The Toyota ShareLunker Program, The Inland Fisheries Denison District - Texas Parks and Wildlife, and North Texas Municipal Water District came to the footprint of Bois d'Arc Lake on Tuesday, October 29 to help improve the fishery even before the lake is impounded.
FANNIN CO., Tex. (KXII) "So we know that these have good genetics and it's a good way to get these fish started in this lake so that the population can only expand as the lake fills," says Greg Cummings with Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Construction is on schedule and under budget for the 2021 completion of the first lake to be built in Texas in the past 30 years. The immediate and long-term benefits from the construction of Bois d’Arc Lake for Fannin and surrounding counties are staggering as this Northeast Texas county shares its water resources with a growing and thirsty population to the west.
Dan Bennett claims he has never been one to get excited about very much. That’s interesting, because these days the 38-year-old fisheries scientist is feeling the nervous energy of a guy about to become a father for the very first time.
The first section of 90-inch pipe needed to deliver raw water from Bois d’ Arc Lake in Fannin County and ultimately to Wylie was laid recently by crews with Garney Construction and Oscar Renda Contracting.
When the 35-mile raw water pipeline from the lake to a water treatment plant under construction near Leonard is completed, it will be able to carry up to 236 million gallons of water daily.
Significant progress is being made on the largest construction project in all of North Texas: the creation of a new reservoir in Fannin County. Bois d’Arc Lake is the first new major reservoir to be built in Texas in nearly 30 years, according to the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD).
The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) manages the design, operation, and maintenance of water, wastewater and solid waste disposal systems across a massive service territory spanning 2,200 square miles. Overseeing the water supply needs of nearly 80 communities can be daunting, especially considering this 10-county area is expected to double in size by 2050.
Commissioners say the incoming Bois d'Arc Lake is the biggest thing to ever happen to Fannin County. Laura Henriquez and Thomas Brewer manage the Hidden Valley RV park near Dodd City, just feet away from where the shore of Bois d'Arc Lake will soon be.
The Fannin County Sheriff's Office is getting $2.5 million for lake patrol and more. The 16,000 acre Bois d'Arc Lake is under construction. Now, the sheriff's office has a contract with the water district to add new equipment, lake patrol and even a new communication system.
Intended to meet the water needs of north Texas for generations to come, Bois d'Arc Lake is the first major reservoir under construction in the state in almost 30 years. Construction began in April 2018, and is moving forward at a steady pace.