BRADY CREEK WATERSHED PROTECTION PLAN (WPP) IMPLEMENTATION PROJECT
Brady Creek has been listed as impaired for depressed dissolved oxygen (DO) since the early 2000's. UCRA has worked with the City of Brady to construct storm water improvements, develop a Brady Creek Master Plan & Watershed Characterization Plan and to complete a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) with federal funds received from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Nonpoint Source Management Program. The program is managed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Nonpoint Source Pollution Program.
The goal of the WPP is to improve water quality within the impaired segment and to protect the integrity of the remaining watershed. UCRA received grant funding for the first phase of the WPP Implementation Project in September 2017. The primary objective of this initial phase of implementation is to improve the DO in the impaired segment to a level that is fully supportive of the aquatic life use criteria. Total cost to implement this phase of the project is $373,980.
UCRA is implementing two of the Best Management Practices (BMPs) recommended in the WPP; the installation of a demonstration structural BMP and a comprehensive education and outreach program. The City of Brady is a full partner in these endeavors.
Installation of a vortex separator for the demonstration site was completed in July 2020 and monitoring is conducted as storm events occur. The City of Brady was an vital part of the construction process. An education and outreach program is in progress with plans to engage stakeholders and the community in new and creative ways due to some of the restrictions in place with the current pandemic.