Water School

Why are there federal reservoirs in the Brazos River basin?

Brazos River Authority water supply reservoirs

The US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) operates eight flood control reservoirs within the Brazos River basin that, through a contract with the federal government, also serve as water supply impoundments for the Brazos River Authority system of reservoirs.

Lakes Proctor, Whitney, Aquilla, Belton, Stillhouse Hollow, Georgetown, Granger, and Somerville store water for use by municipal, agricultural, industrial, and mining use.

Similar to the Authority’s three water supply reservoirs, water contracts are available to lakeside owners for the purpose of watering lawns and livestock. These contracts are available through the Brazos River Authority with approval by the Corps of Engineers.




The information provided on this site is intended as background on water within the Brazos River basin. There should be no expectation that this information is all encompassing, complete or in any way examines every aspect of this very complex natural resource.

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