The Angelina & Neches River Authority (ANRA) is a government entity created by the Texas 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.
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 & 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 Laboratory provides environmental testing services to over 130 clients from throughout the East Texas area. Laboratory clients include numerous municipalities, industries, government agencies, water supply districts, and private individuals. The laboratory also provides analytical services for other ANRA programs including the Texas Clean Rivers Program, Neches Compost Facility, and regional wastewastewater facilties.