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Brady Creek Watershed Protection Plan Implementation

Upper Colorado River Authority is implementing best management practices to remove debris, sediment, and oil and grease from storm water in the City of Brady and to promote the restoration of Brady Creek.

Map of the Brady Creek watershed with stream segments

Project Area

River Basin: Colorado

Water Body: Brady Creek (1416A)

Location: Brady and McCulloch counties


Brady Creek, an unclassified water body and a tributary of the San Saba River, has not met state water quality standards for aquatic-life use since 2004 due to low levels of dissolved oxygen. The Upper Colorado River Authority (UCRA) and watershed stakeholders developed the Brady Creek Watershed Protection Plan (WPP), which was accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2016. The WPP identifies best management practices to increase flow, reduce the amount of pollutants entering Brady Creek and to raise dissolved oxygen levels that support aquatic life.

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Project Descriptions

September 2017 – February 2023

UCRA implemented several recommendations in the Brady Creek WPP including a vortex hydrodynamic separator and an education and outreach program. Vortex hydrodynamic separators are flow-through structures used to remove sediment and other pollutants from stormwater. UCRA installed the first vortex separator in Subbasin I, the section of the Brady Creek watershed with the largest contribution of urban runoff. UCRA conducted stormwater monitoring to determine the hydrodynamic separator's effectiveness in reducing pollutants released into the creek.

September 2023 – August 2027

UCRA will install a second vortex hydrodynamic separator in the Brady Creek watershed. This separator will be located in Subbasin K, where modelling conducted during WPP development indicated it will reduce total suspended sediment and biological oxygen demand loadings by 50%. UCRA will also monitor water quality to provide valuable data for adaptive management planning and serve to catalyze further adoption and implementation of the remaining management measures recommended in the WPP. In addition, UCRA will continue an extensive education and outreach program.

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For More Information

UCRA's Brady Creek WPP Implementation webpage

To find out more about the NPS Program, call 512-239-6682 or email us at

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