North Texas Municipal Water District
proposed
Lower Bois d'Arc Reservoir
On 1/30/2007, the North Texas Municipal Water District held a public meeting at the Bonham Civic Center to give Fannin County residents information about the proposed Lower Bois d'Arc Reservoir.

    Brief Summary of the proposed plan:

    They expect to use 16,526 acres for the full normal pool of the
    Reservoir and 5,574 acres for the flood pool.

    The dam used to create the Reservoir will be 10,400 ft long
    with a maximum height of 90 ft and a top width of 20 ft.

     The North Texas Municipal Water District has information
     about the Reservoir on their website. www.ntmwd.com

     Our Concerns, based on our understanding of the
    proposal combined with local wisdom:

1)  Fannin County will retain no water rights.  Although the water source is located within the county, all water rights will belong to NTMWD.  They will determine quantity and price of water that will be used in Fannin County from Lower Bois d'Arc Reservoir.  The revenues will benefit NTMWD, not Fannin County or any of its entities.

2)  Speculative rumors of development are all Fannin County has been promised from this reservoir.  The Jim Chapman (Cooper Dam) was sold on these same principles.  While it is a USACE reservoir (meaning there is a stipulation against developing the shoreline) the town of Klondike -- situated less than one mile from the reservoir -- has seen no significant growth.

3)  NTMWD has applied for up to 175,000 acre feet of water per year to be drawn from Lower Bois d'arc.  The capacity at conservation pool is approsimately 366,000 af.  The shoreline will be mainly muddy flats in the typical NE Texas summers.

4)  The site for the proposed Lower Bois d'Arc Reservoir is situated at the point of two different eco regions and has the most fertile agricultural land in the county -- making it unique in value and irreplaceable.

5)  The Bois d'Arc river bottom in the main thoroughfare for wildlife throughout the county.  Once severed, the wildlife through the county will suffer tremendously.

6)  According to the Army Corps of Engineers' study of the Bois d'Arc Basin Section 905(b) (WRDA 86) Analysis by the Tulsa District, reservoir sites locted at lower river miles 23.5, 24.8, and 28.6 were dropped from further consideration in the reconnaissance phase.  Reservoir sites in the lower portion of the basin were eliminated primarily because of the lack of effective flood control and potential technical and enfironmental problems associated with locating reservoirs in wetland areas in the lower Bois d'Arc Creek Basin.  The best location for a reservoir in the lower portion of the basin, river mile 23.5 [Coffee Mill site], would inundate an existing Forest Service lake and significant wetland areas.  In addition, the shallow nature of the reservoir would potentially pose water quality problems.

7)  "Mitigation"  --The word sounds fairly innocent until you understand what
it means in the context of the proposed Lower Bois d'Arc Reservoir.  One of the pieces of literature handed out at the information exhibit in January states that, "For the full normal pool of the Reservoir, 16,526 acres will be needed.  An additional estimated 5,574 acres will be purchased for the flood pool. Additional land will be needed to mitigate environmental impacts of the Reservoir." (a)
No mention of how many acres for mitigation.  Curious.

The additional acreage required for Cooper Lake was 1-1/2 times the acreage for the lake and its flood pool. The same for Lake Gilmer.  Mitigation is determined by a formula of habitat values; it's not just how many acres will be lost to the reservoir, but also how high-quality the habitat is. For the proposed Lower Bois d'Arc, we have heard an estimate of twice the acreage of the lake. (b)    16,526 + 5,574 = 22,100  x 2 = 44,200 acres! 

(a) "Land for a New Reservoir"
(b) Texas Conservation Alliance

To find out about the struggle against
another Texas reservoir
(Marvin Nichols) click here.

Deadline for the following actions has passed, but we leave the links here for your information:  For a letter to the TCEQ to request a contested case hearing on the permit for construction of this project click here.  For instructions on formatting and mailing this letter click here.

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Lower Bois d’Arc Reservoir EIS Scoping Report
May 2010

Scoping Report for Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir released
By U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Apr 5, 2011

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Tulsa District has released the Scoping Report for the Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir (proposed) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The Scoping Report summarizes the public and agency comments received during the scoping process and identifies issues to be addressed in the Draft EIS. Preparation of the Draft EIS is underway and public opportunities to engage in public review of that document will be announced by public notice when it is available.

The EIS when finalized will inform the USACE's decision on the Clean Water Act Section 404 permit application by North Texas Municipal Water District for the proposed construction of the 16,641-acre water supply reservoir on Bois d' Arc Creek 15 miles northeast of Bonham, in Fannin County, Texas.

The Scoping Report is available on the USACE, Tulsa District website at: http://www.swt.usace.army.mil/permits/permits.cfm

If you require a paper copy, please send a written request to the Regulatory Office at the address in the letterhead. For additional information, please contact Mr. Andrew Commer, Supervisory Regulatory Project Manager at 918-669-7400, or in writing to the address above.
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