The Red River Authority of Texas was created in 1959 by acts of the 56th Legislature as a conservation and reclamation district, a political subdivision of the state, a body politic and corporate under Article XVI, Section 59 of the Texas Constitution. Article 8280-228, Vernon’s Annotated Texas Civil Statutes (VATCS) is the Authority’s Enabling Legislation and enumerates its statutory obligations.
The Authority’s territorial jurisdiction encompasses the whole of 43 Texas counties lying wholly or in part within the watershed of the Red River and its tributaries upstream from the northeast corner of Bowie County. In 1981 the Legislature divided the Authority’s territorial jurisdiction into three geographical regions according to population with three directors serving from each region.
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