Water Planning Data for Region G - Brazos

Brazos River - From a point immediately upstream of the confluence of Camp Creek in Bosque/Johnson County upstream to DeCordova Bend Dam in Hood County (TNRCC classified stream segment 1204).

Biological function - Texas Natural Rivers System nominee for outstandingly remarkable wildlife values (NPS, 1995)
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - rated #1 scenic and recreational river in the northern half of Texas (NPS, 1995)

Brazos River - From the Palo Pinto/Parker County line upstream to Morris Shepphard Dam in Palo Pinto County (within TNRCC classified stream segment 1206).

Biological function - Texas Natural Rivers System nominee for outstandingly remarkable wildlife values, top 100 Texas Natural Areas list (NPS, 1995)
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - rated #1 scenic and recreational river in the northern half of Texas (NPS, 1995)
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities - very rare, endemic Texas fawnsfoot freshwater mussel (Howells, 1997)

Colony Creek - From the confluence with the Leon River 4.5 miles southeast of Merriman in Eastland County upstream to the headwaters in north Eastland County.

High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - ecoregion stream; high water quality, diverse benthic macroinvertebrate community (Bayer et al., 1992)

Colorado River - From a point immediately upstream of the confluence of Yancey Creek in Burnet/San Saba/Lampasas County upstream to the Lampasas/Mills/San Saba County line (within TNRCC classified stream segment 1409).

High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - exceptional aesthetic value (NPS, 1995)
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities - Concho water snake (Fed.T/St.T) (Bayer et al., 1992)

Cow Bayou - From the confluence with the Brazos River six miles northwest of Marlin in Falls County upstream to the union of North and South Cow bayous one mile north of Mooresville in Falls County.

High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - ecoregion stream; high water quality, diverse benthic macroinvertebrate community (Bayer et al., 1992)

Double Mountain Fork Brazos River - From the confluence with Salt Fork Brazos River in Haskell County upstream to Kent/Garza county line.

Biological function - prairie stream ecosystem displays significant overall habitat value (Moss and Mayes, 1993)
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities - exemplary native prarie-stream fish community, including the sharpnose shiner (SOC) and smalleye shiner (SOC) (Moss and Mayes, 1993)

Lake Creek - From the confluence with the West Fork of the San Jacinto River south of Conroe in Montgomery County upstream to a point 2.5 miles upstream of SH 30 in Grimes County (TNRCC classified stream segment 1015).

Biological function - bottomland hardwood habitat displays significant overall habitat value (Goodson Pocket) (S. Smith, 1999, pers. comm.; A. Sipocz, 1999, pers. comm.; J. Woodrow, 1999, pers. comm.); High biodiversity (Moring et al., 1998)
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - ecoregion stream; high water quality, diverse benthic macroinvertebrate community (Bayer et al., 1992 and Davis, 1998)

Little River - From the confluence with the Brazos River in Milam County upstream to the confluence of the Leon and Lampasas rivers in Bell County (TNRCC classified stream segment 1213).

High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - high aquatic life use, as opposed to exceptional (TNRCC, 1996)
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities - unique community, including a thriving mussel population (J. Henson, 1999, pers. comm.)

Neils Creek - From the confluence with the Bosque River 6.5 miles southeast of Clifton in Bosque County upstream to the union of the North and Middle forks of Neils Creek in the southern extremity of Bosque County.

High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - ecoregion stream; high water quality, diverse benthic macroinvertebrate community (Bayer et al., 1992)

North Fork Double Mountain Brazos River - From the confluence with Double Mountain Fork Brazos River in Kent County upstream to Kent/Garza County line.

Biological function - prairie stream ecosystem displays significant overall habitat value (Moss and Mayes, 1993)
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities - exemplary native prarie-stream fish community, including the sharpnose shiner (SOC) and smalleye shiner (SOC) (Moss and Mayes, 1993)

Paluxy River - From the confluence with the Brazos River in Somervell County upstream to the confluence of the North and South Paluxy Rivers in Erath County (within TNRCC classified stream segment 1229).

Riparian conservation area - Dinosaur Valley State Park (National Natural Landmark)

Salt Fork Brazos River - From Knox/Baylor county line upstream to Kent/Garza county line.

Biological function - prairie stream ecosystem displays significant overall habitat value (Moss and Mayes, 1993)
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities - exemplary native prairie-stream fish community, including the sharpnose shiner (SOC) and smalleye shiner (SOC) (Moss and Mayes, 1993)

San Gabriel - From the confluence with the Little River in Milam County upstream to Granger Lake Dam in Williamson County (TNRCC classified stream segment 1214).

Riparian conservation area - Pecan Grove Wildlife Area
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - high aquatic life use, as opposed to exceptional (TNRCC, 1996);
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities - exemplary natural fish community (G. Linam, 2000, pers. comm.)

Steele Creek - From the confluence with the Brazos River two miles east of Fowler in Bosque County upstream to the headwaters two miles west of Walnut in north Bosque County.

High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - ecoregion stream; high water quality, diverse fish community (Bayer et al., 1992; Linam et al., 1999)

Willis Creek - From the confluence with the San Gabriel River eight miles southeast of Granger in Williamson County upstream to the headwaters in Corn Hill in Williamson County.

High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - ecoregion stream; diverse benthic macroinvertebrate community (Bayer et al., 1992)

References

Bayer, C.W., J.R. Davis, S.R. Twidwell, R. Kleinsasser, G. Linam, K. Mayes, and E. Hornig. 1992. Texas aquatic ecoregion project: an assessment of least disturbed streams (draft). Texas Water Commission, Austin, Texas.

Davis, J.R. 1998. Personal communication. Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Austin, Texas.

Henson, J. 1999. Personal communication. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Bryan, Texas.

Howells, R.G. 1997. Distributional surveys of freshwater bivalves in Texas: progress report for 1996. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Management Data Series 144, Austin, Texas.

Linam, G.W. 2000. Personal communication. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, San Marcos, Texas.

Linam, G.W., L.J. Kleinsasser, and K. Mayes. 1999. Regionalization of the index of biotic integrity for Texas streams (draft - in review). Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, River Studies Report No. 16, Austin, Texas.

Moring, J., J. Rosendale, S. Ansley, and D. Brown. 1998. Fish, benthic macroinvertebrate, and stream habitat data from the Houston-Galveston Area Council Service Area, Texas, 1997-1998. United States Geological Survey, Austin, Texas.

Moss, R.E. and K.B. Mayes. 1993. Current status of Notropis buccula and Notropis oxyrhynchus in Texas. River Studies Report No. 8, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Austin, Texas.

National Park Service. 1995. The nationwide rivers inventory. United States Department of the Interior, Washington, DC.

Sipocz, A. 1999. Personal communication. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Houston, Texas.

Smith, S. 1999. Personal communication. Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Houston, Texas.

Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC). 1996. Texas surface water quality standards. Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Austin, Texas.

Woodrow, J. 1999. Personal communication. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Houston, Texas.


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