Did you know that the Salt Fork of the Brazos River acquired its name because it flows across salt deposits left behind by an ancient salt sea? Or, that a 50-year flood event is one that has a two percent chance of occurring in any given year? If you’re interested in water related information, the BRA provides resources that will answer these and many other questions.
The Brazos River Authority provides you with opportunities to learn about projects and services within the Brazos basin as well as water issues and concerns in general. There are several educational resources available through the BRA’s website. Water School, an educational blog with questions and answers classified by category, provides a searchable database with short answers to your water questions. The BRA’s resource library provides a comprehensive listing of articles by topic, providing detailed background into BRA projects and services as well as basic water concerns.
For instance, did you know:
- The Brazos River has two mouths. The natural mouth of the river in the Gulf of Mexico was located at Quintana, two miles southeast of Freeport. However, shifting Gulf sandbars created a hazard to shipping and in 1929 the US Army Corps of Engineers diverted the mouth of the river a few miles down the coast. For more information, click here.
- There may be little difference between that bottle of water you buy at the store and the water that comes out of your tap at home. It all depends on the source. While some water is taken from artesian wells and other groundwater sources, often water company’s bottle water taken from city water supplies, possibly in your town or another nearby. For more, please go to this link.
- Lakes have lifetimes. Streams and rivers carry sediment, which settles onto the lake bed when the water is stopped by a dam. This sediment builds up year after year and at some point, fills the lake to a point it can no longer continue to serve its purpose in flood control or water supply. Please go here for details.
For more water topics, visit the BRA’s Education Resource page here.