Purchasing Land for the Bois d'Arc Lake
NTMWD has acquired 86 percent of the land necessary to build Bois d’Arc Lake from willing sellers. The North Texas Municipal Water District will continue to work with property owners to ensure fair compensation and treatment. We recognize that landowners have questions and concerns during this process so we have a dedicated local property owner liaison available to visit with landowners at our office in downtown Bonham.
NTMWD is also purchasing easements for pipeline construction. An easement is a right of an individual, company or agency to use the property of another person for a specific purpose. The property owner retains ownership of the land and can use it as long as that use does not interfere with the easement rights granted to NTMWD. If the landowner sells the property at a later date, the rights and responsibilities under the easement pass unchanged to the new owner. Around 225 parcels will be directly impacted by the pipeline construction, and all landowners involved will be fairly compensated. The District also communicates with property owners to keep them appraised of construction progress.
NTMWD strives to work cooperatively with property owners and compensate them fairly when purchasing property or an easement, and will only use eminent domain as a last resort. In those cases when eminent domain is used, Texas state law requires a third party appointed through a court proceeding to determine compensation.