The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) and Texas A&M AgriLife Texas Water Resources Institute are collaborating with local stakeholders, business owners and residents to help protect and improve water quality in Bois d’Arc Lake through the development of a watershed protection plan (WPP). Watershed protection plans are a voluntary, non-regulatory approach for addressing water quality issues, and have been developed in a number of watersheds throughout the state.
Bois d’Arc Lake is the first major reservoir constructed in Texas in nearly 30 years. The 16,641-acre reservoir will help meet the water demands for our growing region of 1.8 million people and provide recreation and economic opportunities for years to come.
“Our goal is to protect water quality in the lake through development of a watershed protection plan with input from local communities,” said David Cowan, NTMWD Watershed Manager and coordinator for the Bois d’Arc Lake WPP project.
The public is invited to join the Bois d’Arc Lake Watershed Partnership and attend the WPP kickoff meeting on Wednesday, June 9 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at Bonham City Hall located at 514 Chestnut Street Bonham, Texas 75418.
Attendees can find more information on the WPP at https://boisdarclake.org/construction/the-bois-darc-lake-watershed. This meeting will inform participants about background conditions in the Bois d’Arc Lake watershed and describe how a WPP can help protect this important water resource. Anyone can join the Bois d’Arc Lake Watershed Partnership, participate in all the future meetings and provide input on the Bois d’Arc Lake WPP.
Through the planning process, local stakeholders, business owners and residents can help NTMWD to identify potential sources of water pollution and shape efforts to improve water quality. The ultimate goal of the WPP is to improve and protect water resources now and into the future.