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USACE Updates Lake’s Master Plan

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Canyon Lake’s changed a lot over the last 47 years, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) master plan for its development hasn’t.

The original land-use document that guides comprehensive management and development of all recreational, natural, and cultural resources throughout the life of the lake was drafted in 1970.

Now Fort Worth District, USACE  is updating the Canyon Lake Master Plan and wants members of the public to weigh in on proposed new revisions 6 p.m. Thursday, July 20 at Canyon Lake Resource & Recreation Center, 125 Mabel Jones Dr., Canyon Lake.

At its public forum, USACE will provide a brief overview of proposed changes and an opportunity to view maps, ask questions and provide written comments about the project.

USACE’s proposed revisions address changes in land use, population, outdoor recreation trends and its management policies.

A 30-day public comment period follows the meeting.

Comment forms and the updated master plan can be downloaded here. Printed copies of revisions to the 1970 master plan are available for review at Tye Preston Memorial Library, 16311 S. Access Road, Canyon Lake, and at USACE’s Canyon Lake office, 601 C.O.E. Road.

About Canyon Lake Master Plan

The master plan defines the resource management goals and objectives for public use and resource conservation for the study area, which includes Canyon Lake and all adjacent USACE-controlled recreational and natural resource properties.

Key topics addressed in the revised master plan include updated and revised land-use classification, new natural and recreational resource-management goals and objectives, and recreation facility-needs identification.

Special topics addressed include invasive species management and threatened and endangered species habitat protection at Canyon Lake.

Not included in revisions are technical operational aspects of the lake as it relates to the primary missions of water supply, hydroelectric power generation, or flood risk management.

Completed in 1964 as a flood-control project, Canyon Lake also serves multiple-purposes including water supply, hydroelectric power generation, recreation, and environmental stewardship.

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