Brazos River and Associated Bay and Estuary System: Stakeholder Committee and Expert Science Team
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Basin and Bay Area Stakeholder Committee (BBASC)
Stakeholder committees develop environmental flows recommendations for their river basin and bay system based on their associated science team's recommendations and other factors, including present and future needs of water for other uses.
The Brazos BBASC was appointed by the Environmental Flows Advisory Group (EFAG) on October 1, 2010.
Basin and Bay Area Expert Science Team (BBEST)
Science teams develop environmental flow analyses and a recommended environmental flow regime to support a sound ecological environment for their river basin and bay system. The science teams must consider all reasonably available science, without regard for other water use needs, and make recommendations based solely on the best science available.
The Brazos BBEST was appointed by the BBASC on March 1, 2011.
The Texas Water Code (TWC) required Basin and Bay Area Stakeholder Committees and Expert Science Teams for specific river basin and bay systems. TWC 11.02362 .
Environmental Flows Recommendation Reports
BBEST Environmental Flow Regime Recommendations Report (Submitted to EFAG March 1, 2012)
- Report Appendices (available as compressed files in ".zip" format)
Appendix A (Fish Survey Summaries)
Appendix B (Water Quality & Aquatic Life Monitoring Summaries)
Appendix C (Riparian Analysis)
Appendix D (USGS Gage Summaries)
Appendix E (Hydrological Analyses)
Appendix F (Seasons Analysis)
Appendix G (HEFR Analysis)
Appendix H (PDFs of Reports Cited)
- Environmental Flows Science Advisory Committee (SAC) Review Comments on the Brazos BBEST Report (Submitted to EFAG April 20, 2012)
BBASC Environmental Flow Regime Recommendations Report (Submitted to the EFAG August 31, 2012)
Adopted Environmental Flows Rules
On February 12, 2014, TCEQ adopted environmental flow standards for the Brazos River and its associated bay and estuary system. For more information see the Environmental Flows Rules Web page or view the basin rules [30 TAC, 298(G)].
*The rules the TCEQ makes available on this site as a public service are not a substitute for the official rules as approved and filed with the Office of the Secretary of State. See full disclaimer. The TCEQ assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any information provided on this site. Official copies of TCEQ rules may be obtained by e-mailing email@example.com.
Work Plan for Adaptive Management
After submitting environmental flow recommendations to the TCEQ, the TWC 11.02362(p) requires that the BBASC, assisted by the BBEST, prepare a work plan that:
- establishes a periodic review of the environmental flow recommendations and a schedule for continuing validation or refinement of them
- prescribes monitoring and studies
Once complete, the work plan is submitted to the Environmental Flows Advisory Group (EFAG) for approval.
- Work Plan for Adaptive Management (Submitted November 13, 2013)
Funding Cycles and Projects
The 83rd Texas Legislature appropriated $2,000,000 to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) for the continued study of environmental flows and instream flows for Texas river basins.
- $312,500 was approved by the EFAG for projects in the 2013 Brazos BBASC Work Plan
- Studies concluded on August 31, 2015
- Supporting documents:
SAC Funding Recommendation Letter
EFAG Approval of Appropriation HB4 Contingency Rider
- Final Project Report:
Instream Flows Research and Validation Methodology Framework and Brazos Estuary Characterization
The 84th Texas Legislature appropriated $2,000,000 to TWDB for the continued study of environmental flows and instream flows for Texas river basins.
- $300,000 was granted by TWDB for projects in the 2013 Brazos BBASC Work Plan
- Studies will conclude on August 31, 2017