Water School

Archive by tag: corpsReturn

Why are there federal reservoirs in the Brazos River basin?

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 cont...
Read More

What is an estuary?

An estuary is a place where fresh and salt water mix, for example, a bay, salt marsh or where a river enters the ocean or Gulf of Mexico.The Brazos River estuary is located on the upper Texas coast and is a riverine estuary that flows directly into the Gulf of Mexico rather than into a system of bays. Riverine estuaries, like the Brazos River estuary, are unique in that the area of the estuary is dependent on freshwater inflows versus typical bay like estuaries that are also influenced by evapor...
Read More

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.

If you have questions about a post or would like additional information, please contact us or call 888-922-6272.

cfs ground water taste classification drinking water solids drilling boating storage parasite basin sewage rain minerals aerobic hydrilla invasive plants electric companies appropriation watercourse hunting water quality beneficial use Board lake level estuary mainstem kayak wetlands sanitation industrial jobs septic tributary riverine spring camping stream salt water system limestone fish kill soil sediment industry recreation pollutants subsidence district dock supply mgd inundated smell bay water use indirect re-use PAM reservoirs wildlife mitigation reservoir consumption possum kingdom salinity measure agriculture infection canoe calcium meta tag permit conservation precipitation lake river TCEQ channel fishing water cycle wastewater water treatment hydropower volume organic treatment authority acre-feet water supply USGS riparian algae medicine pharmaceuticals wetland landscaping allens creek reservoir gage runoff inland governance monitor legislation flood pool golden algea speaker contract evaporation water rights spillway xeriscape chlorine farming aquifer gas turbidity watershed flood control lake hydrology environment brackish water plants gulf releases planning filter depth flood quality main stem dissolved solids chlorides habitat lake levels impound E coli lawn water clarity subsidence corps of engineers water code drought biosolids subwatershed effluent bottled water water planning gate sludge granbury streamflow corps environmental septic system dam hydrologic cycle municipal mission electricity marsh oxygen surface water map clarity employment acre-foot contaminants streamflow groundwater agricultural fertilizer lakes golden algae potable E. coli direct re-use costs climate fork insurance well rights bed and banks emergency use anaerobic maps canoeing use