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 and water delivery in 2022, or once the reservoir is adequately filled.
Key permitting milestones:
- 404 Permit Application submitted to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, June 2008
- Texas Commission of Environmental Quality issued State Water Use Permit , June 2015
- Updated Environmental Impact Statement developed, March 2017
- Record of Decision, February 2018
- 404 Permit issued, February 2018