Trans-Pecos Water and Land Trust

Trans Pecos Water Trust is a non-profit organization working to improve the flows of the Rio Grande in far west Texas and the Big Bend.   100% of the money raised from individual donors goes to direct project costs, funding solutions in areas of greatest need.

The Trust’s board of directors is composed primarily of local ranchers, farmers and area residents that recognize landowner stewardship and understand the natural and cultural heritage and economic value of the Rio Grande.   

Trans Pecos Water Trust is modeled after successful water trusts located in Oregon and Washington, and following this model the Trust has successfully leased almost 2000 acre feet of Rio Grande water rights for instream flows.   An instream use is a beneficial use of water for such purposes as water quality, recreation, aquatic and riparian wildlife habitat, fisheries, wildlife preserves, and livestock.   Under Texas Water Code, permitted water rights that are not put to beneficial use during a consecutive 10 year period are subject to cancellation by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

In addition to working to secure and protect instream flows, the Trust assists private and public landowners in protecting springs, removing non-native invasive plants, rehabilitating river banks, flood plain, and neighboring grasslands.

Among the Trust’s guiding principles is respect for private property rights,  recognition of landowner stewardship, and the cultural heritage associated with the Rio Grande and its tributaries in far west Texas.


Contact Trans-Pecos Water and Land Trust

601 North State Street
PO Box 314
Fort Davis, Texas  79734
Phone: 432 426-2244


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Brewster County, Texas
  • Culberson County, Texas
  • El Paso County, Texas
  • Hudspeth County, Texas
  • Jeff Davis County, Texas
  • Loving County, Texas
  • Pecos County, Texas
  • Presidio County, Texas
  • Reeves County, Texas
  • Terrell County, Texas
  • Ward County, Texas

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