was named by the governor.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas Water Commission (Texas Department of Water Resources) minutes, Minutes, Texas Water Commission. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1991/041, 1992/043
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Water Commission, Administrative Services Division, Records Services Section on December 17, 1990; and December 10, 1991.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, June 1991, December 1991
volume
1991/041-24 September 1 - November 29, 1977
volume
1991/041-25 December 5, 1977 - July 21, 1978
volume
1991/041-26 July 24, 1978 - April 2, 1979
volume
1991/041-27 April 2 - October 17, 1979
volume
1991/041-28 October 22, 1979 - May 29, 1980
volume
1991/041-29 June 2, 1980 - March 5, 1981
volume
1991/041-30 March 9 - October 27, 1981
volume
1991/041-31 November 2, 1981 - May 27, 1982
volume
1991/041-32 June 1 - December 2, 1982 [part]
volume
1991/041-33 December 2, 1982 [part] - April 27, 1983
volume
1991/041-34 May 2 - October 17, 1983 [part]
volume
1991/041-35 October 17, 1983 [part] - March 8, 1984
volume
1991/041-36 March 12 - August 2, 1984
volume
1991/041-37 August 6 - December 20, 1984
volume
1991/041-38 January 3 - May 29, 1985
volume
1992/043-1 November 19, 1985 - March 12, 1986