By now you may have heard that the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) is undergoing Sunset Review.  But what does that mean exactly?

What is the Sunset Advisory Commission
  • The Sunset Advisory Commission is an agency established by the Texas Legislature that evaluates state programs and agencies to ensure they are meeting their mission. It is governed by a 12-member board made up of five senators, five representatives, and two members of the public appointed by the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House. The Commission may make recommendations to the legislature regarding any need for performance or operational improvements.
What is a Sunset Review
  • The Sunset Advisory Commission conducts a Sunset Review of an agency every 12 years. The Review is an assessment of the effectiveness and performance of a program or agency in accomplishing its legislatively-mandated mission. During the Sunset Review process, the Commission reviews the agency’s Self-Evaluation Report (SER), considers feedback from stakeholders and the public, hears public testimony, compiles a staff report, and decides on any changes to bring to the full legislature during the next legislative session.

And now it is SJRA’s turn.

What Happens at the End
  • The Sunset Advisory Commission holds a hearing in Austin to review the report and findings.
  • The Sunset Advisory Commission may make recommendations regarding any need for performance or operational improvements to the Texas Legislature during the next Legislative session in 2021.

This process gives SJRA the opportunity to tell the Commission about who we are and what we do while also expressing how proud we are of our team and the public service we provide across all our Divisions.

SJRA is pleased to work with the Sunset Commission staff to review SJRA’s operations and identify areas where we can improve our service to our customers and the community.

For more information on Sunset, visit our website at

One of the major river authorities in Texas, SJRA’s mission is to develop, conserve, and protect the water resources of the San Jacinto River basin.  Covering all or part of seven counties, the organization’s jurisdiction includes the entire San Jacinto River watershed, excluding Harris County.  For additional information on SJRA visit our website at, like SJRA on Facebook @SanJacintoRiverAuthority, follow us on Twitter @SJRA_1937, find us on Instagram @sanjacintoriverauthoritySJRA, or connect with us on LinkedIn @San Jacinto River Authority.

Watersheds of the San Jacinto Basin