The Angelina & Neches River Authority (ANRA) is a government entity created by the state legislature under Article 16, Section 59 of the Texas state constitution. It is recognized as an independent governmental entity authorized to construct, maintain, and operate any and all works necessary for the purpose of controlling, storing, and preserving water resources in the 17 county jurisdiction in the Neches River Basin.
ANRA receives no tax revenues from the state nor can it levy any taxes. ANRA revenues are derived solely from services provided. It is authorized to issue revenue bonds for the purpose of financing projects to be paid by and through customer contracts which obligate the customer to pay its share of the debt obligation.
ANRA is governed by a nine member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor of Texas to six year terms. The Directors are residents of the Neches River basin and one third of the Board is appointed every two years. The Board sets policy, provides oversight, and employs a General Manager.
The major functions of ANRA are water quality management, water resource development, and conservation of water resources. ANRA administers several water quality related environmental programs including the Middle and Upper Neches basin surface water quality monitoring programs, permit compliance monitoring programs, industrial pre-treatment program, and a water/wastewater sample collection and testing program.
ANRA's office is located in Lufkin, Texas. ANRA's territorial jurisdiction consists of 8,500 square miles that lie wholly or in part of the following counties: Van Zandt, Smith, Henderson, Newton, Cherokee, Anderson, Rusk, Houston, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Shelby, Angelina, Trinity, Sabine, Polk, Jasper, and Orange.