The Guadalupe River is one of the most biologically diverse rivers in the USA.
W. A. "Bill" Blackwell is a resident of Cuero. He graduated with a BBA degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and is President of W.A. Blackwell Ranches, LLC. Blackwell was appointed to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority in 1989 by Governor Bill Clements to represent DeWitt County, and was re-appointed by Governor George W. Bush in 1995. He served as GBRA Chair during his tenure. Blackwell is one of the original trustees of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust.
Blackwell is President of the Cuero Community Foundation and Treasurer of the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum. He is a current member of the Cuero I.S.D. Education Foundation, current member and former Senior Warden of Grace Episcopal Church and current member and former President of the Cuero Rotary Club as well as the Victoria College Foundation.
Blackwell retired as President and Managing Officer of Wells Fargo Bank-Cuero. He was a former Chairman of the Board of the Texas Bankers Association Service Company and a former member of the American Bankers Association Community Bankers Council and the Board of Directors of the Texas Bankers Association.
Blackwell and his wife, Nancy, have three daughters, Ashley, Stephanie, and Courtney and eight grandchildren.