Getting Bois d’Arc Lake Approved
It often takes decades to plan, design, build and fill a new reservoir. In the case of Bois d’Arc Lake, planning began in 2003. The project required numerous local, state and federal permits. Permit review and authorization is a thoughtful and lengthy process that encourages avoiding or minimizing environmental impacts and requiring measures to offset impacts that do occur.
Bois d’Arc Lake was subject to environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued the Record of Decision (ROD) and the 404 Permit in February of 2018. These permits were required under the federal Clean Water Act.
With major permitting completed, the project began construction in May of 2018. The reservoir is scheduled for completion by 2020 with water delivery expected in 2022, or once the reservoir is adequately filled.