USACE announces public comment period for Aquilla Lake Reallocation Study and EA

Published July 6, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas – Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives announced today the Draft Reallocation Report with Integrated Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the Middle Brazos System Assessment: Phase II Aquilla Water Supply in Hill County, Texas. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District prepared the draft report with integrated EA to identify, evaluate, and disclose all impacts that would result from the implementation of proposed alternatives to address projected future water supply needs in Central Texas. 

Increasing demand due to population growth, which is driving the need for additional water, is projected to result in water supply shortages of 2,800 to 3,700 acre-feet per year beginning as early as 2020 with the shortage in 2070 forecasted to be approximately 7,500 to 30,000 acre-feet.  The water storage in Aquilla Lake is covered under a Water Supply Agreement, dated April 5, 1976, between the U.S. Government and the Brazos River Authority.

Alternatives evaluated in the reallocation study include 2.5-foot, 4.5-foot, and 6.5-foot raises of the conservation pool at Aquilla Lake, a “no action” alternative, and a pipeline alternative that would divert water supply from Whitney Lake to an existing pipeline that runs from Aquilla Lake to Pat Cleburne Lake near Cleburne, Texas. 

The draft Reallocation Report with integrated EA and draft FONSI is available for review at:

Hillsboro Library

Cleburne Public Library

West Public Library

118 South Waco Street

302 W. Henderson Street

209 Tokio Road

Hillsboro, Texas 76645

Cleburne, Texas 76033

West, Texas 76691


The document can also be viewed on the Fort Worth District website at: or on the Brazos River Authority website at:   

A 30-day public comment period will close on August 7.  Please address any comments to Ms. Marcia Hackett, Environmental Compliance Branch, Regional Planning and Environmental Center, 819 Taylor Street, Room 3A12, Fort Worth, Texas 76102 or at the following email:




About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico.  Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: and SWF Facebook at:
Clay Church
819 Taylor St., Fort Worth, TX

Release no. 17-018