The dam is only one to two vertical feet away from where it needs to be in order to start impounding (or holding) water. But building it up these few feet actually requires:
- An impressive 170,000 cubic yards of dirt spread across the whole dam
- Enough soil to fill over 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools
After this initial level is reached, the lake can begin to fill with water, which is scheduled for March of this year. Additional soil will still need to be added to complete the dam (about 16 more ft. up and 445,000 cubic yards total).
Representatives from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) visited the Terminal Storage Reservoir (TSR) site on Jan. 20th. This substantial completion inspection is one of the final items needed to approve the board’s $1.477 billion in low interest State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) funding for Bois d’Arc Lake and associated projects.
Some work on the TSR is still in process, but the majority is now finished. All work is expected to wrap up in the next 2-3 months.
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