In response to interests expressed by residents of the Brazos
Valley and Lower Brazos watersheds, the Brazos River Authority
has secured state and federal funding
from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the project, Quality
Water for the Brazos Community . This project supports
the efforts of the local community to manage resources in
the area so that both the water quality and economic objectives
of area residents are met. The project provides area
residents with sound scientific data and an organized structure
for data evaluation and non-regulatory decision-making.
The scientific studies for the project began in 1998 and
will be complete in the year 2005. In addition to the project
specific monitoring, various other water
quality information are available for the study
To provide an organizational structure for data evaluation
and decision-making, a Watershed
Task Force (WTF) was created. The WTF may
add members, if they deem appropriate, as the project progresses. The
WTF members represent the municipal, industrial, agricultural,
and general public interest of the area residents.
The Watershed Task Force met four times in both 2000 and
2001. It is planned that the WTF will also meet four
times in 2002 and continue this practice until 2005. All Task
Force meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity
for public comment is provided at each meeting.
Administrative support for the Task Force is provided by
the Brazos River Authority. Technical support is provided
by a number of entities including the Texas Natural Resource
Conservation Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Department, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas
A&M University, and the Texas Institute of Applied Environmental
Research at Tarleton University.
The specific project objectives are as follows:
. Develop a baseline characterization of
water quality, aquatic biological communities, and land
uses in the study area to facilitate development of a watershed
management program based on sound science.
. Determine if there are existing and/or
potential water quality concerns. If concerns are identified,
address the concerns through proactive, voluntary management
programs developed by stakeholders in the watersheds. To
facilitate the development of effective management programs
that are supportive of both the protection of water resources
and the continued growth of the agricultural, industrial,
and urban sectors of the economy, stakeholders will be provided
access to resource people that can discuss management approaches
and technology being used effectively in other watersheds.
. Identify funding needs and resources to
implement selected management programs.