FORT WORTH, Texas --
The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be hosting an online involvement video presentation to provide information and receive public input toward the draft revision of the Master Plan for Somerville Lake. Normally, USACE would conduct a live public workshop to announce the availability of the draft revised Master Plan, but continued precautions associated with the COVID-19 virus have made it necessary to conduct the public involvement process online instead of hosting a live workshop.
Documents posted for online public review Include:
- Draft Revised Master Plan for Somerville Lake
- 1963 Master Plan for Somerville Lake
- Virtual StoryMap Presentation
- Comment Form
USACE defines the Master Plan as the strategic land use management document that guides the comprehensive management and development of all recreational, natural, and cultural resources throughout the life of the water resource development project. Public participation is critical to the successful revision of the Master Plan.
The Master Plan study area includes Somerville Lake proper and all adjacent recreational and natural resource properties under USACE administration. Somerville Lake is a multi-purpose reservoir constructed and managed for flood risk management, water supply, fish and wildlife, and recreation. The current Master Plan for Somerville Lake is dated February 1963. The revision is needed 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 utility corridors and public hunting. Revision of the Master Plan does not address in detail the technical operational aspects of the reservoir related to the water supply, flood risk management, or shoreline management permitting missions of the project.
Comments may be submitted online by filling out the Comment Form and clicking on the link provided on the comment form or mailing comments to the address below. Only written comments will be accepted. The comment period begins May 6 and ends June 6, 2022.
Questions pertaining to the proposed revision can be addressed to: Joshua Copeland, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, P.O. Box 17300, Fort Worth, TX 76102-0300 or sent via email to the Somerville Lake Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.