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Brazos River Recreational Use Attainability Analysis, Part 1

RUAAs for Allen’s Creek, Davidson Creek, Nolan Creek/South Nolan Creek, Leon River Below Proctor Lake, Resley Creek, South Leon River, Pecan Creek, Indian Creek, Plum Creek, Walnut Creek, Duncan Creek, Sweetwater Creek, Leon River Below Leon Reservoir, Armstrong Creek, Indian Creek, Sims Creek, Little Duffau Creek, Cottonwood Branch, Still Creek, Thompson Creek, Big Creek, Wasp Creek, Willis Creek, Mankins Branch, Upper North Bosque River, Goose Branch, North Fork Upper North Bosque River, Scarborough Creek, unnamed tributary of Goose Branch, unnamed tributary of Scarborough Creek, Woodhollow Branch, Brazos River Basin.

Project Summary

Status: Completed; awaiting EPA approval

Basin Brazos River Basin
Segment Names and Numbers Allen’s Creek, 1202H; Davidson Creek, 1211A; Nolan Creek/South Nolan Creek, 1218; Leon River Below Proctor Lake, 1221; Resley Creek, 1221A; South Leon River, 1221B; Pecan Creek, 1221C; Indian Creek,1221D; Plum Creek, 1221E; Walnut Creek, 1221F; Duncan Creek, 1222A; Sweetwater Creek, 1222E; Leon River Below Leon Reservoir, 1223; Armstrong Creek, 1223A; Indian Creek, 1226E; Sims Creek, 1226F; Little Duffau Creek, 1226K; Cottonwood Branch, 1242B; Still Creek, 1242C; Thompson Creek, 1242D; Big Creek, 1242P; Wasp Creek, 1246E; Willis Creek, 1247A; Mankins Branch, 1248C; Upper North Bosque River, 1255; Goose Branch, 1255A; North Fork Upper North Bosque River, 1255B; Scarborough Creek, 1255C; unnamed tributary of Goose Branch, 1255E; unnamed tributary of Scarborough Creek, 1255F; and Woodhollow Branch, 1255G
Counties Austin, Bell, Brazos, Burleson, Comanche, Coryell, Eastland, Erath, Falls, Hamilton, Limestone, McLennan, Milam, and Williamson
Recreational-Survey Report The TCEQ has completed a report of its Recreational Use Attainability Analysis for this water body.
Public Review of Recreational-Survey Report The comment period for the draft report has concluded. After the comment period on the draft report closed, the TCEQ used the comments to make an informed recommendation for the recreational-use category and criteria to include in the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards.
TCEQ Recommendations

There was a comment period after publishing the recommendations on recreational use. The TCEQ recommended the contact recreation use on Davidson Creek, Nolan Creek/South Nolan Creek, Leon River Below Proctor Lake, Pecan Creek, Plum Creek, Sweetwater Creek, Leon River Below Leon Reservoir, Little Duffau Creek, Still Creek, Mankins Branch, and Upper North Bosque River remain primary contact recreation. The TCEQ recommended the contact recreation use on Allen's Creek, South Leon River, Indian Creek 1226E, Duncan Creek, Sims Creek, Cottonwood Branch, Thompson Creek, Big Creek, Wasp Creek, Willis Creek, and Unnamed tributary of Scarborough Creek be revised to secondary contact recreation 1.  The TCEQ recommended the contact recreation use on Resley Creek, Walnut Creek, Armstrong Creek, Indian Creek 1221D, Goose Branch, North Fork Upper North Bosque River, Scarborough Creek, Unnamed tributary of Goose Branch, and Woodhollow Branch be revised to secondary contact recreation 2. These use changes were included in the 2014 and 2018 Texas Surface Water Quality Standards. The recommendations can be found here:

Final Outcome

The following water bodies have recreation use changes approved by EPA:

  • Allens Creek
  • Indian Creek 1226E
  • Duncan Creek
  • Armstrong Creek
  • Sims Creek
  • Cottonwood Branch
  • Willis Creek
  • Goose Branch
  • North Fork Upper North Bosque River
  • Scarborough Creek
  • Unnamed tributary of Goose Branch
  • Unnamed tributary of Scarborough Creek
  • Woodhollow Branch

The following recreation use changes are awaiting EPA approval:

  • South Leon River
  • Thompson Creek
  • Big Creek
  • Wasp Creek
  • Resley Creek
  • Walnut Creek
  • Indian Creek 1221D

The TCEQ is retaining the primary contact recreation use on the following water bodies: Davidson Creek, Nolan Creek/South Nolan Creek, Leon River Below Proctor Lake, Pecan Creek, Plum Creek, Sweetwater Creek, Leon River Below Leon Reservoir, Little Duffau Creek, Still Creek, Mankins Branch, and Upper North Bosque River.

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Project Report

The RUAA for the Brazos Basin is available for download. The report is in PDF. Approximate file size is shown in parentheses.

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