Braden River near bridge at 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida
|River mouth||Manatee River|
|Length||21 miles (34 km)|
|Basin size||83 square miles (210 km2)|
The hydrology of the Braden River was altered in 1936 when the city of Bradenton created Ward Lake, a reservoir with an 838-foot (255 m) broad-crested weir 6 miles (9.7 km) upstream from the mouth. In 1985 the reservoir, which is the sole source of drinking water for the city of Bradenton, was expanded and supplies an annual average of 5.7 million US gallons (22,000 m3) of water per day.
The Braden River can be hydrologically divided into three distinct sections that include an 8.6-mile (13.8 km) reach of naturally incised, free-flowing channel; a 6.4-mile (10.3 km) reach of impounded river created by the Ward Lake reservoir and weir; and a 6-mile (9.7 km) reach of tidal estuary.
- DelCharco, M.J. & Lewelling, B.R. Hydrologic Description of the Braden River Watershed, West-Central Florida. U.S. Geological Survey, 1997.
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