Brackish Resources Aquifer Characterization System (BRACS)

One challenging issue - and a potential roadblock to the more widespread development of brackish groundwater - is the lack of detailed information on brackish aquifers. In 2003, a TWDB-funded study laid the foundation for determining brackish groundwater volumes and estimated Texas has approximately 2.7 billion acre-feet of brackish groundwater. However, the study was by design regional in scope, limited in areal extent, and narrow in its assessment of groundwater quality. In 2009, the 81st Texas Legislature, approved funding to implement the Brackish Resources Aquifers Characterization System (BRACS) program to more thoroughly characterize the brackish aquifers.

Goals of Brackish Resources Aquifer Characterization System:

  • Map and characterize the brackish aquifers of the state in greater detail using existing geophysical well logs and available aquifer data;
  • Build replicable numerical groundwater flow models to estimate aquifer productivity; and
  • Develop parameter-screening tools to help communities assess the viability of their brackish groundwater supplies.

2017 Meeting Announcements

Recent Maps

BRACS Study Areas

BRACS Study Areas

 

Recent TWDB-funded Study Reports

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