Jim Chapman (Cooper) Lake and White Oak Creek Mitigation Area Master Plan Revision

Jim Chapman (Cooper) Lake

General Information

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Fort Worth District, is revising the Jim Chapman Lake and White Oak Creek Mitigation Area Master Plan. The Master Plan is intended to serve as a comprehensive land and recreational management plan with a life span of 25 years. The Plan guides the stewardship of natural and cultural resources and the provision of outdoor recreation facilities with opportunities to ensure sustainability of federal land associated with Jim Chapman Lake and White Oak Creek Mitigation Area.

Public Meeting and Agency Input

The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is hosting a public meeting to provide information and receive public input to begin the process of revising the Master Plan for Jim Chapman Lake including the White Oak Mitigation Area. No changes to the Master Plan have been proposed at this time, and the public meeting will initiate a 30-day comment period to review the existing Master Plan and provide comments. The public meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on March 21, 2022 at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center, 1200 Houston Street, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. The existing Master Plan documents and map are available to download at the bottom of the page as well as a comment form with instructions on how to send comments.

About Jim Chapman (Cooper) Lake and White Oak Creek Mitigation Area

The project was originally named Cooper Lake after the nearby town of Cooper, TX. In 1998, an Act of Congress officially renamed the project to Jim Chapman Lake, named in honor of former Congressman Jim Chapman from nearby Sulphur Springs. The project is still known locally as Cooper Lake, and the state park at the project retains the original name of Cooper Lake State Park. Jim Chapman Lake is in the Sulphur River Basin and is located in Delta and Hopkins Counties. The project is a multi-purpose reservoir for flood control, water supply, fish and wildlife management, recreation, and mitigation within the White Oak Mitigation Area. In addition to these primary missions, USACE has an inherent mission of environmental stewardship of project lands and works closely the stakeholders to provide regionally important outdoor recreation opportunities.

What is a Master Plan?

The Master Plan is the strategic land use management document that guides the comprehensive management and development of all recreational, natural, and cultural resources of the lake throughout the life of the water resources project. The Master Plan does not entail facility designs, daily project administration details or any technical discussion regarding flood risk management, water quality, water supply, shoreline management, or water level management. Many of these topics are covered in the many other Operational Plans that each lake and the district office develop separately from the Master Plan.

Why Revise the Master Plan?

The current Master Plan for Jim Chapman Lake was last updated in 1988 and the White Oak Mitigation Area Supplement was written in 1990. 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.

The Master Planning Process

Provide Comments or Questions

Comments may be submitted in person at the meeting, delivered to the project office, online by filling out the Comment Form below and clicking the link provided on the comment form, by mailing the comments to the address below, or via email at the email address provided. Only written comments will be accepted. The comment period begins March 21, 2022 and ends April 22, 2022. Comments and questions pertaining to the Master Plan revision can be addressed to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Attn: Matt Seavey, Lake Manager
Jim Chapman Lake / Cooper Dam
64 Clear Springs Park
Texarkana, TX 75501

Email: Jim-Chapman-MP@usace.army.mil

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March 18, 2022