North Texas Daily

New reservoir coming to North Texas, aims to address future water deficits

New reservoir coming to North Texas, aims to address future water deficits

10/25/2016 BONHAM, TX A map shows the elevation of Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir. The map is used to tell which areas are more likely to flood versus others. The Bois d'Arc Creek Project is currently waiting on its construction permit to be approved. If approved, the project is anticipated to be completed in year 2020. Credit: Courtesy of Tom Kula - Executive Director of the project

New reservoir coming to North Texas, aims to address future water deficits
October 28
11:01 2016

Editor’s Note: There were three fact errors in this story, which also was published in the Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, print edition of the North Texas Daily. It was insinuated that the bill was amended more than once, when it was amended only once. It was claimed that the reservoir would cost $248 million, when estimates show all five components will cost over $1 billion. It was also claimed the district serves 3.6 million people, when currently it serves about 1.6 million people with projected growth expected to double that number.

The US House of Representatives passed a bill that will allow the construction of the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek reservoir to be expedited. It was introduced in May 2016 by Congressman Sam Johnson along with Representatives Pete Sessions, John Ratcliffe, and Eddie Bernice Johnson.

An amendment has been revised that requires Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers to provide a final permit  allowing the construction of the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek reservoir to begin by the end of September 2017. The permit application was submitted in 2008.

10/25/2016 BONHAM, TX The map shows the general location of the lake and where the proposed reservoir will be.The Bois d'Arc Creek Project is currently waiting on its construction permit to be approved. If approved, the project is anticipated to be completed in year 2020. Credit: Courtesy of Tom Kula - Executive Director of the project

The map shows the general location of the lake and where the proposed reservoir will be.The Bois d’Arc Creek Project is currently waiting on its construction permit to be approved. If approved, the project is anticipated to be completed in year 2020. Tom Kula – Executive Director of the project | Courtesy

Lower Bois d’Arc Creek reservoir project has been in the works since early 2006, to provide fresh water to the North Texas Water District. Located in Fannin County, the reservoir will supply water to over eight counties, including Denton. Tom Kula, the executive director of the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek project, said the reservoir is necessary for North Texas’ infrastructure.

The district currently serves about 1.6 million people, and with projected growth expected to double that number, Kula said it’s vital to supply more water to North Texas residents.

“This is a big step toward the goal of meeting our region’s needs today and ensuring that our children, and our children’s children will have the quantity and quality of water they need in the future,” said Kula.

The reservoir will meet water needs in the region until 2040 and will support expected economic growth. All five components of the project are estimated to cost about $1 billion, and the engineers and environmentalist that are involved are making sure all goes well with the construction. Conflicts included gas pipelines, power transmission lines, roads and a cemetery, but with all that taken care of the reservoir is ready to break ground.

Lower Bois d’Arc Creek reservoir is estimated to be roughly done by 2022, but it is just the first of many reservoirs that are planned to come to North Texas.

Kula said it is one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. In the end, conservation of water will not support an ever-growing population, which is why starting construction as soon as possible is important.

10/25/2016 BONHAM, TX A map shows the area where the proposed reservoir and the new pipeline construction will be.The Bois d'Arc Creek Project is currently waiting on its construction permit to be approved. If approved, the project is anticipated to be completed in year 2020. Credit: Courtesy of Tom Kula - Executive Director of the project

A map shows the area where the proposed reservoir and the new pipeline construction will be.The Bois d’Arc Creek Project is currently waiting on its construction permit to be approved. If approved, the project is anticipated to be completed in year 2020. Tom Kula – Executive Director of the project | Courtesy

Even during its foundation, the reservoir continues to provide jobs to people in Fannin county and will increase after its construction, but right now, the passage of the amendment will lend a helping hand toward infrastructural progress. For Pete Sessions, one of the four representatives that introduced the amendment, the water reservoir is a means to prevent future water issues in North Texas.

“This is not a partisan issue or a political issue,” Pete Sessions said. “This is a regional issue that will affect millions of North Texans who will face higher prices, lack of water supply, and extreme rationing should this project not get done.”

The reservoir will also affect Denton County, one of the counties that NTMWD serves. With water conservation tactics already in place, Lower Bois d’Arc Creek will aide the county by maximizing available supply and providing more water to residents.

The tactics in place will continue even if the Lower Bois D’Arc Creek is not completed in a timely manner.

More reservoirs are necessary if North Texas wishes to avoid local water deficits projected to hit in 2021, Sessions said. Only one of the two permits have been passed and progress has been slow. The bill and its corresponding amendment will accelerate the foundation of the reservoir as the population increases.

“This reservoir is essential to meet the needs of 90 communities in the ten counties served by the North Texas Municipal Water District,” Kula said. “The passage of the bill proves just how important it is for the community.”

Featured Image: A map shows the elevation of Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir. The map is used to tell which areas are more likely to flood versus others. The Bois d’Arc Creek Project is currently waiting on its construction permit to be approved. If approved, the project is anticipated to be completed in year 2020. Tom Kula – Executive Director of the project | Courtesy

About Author

Sadia Saeed

Sadia Saeed

Related Articles

2 Comments

  1. forex
    forex June 25, 22:44

    It is truly a great and helpful piece of information. I am satisfied that you just shared this helpful info with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply to this comment
  2. Phil
    Phil August 01, 12:15

    Thank you

    Reply to this comment

Write a Comment

The Roundup

<script id="mcjs">!function(c,h,i,m,p){m=c.createElement(h),p=c.getElementsByTagName(h)[0],m.async=1,m.src=i,p.parentNode.insertBefore(m,p)}(document,"script","https://chimpstatic.com/mcjs-connected/js/users/de9596854f37498d65b58fa8f/42480106fd1ae582112be0c96.js");</script>

Search Bar

Sidebar Thumbnails Ad

Twitter Feed

North Texas Daily @ntdaily
@Reed_Smith25: #ReedPuns return for week two. Read my preview for North Texas’ matchup with Liberty tomorrow.A great picture of Tyreke Davis taken by @Tzac24 accompanying this week’s preview: https://t.co/H4kZeHv5Eh
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
PREVIEW: Football hopes to extinguish Flames, Willis in Saturday afternoon matchup versus Liberty📝@Reed_Smith25 📸@Tzac24 https://t.co/olYtEprv57
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
NEWS: New on-the-square restaurant Graffiti Pasta keeps the Ol’ Dirty Basement running📝@DanielH_UNT https://t.co/CZoenhoLKn
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
ARTS & LIFE: Local jewelry shop aims to support local nonprofits, other small businesses📝Dominique Weaver https://t.co/gSeOUL57Ti
h J R
North Texas Daily @ntdaily
NEWS: New SGA legislation calls for Canvas shortcuts and braille sign improvements📝@jbetancourt_15 📸@JohnAndersontx https://t.co/RarraM07zu
h J R

Sidebar Bottom Block Ad

Flytedesk Ad

Instagram