The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Fort Worth District, is revising the Belton Lake Master Plan. The Master Plan is intended to serve as a comprehensive land and recreational management plan with a life span of 25 years. It guides the stewardship of natural and cultural resources and the provision of outdoor recreation facilities and opportunities to ensure sustainability of federal land associated with Belton Lake.
About Belton Lake
Belton Lake, a unit in the plan of improvement for the Brazos River Basin, Texas, was authorized by the Flood Control Act approved 24 July 1946. Belton Lake is currently a multipurpose water resources project operated by USACE that includes balancing the needs of the surrounding population, visitors, and the ecological system. The primary purposes of the project are flood risk management and water conservation. The lake, located on the Leon River 16.7 miles from the confluence of the Leon and Little Rivers, is also managed for public recreation and environmental stewardship, including fish and wildlife conservation.
What is a Master Plan?
The Master Plan is the strategic land use management document that guides the comprehensive management and development of all project recreational, natural, and cultural resources throughout the life of the water resources project.
Why Revise the Belton Lake Master Plan?
The current Master Plan for Belton Lake was prepared in 1970. The Plan and the land classifications are in need of revision to address changes in regional land use, population, outdoor recreation trends and USACE management policy. Key topics to be addressed in the revised Master Plan include revised land classifications, new natural and recreational resource management objectives, recreation facility needs and special topics such as invasive species management and threatened and endangered species habitat. Public participation is critical to the successful revision of the Master Plan.