About the District

The Upper Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District (District or WCID) is responsible for operation and maintenance of 23 flood control structures within the Upper Brushy Creek watershed in the Brazos River Basin of Williamson County, Texas. Most of the dams are located around the cities of Round Rock, Leander, Cedar Park and Hutto.

The District was originally a part of the Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 of Williamson and Milam Counties. This original district, created in 1957, served as the local sponsor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Soil Conservation Service's construction of 46 dams within the Brushy Creek watershed. Built as low-hazard dams in rural areas at the time of construction, these structures are now in rapidly-developing areas and have a high-hazard risk classification.

Dam Safety Program

In November 2001, voters approved splitting the original WCID into two separate districts. In May 2002, voters in the newly formed Upper Brushy Creek WCID authorized an ad valorem tax of up to 2 cents per $100 of property valuation to fund a Dam Safety Program for the District's 23 dams.

The purpose of the District's dam safety program is to upgrade the existing dams to newer, more stringent state design/safety regulations. Winner of the 2008 Association of State Dam Safety Officials Western Regional Award of Merit, the program is currently ahead of the original, projected 10-year schedule.