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NTMWD Receives EPA Acceptance of the Bois d’Arc Lake Watershed Protection Plan

WYLIE, TX — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently accepted the North Texas Municipal Water District's (NTMWD) Bois d’Arc Lake Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) as meeting the agency’s guidelines for watershed-based plans. The Bois d’Arc Lake WPP outlines a strategy to implement management measures that will help improve and protect water quality in the watershed.

“Acceptance of this plan is a result of collaboration between NTMWD, Texas A&M Texas Water Resources Institute, and watershed stakeholders,” said David Cowan, NTMWD Watershed Manager. “We received valuable input in the development of the plan from local residents, agricultural producers, business and industry representatives, city and county personnel, as well as other interested parties.”

These stakeholders, along with representatives from state and federal agencies, participated in a number of meetings of the Bois d’Arc Lake Watershed Partnership in 2021 to help shape the final plan. Healthy watersheds help reduce erosion and act as a filter to capture sediment and pollutants before they enter water bodies.

Construction of the lake is ongoing. Once completed, the 16,641-acre reservoir will be an essential source of water supply for 2 million residents in North Texas. Routine water quality monitoring indicated that two waterways in the watershed, Bois d’Arc Creek and Honey Grove Creek, are impaired due to elevated levels of bacteria. A key goal of the Bois d’Arc Lake WPP is to address these impairments and ensure the new lake maintains good water quality.

“NTMWD will continue to work with members of the Bois d’Arc Lake Watershed Partnership to apply for grants and begin implementation of the plan,” Cowan said.
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