The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Fort Worth District, is revising the Somerville 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. 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 Somerville Lake.
About Somerville Lake
Somerville Lake was authorized by the Flood Control Act approved 03 September 1954 (Public Law (PL) 83-780) for the purpose of flood control, water conservation storage, recreation, and fish and wildlife enhancement. Somerville 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 lake, located on the Yegua Creek River in the Brazos River Basin, 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 recreational, natural, and cultural resources of the lake throughout the life of the water resources project.
Why Revise the Somerville Master Plan?
The current Master Plan for Somerville Lake was last updated in 1971, which was a supplement to the 1963 Master Plan. 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.
Comments may be submitted online by filling out the Comment Form below and clicking the link provided on the comment form, or by mailing the comments to the address below. Only written comments will be accepted. The comment period begins May 6, 2022 and ends June 6, 2022. Comments and questions pertaining to the master plan revision can be addressed to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Attn: Russell Meier, Somerville Lake Manager
1560 Thornberry Drive
Somerville, Texas 77879
May 6, 2022
February 24, 2021
February 12, 2021