Identify environmental water transactions to support flow restoration in the lower Brazo

Project Description

Identify environmental water transactions to support flow restoration in the lower Brazos and it's tributaries and pursue leases/purchases/forbearance agreements, etc.; overlay fish and mussel occurrences to identify priority reaches and tributaries; use results of EFIT analysis on hydrologic alteration and deficits

Conservation Area

Middle Brazos River Native Fish Conservation Area, San Gabriel River Native Fish Conservation Area, Lower Brazos River Native Fish Conservation Area

NFCA Objectives

Project Hierarchy: Moderate (i.e., needs to occur within the next 3-5 years)
Estimated Cost Range: $300,000-$400,000
Project Submitted By: Kevin Mayes, TPWD
Suggested Contact: Ryan Smith and Kyle Garmany

combined with other restoration activities, flow restoration would support increased attainment of subsistence and base flows needed for fish and mussels esp. during dry times, hot summers. Full implementation could lead to reintroductions of imperiled species (smalleye shiner and sharpnose shiner e.g.)

TNC, COE, BRA,

SWG, Fish stamp, NFHP, restitution, royalties from permitting

Project Status

  • Suggested
  • Ongoing
  • Completed

Project Location

The middle and lower Brazos watersheds and tributaries would be evaluated for best bang for buck voluntary agreements