The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 262
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deep enough to accommodate large vessels in the old channel
have added to the importance of the river."9
The Texas Legislature in 1929 created the Brazos River Con-
servation and Reclamation District, which has formulated and
directed the entire Brazos Basin program. By change of name the
organization became the Brazos River Authority in 1953. It has
been described as the first authority ever set up to administer the
water of a major river; it became the model for all other author-
ities, state and federal.80
Already three great dams, Possum Kingdom, Whitney, and Bel-
ton, as well as many smaller reservoirs, have been constructed.
The master plan for development calls for thirteen more dams
on the river or its tributaries, not including certain small works
for local water supply.81
The Brazos River, so important to the early explorers, travelers,
and settlers, as well as to military strategy just before the battle
of San Jacinto, continues to be a vital link in Texas to those who
live beside it and is significant in the economy of the state as a
9oHandbook of Texas, II, 836.
8oBrazos River Valley Facts, 2.
slIbid., 1-3; Handbook of Texas, I, 212.
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