Brady Creek has been listed as impaired for depressed dissolved oxygen (DO) since early 2000 and the UCRA has been working with the City of Brady for over 20 years to construct storm water improvements, develop a Brady Creek Master Plan, a Watershed Characterization Plan and complete a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) with federal funds received from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The program is managed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Nonpoint Source Pollution Program.
UCRA submitted a completed WPP to TCEQ and the plan was approved in 2016. The goal of the plan is to improve water quality within the impaired segment and protect the integrity of the remaining watershed. Following approval of the WPP, a grant application was submitted by UCRA for the first phase of an implementation project. Notification of award was received and a contract executed on September 1, 2017. The primary objective of this intial phase of implementation will be to improve 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 will be implementing two of the Best Management Practices (BMPs) recommended in the WPP:
The installation of a demonstration structural BMP
A comprehensive education and outreach program.
The design firm of Carter Fentress Engineering was selected in May 2019 and it is anticpated that construction will begin in February 2020 with the installation of a vortex separator. The construction phase should be completed by April of 2020.. The education and outreach program is underway with an active stakeholder group and plans for several community outreach events as well as the development of partnerships with various local agencies and organizations representing a multigenerational audience.