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North Concho River Pilot Brush Control Project

Beginning in 1999, the Texas Legislature directed the TSSWCB to begin implementing the Texas Brush Control Program (now the Water Supply Enhancement Program) in the North Concho River watershed. This pilot brush control project was appropriated $16 million in fiscal years 2000-2003. There are numerous publications from TSSWCB and collaborating partners that have discussed the pilot North Concho project over the years. All of these previously published documents have been available to the public, including a peer-reviewed journal article discussing the environmental outcomes of the project. Many of the changes implemented in the Program due to House Bill 1808 (82nd Legislature) stem from lessons learned during the pilot North Concho project

This webpage serves as a compilation of previously published materials pertaining to the pilot North Concho project, including one peer-reviewed journal article, two agency program annual reports, one agency brochure, two project reports for an associated water quality project, and the original brush control feasibility study.

North Concho River Watershed: Brush Control Planning, Assessment and Feasibility Study

  • published by the Upper Colorado River Authority in 1999
  • original feasibility study, funded by the Texas Water Development Board, for the North Concho River above O.C. Fisher Lake pilot brush control project
  • posted on the TSSWCB website at http://www.tsswcb.texas.gov/reports#feasibilitystudy

North Concho River Watershed Restoration Hydrologic Response Monitoring and Research 2000-2006

  • published by the Upper Colorado River Authority and the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research in May 2006
  • project interim report submitted to TSSWCB associated with the Clean Water Act §319(h)-funded project 04-13; while this is a water quality project, this report contains significant content regarding brush control and water supply
  • posted on the TSSWCB website at http://www.tsswcb.texas.gov/managementprogram/conchowpp

North Concho River Pilot Brush Control Project

  • published by TSSWCB in 2006
  • brochure developed by the Texas Water Resources Institute and the Upper Colorado River Authority for TSSWCB regarding the pilot brush control project
  • posted on the TSSWCB website at http://www.tsswcb.texas.gov/reports#feasibilitystudy

TSSWCB Brush Control Program 2007 Annual Report

  • published by TSSWCB in January 2008
  • Program Annual Report that provides a one-page summary of project efforts in the North Concho River watershed; this is the last annual report that includes a description related to the pilot North Concho project
  • posted on the TSSWCB website at http://www.tsswcb.texas.gov/reports#wsep

Effect of brush control on evapotranspiration in the North Concho River watershed using the eddy covariance technique

  • published in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation in the September/October 2009 issue; authors include staff at the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research and the Upper Colorado River Authority
  • peer-reviewed scientific literature that discusses the environmental outcomes of the project based on research (funded by TSSWCB) conducted on brush control in the North Concho River watershed
  • posted on the TSSWCB website at http://www.tsswcb.texas.gov/brushcontrol#reports

Concho River Watershed Protection Plan

  • published by the Upper Colorado River Authority in May 2011
  • project final report submitted to TSSWCB associated with the Clean Water Act §319(h)-funded project 04-13; while this is a water quality project, this report contains significant content regarding brush control and water supply
  • posted on the TSSWCB website at http://www.tsswcb.texas.gov/managementprogram/conchowpp

TSSWCB Water Supply Enhancement Program 2011 Annual Report

  • published by TSSWCB in January 2012
  • Program Annual Report that provides a table of all projects with acres of brush treated and water yield enhanced; this is the last annual report that includes data related to the completed pilot North Concho project
  • posted on the TSSWCB website at http://www.tsswcb.texas.gov/reports#wsep

This webpage was last updated on 10/02/2014.