CONTENT PAID FOR BY UPPER BRUSHY CREEK WCID
We operate and maintain more than 20 earthen dams that help manage flash floods.
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The Upper Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District (WCID) was created to help control erosion and reduce flooding. The District spans from Leander eastward to Hutto and is home to over 400,000 people and more than 20 District-managed dams. SETTING THE FOUNDATION The original WCID was created by the Texas Legislature in 1957 to be the local sponsor of dams built by the federal Soil Conservation Service. Earthen dams were identified as the most efficient and effective way to reduce flood damage. Construction of the District’s earthen dams was complete by 1966. GROWTH AND MODERNIZATION Rapid urbanization coupled with increased dam safety regulations resulted in the State desig- nating almost all the WCID dams in the District’s western half as high hazard due to downstream risks. The designation drove voters to split the District into the Upper and Lower Brushy Creek WCID. In 2001, the Upper Brushy Creek voters approved a two-cent tax rate to fund operations, dam maintenance, and the Capital Improvement projects. CONTINUED COMMITMENT A few years ago, the District achieved the first comprehensive update to area flood models in more than 30 years. Those models, collaboration with city and county partners, and community feedback were leveraged to develop a Flood Protection Plan. The Plan identified areas with the greatest flood risks within the District and potential solutions to reduce risks and flood damage in those areas. In addition, the District recently completed a comprehensive assessment of its aging dams to identify and prioritize key projects that enhance dam safety and longevity.
Texas is home to one of the most flash flood prone regions in North America. Our region gets so much rain, we’ve been nicknamed...
Our region gets as much rain as London and nearly as much as Seattle... but it falls in half the days!
The District’s next steps include rehabilitation of the aging dams to ensure they continue to safely provide the much-needed flood protection for the next 50+ years. The District also continues to assess and collaborate on regional-scale solutions that would protect lives and minimize property damage from creek flooding.
Our region has changed since the dams were built!
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