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Brady Creek: Developing a Watershed Protection Plan

A project that developed a watershed protection plan for Brady Creek in the city of Brady, which is within the Colorado River Basin.

Background

Since 2004, the urbanized part of Brady Creek in the city of Brady has had dissolved oxygen levels that are lower than optimal for the support of aquatic life. The low oxygen levels have been linked to the construction of Brady Lake in the 1960s, which interrupted the previous flow pattern in the river below the dam.

The resulting extensive algae blooms and several fish kills prompted the Upper Colorado River Authority (UCRA) and local partners to initiate a watershed protection plan for the creek.

A previous project developed a Brady Creek Watershed Characterization. That characterization developed water quality data and watershed modeling results that contributed significantly to development of the WPP.

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Project Description

In 2016, UCRA completed a WPP for Brady Creek (Segments 1416A, 1416B, and 1416C), which EPA accepted the same year. The primary goal of the WPP is to improve dissolved oxygen to levels that fully support aquatic life in the stream.

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For More Information

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