Brackish Resources Aquifer Characterization System (BRACS)
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. In 2015, the 84th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 30, directing the TWDB to identify and designate brackish groundwater production zones in the state. To learn more about status of zone designation visit our webpage.
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;
2020 Meeting Announcements
- Requesting qualifications for the award of service contracts to conduct certain technical tasks to support brackish groundwater aquifer studies.
- Annual Convention 2020, Texas Ground Water Association, January 21-24, 2020, Frisco, Texas
- 2020 Underground Injection Control Conference, Groundwater Protection Council, February 16-19, 2020, San Antonio, Texas
- 54th Annual Meeting, The Geological Society of America, March 9-10, 2020, Forth Worth, Texas
- Texas Aquifer Conference, American Ground Water Trust, June 3-4, 2020, Austin, Texas
- 2020 Texas Groundwater Summit, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, September 1-3, 2020
- 70th Annual Convention, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies and the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM, Spetember 30 -Ocotber 2, 2020, Lafayette, Louisiana