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.
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.
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