A century ago, as the growing pioneer community of Brownwood was developing into a retail trade center, the need for flood prevention for the business and residential center of the county was tragically obvious. That need led to the construction of Lake Brownwood, which has been one of – if not the single – most important project for the growth of this area. And with water becoming an even more previous resource in the 21st century, its worth will be proven repeatedly.
The 58 flood control dams scattered throughout the county may not be as universally recognized for their success in controlling flood waters downstream, but they would be greatly missed if this community did not have them.
With many of them now approaching 50 years of service, their efficiency is declining. On Monday, Brown County Commissioners toured one such dam near Cross Cut where repair and restructuring work has been under way on an 11-acre site. For a 10 percent participation, including some in-kind work, the county is getting a $275,000 project in return.
The principals in this work are the Pecan Bayou Soil and Water Conservation District, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, Brown County and the City of Brownwood. It takes this type of cooperation for improvements of this scope to be realized, and local residents will be enjoying the benefits of it for decades to come – even if they don’t realize it.