Nueces River Authority

Executive Staff

Executive Director

The Board of Directors selects and retains an Executive Director for managing the day-to-day operations for the Authority.  The Executive Director when so authorized by the Board or the Executive Committee executes contracts, obligations, conveyances, and other instruments, prepares for the review of the Finance Committee an approval by the Board an annual budget for the Authority.  The fiscal year is  from September 1 – August 31 of each year.  The Executive Director must be a certified governmental investment officer and oversees the investment of the funds of the Authority.

The Executive Director employs administrative and operations personnel to conduct the activities of the Authority.  The number of employees is entitled by the annual operating budget.

Deputy Executive Director

The Deputy Executive Director reports to the Executive Director and oversees the operations of the Resource Protection and Education Department.  Resource protection includes the implementation of the Clean Rivers Program, Up2U Campaign, Pull. Kill. Plant Arundo Control Project, the Remarkable Riparian Program and the contracts associated with those projects.  The Education Program includes the preparation and of hands-on classroom presentations to education young students on how pollutants enter and contaminate rivers and aquifers.     

John J. Byrum II
Executive Director

As a student in Robinson ISD attending an elementary school field trip to the water treatment plant in nearby Waco, John realized he wanted a career in the water industry.  After high school he continued his education at Texas State Technical College graduating with an Associate of Science in Environmental Engineering, University of Houston-Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts/Sciences with emphasis in Management and attending graduate school at the University of Texas San Antonio’s School of Public Administration.  John has served as Assistant Director of Public Works – Operations for the City of San Angelo, Director Water/Wastewater for the City of Victoria, Director of Water Production for the San Antonio Water System, and Assistant Director of Utilities for Wastewater for the City of Corpus Christi.  John also worked in the private sector serving as Vice-President – Water Transmission for Jindal Tubular, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

John is a Class “A” Water and Wastewater Operator in Texas.  He is past president of the Texas Water Utilities Association.  He is currently a member of the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Association, and the Texas Water Conservation Association.  

In May of 2019 John began as the Executive Director of the Nueces River Authority.  During the first 3 years of his leadership, he completed the construction of the Leakey Regional Wastewater System, formed the Utilities Operations Division, and created the Project Administration/Management division assisting governmental entities within 17,500 square mile Nueces Basin with planning, financing, design, construction, and operation of needed public infrastructure. 

John led the effort to develop the first Strategic Plan for the Authority with emphasis on identifying needs within the basin and creating economic solutions to address those needs.  He is currently leading the challenge of creating the Division of Flood Plain Administration and the Division of Stormwater Management. 

John realizes the importance of education in protecting our water resources.  He is guiding the organization in expanding the Authority’s Resource Protection and Education Division with the goal of providing every 5th and 7th grade student within the basin with the Up To You (↑2U) Education Program.  This program stresses the critical aspects of water quality and how they relate to personal choices we make each day.  Realizing how a presentation on water treatment and quality influenced his career decision at an early age drives his passion to education our children on the importance of doing our part in protecting our precious water resources.  John is committed to use these and all other resources of the Nueces River Authority to reduce the twenty-nine streams currently listed on the state’s list with  impacted water quality.

John and his wife Sandy live in Medina County.  They enjoy their church, First Baptist Hondo, golf, travel and time with their children, grandchildren, and family.   

Vacant
Deputy Executive Director

Vacant

Deputy Executive Director

Suzanne Dipiazza

Adminstrative Assistant to the Executive Director

Suzanne began working for the Nueces River Authority in March 2022. She is very proud to have been born and raised in Texas, in the Dallas area to be exact. She grew up in her mom and dad’s restaurant business where she learned about hard work and taking care of the customer. In her working life, she’s been a restaurant server, a banquet manager for a major hotel, a secretary at a pet food manufacturer, part of the staff at a domestic violence shelter, preceding her move to Uvalde, she was the office manager for the 69th District Attorney’s Office for over ten years. She came to us after working for the County Extension Office over six years.

She is a graduate of the Garland, Texas public school system. She attended Texas Tech University for two years (and is still today, a loyal Texas Tech Red Raider fan). After postponing her education, Suzanne earned her A.S. degree in Mathematics from College of the Mainland in Texas City, and of all the work she’s done outside the home, she is proudest of her work as a math tutor, which she has done both privately and at three different community colleges and has again taken up right here in Uvalde as a volunteer for the St. Henry De Osso center. She can teach math to nearly anybody, but is especially good with young people, and she covers the gamut from basic or remedial, through algebra, all the way through calculus. “All you need is a problem, a pencil (with an eraser) and paper.”  After retirement, Suzanne hopes to complete her education.  As the old cliché goes, “You are never too old to learn”.