Keep the Brazos River Flowing

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Keep the Brazos

Flowing

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Water demands in the Brazos region

are expected to triple by 2060

At 840 miles, the Brazos River is the longest river in Texas.

It serves the lifeblood for communities from the Llano Estacado (Texas Panhandle) to south of Dallas-Fort Worth, through Waco, and on to the Gulf of Mexico.

Amid rapid population growth and prolonged drought, competition for river water has intensified. Groups in the upper and middle portions of the basin promote limiting or reducing flows downstream.

The most recent drought was declared over in May of 2015 by the Texas State Climatologist and Texas Water Development Board. Still, state water agencies, and the Brazos River Watermaster in particular, must continue to plan, manage, and regulate water use along the Brazos River in accordance with state law.

It is well documented that Texas is a state with recurring droughts that are often extreme. Nonetheless, whether the basin is experiencing drought or not, water resources in the Brazos River are stretched to the limit.

Water supplies that are currently available from the river on a long-term, year-to-year basis – even during drought – are fully allocated. Cities, farmers, ranchers, and industries along the river banks already have spoken for this “firm water.”

That’s why the Lower Brazos River Coalition works to keep water flowing down the entire length of the river. Toward that end, the Coalition stands ready to work with the appropriate entities on necessary development and management of water resources.

In short, the Coalition supports responsible, balanced management of the Brazos River.

Act Now

The first step is to learn about the issues surrounding the lower Brazos River basin and then engage in the programs of education and advocacy of the LBRC.

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Latest News

The Lower Brazos River Coalition filed an amicus brief on Dec. 2 in support of the Brazos River Authority’s legal move to require the City of Houston to proceed with the sale of its share of the proposed Allens Creek Reservoir to the River Authority.
Read more here.

LBRC urges early progress on the proposed Allens Creek Reservoir. Read the news release issued on June 27, 2019.

LBRC 2018 Fall Membership Luncheon – See photos from  Nov. 8, 2018

LBRC 2018 Spring Membership Luncheon – See photos from May 9, 2018 

LBRC FALL MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON – See photos from Nov. 8, 2017

Water is a limiting factor for South Texas rice – January 22, 2018 – Southwest FarmPress

Coalition seeks clarity on water for downstream users. In an amicus brief filed on Sept. 11, 2017, the Coalition is asking for clarification of when and under what circumstances wastewater becomes available water.

Photos from the LBRC Spring Luncheon on May 31.

Forecasters look to possibility of El Nino’s return this year – April 21, 2017 – Brazos River Authority

Photos from the LBRC fall luncheon Nov. 9

Long-sought water permit will let Brazos River Authority sell more water – August 29, 2016 – Waco Tribune

Water release protocol and how to track the flow of the Brazos River – April 19, 2016 – Brazos River Authority

In major water case, win for farmers is loss for cities – February 19, 2016 – Texas Tribune

Win for farmers confirms state water rights system – February 19, 2016 – Austin American-Statesman

Brazos River Authority close to winning long-sought water rights expansion – February 5, 2016 – Waco Tribune

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