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Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir

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Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd discusses the start of the Lower Bois D'Arc Creek Reservoir project, which will extend for about 16 miles between Bonham and Honey Grove.  The lake is being built by the North Texas Municipal Water District and construction is expected to be complete in 4-5 years, with another couple of years needed for the lake to fill.  Another project, Lake Ralph Hall, is expected to begin within two years.  And the mayor says the new $30 million Bonham High School i

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Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says construction on the long-awaited Lower Bois D'Arc Creek Reservoir is expected to start around May 1.  The North Texas Municipal Water District based in Wylie is building the lake, but the mayor says Bonham will have a claim on its water if it can demonstrate the need.  Mayor Floyd says plans are in place to zone the residential and business development around the lake, the first time that's been don

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Earlier today the Texas Water Development Board approved half a billion dollars in funding towards the building of the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir in Fannin County.  The money goes the North Texas Municipal Water District as part of a $1.1 billion investment in the reservoir project.

It's all over but the building: The federal government has approved the proposed Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir.
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For 15 years, supporters and opponents of the proposed Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir dueled over whether the roughly 16,000-acre lake would be built in northeastern Fannin County. Most observers felt that the North Texas Municipal Water District and other interests behind the reservoir would win.

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Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd discusses new housing developments that have been approved in Bonham and Fannin County.  The mayor says they're a sign of economic and population growth.  Also, Bonham and the county expect an influx of workers during the construction of the Lower Bois d' Arc Creek Reservoir and Lake Ralph Hall projects, which are expected to begin within months.

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A road sign marks Bois d'Arc Creek outside of Bonham.
George Hale

Fannin County has adopted a comprehensive plan for zoning the land around a 16,500-acre reservoir east of Bohnam. Meanwhile in Washington, the US House of Representatives has moved construction of the Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir one step closer to construction.  

Haystacks dot the landscape in rural Fannin County, TX, on Sept. 7, 2016. Hundreds of acres of farmland will be flooded within the next few years if a state-approved plan to create a reservoir goes forward.
George Hale

The U.S. House of Representatives has moved the creation of a delayed Fannin County reservoir one step closer construction.

According to "mitigation" requirements, all bottomland hardwood forest and wetlands destroyed by a new lake must be offset with similar lands elsewhere being protected from development.
George Hale

Next month, Fannin County is set to approve a comprehensive plan for developing thousands of acres of expensive lakefront property. One problem: There’s no lake. But that’s not stopping it from pushing ahead anyway. Officials say the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek reservoir will be open for business by the time the government gets around to approving it. And that’s putting a spotlight on the high-stakes struggle for control of water resources throughout northeast Texas.

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In Fannin County, construction of what would be the newest lake in Texas is a year behind schedule. Supporters of the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir say that delay is bad news for the communities north of Dallas that would get water from the lake. But for some North Texas families, it's borrowed time to save their farms and livelihoods from the coming floods. KETR’s George Hale reports.

City of Bonham
City of Bonham

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says with the Lower Bois D'Arc Creek Reservoir and Lake Ralph Hall projects expected to begin soon, proposals are being considered for single-family and apartment developments, and also new retail projects.  Also, the city has received a grant for an Automated Weather Observing System for the municipal airport that will allow pilots to receive vital information.  For the first time, beer will be sold at the Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 7.  Also, the Bonham ISD will have a $30 million bond election for a new high school

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Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says the start of the massive Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir project will be delayed by a couple of months, from January to March 2016.  The estimated cost of the North Texas Utility Corp. project is now $1 billion.  The Lake Ralph Hall project will apparently be delayed by a couple of years because of a difficult permitting process, the mayor says.

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Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says the North Texas Water Authority will begin construction of the Lower Bois D'Arc Creek Reservoir late this year or in early 2016.  The lake will be 16 miles long and eight miles wide, from  near Honey Grove to Lake Bonham.  The lake has been in the development stage for about 30 years, the mayor says.  Also, construction of Ralph Hall Lake near Ladonia is expected to begin in about a year, according to Mayor Floyd.