FORT WORTH, Texas – Public participation is requested for the revision of the Whitney Lake Shoreline Management Plan. The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives will host a public information meeting on Wednesday, May 15 at the TGCC Event Center, 1009 East Jefferson, Whitney Texas, 76692 to provide information and receive public input on an initiative to revise the Shoreline Management Plan for Whitney Lake.
The May 15 meeting will begin with a brief presentation at 6 p.m. followed by an open house forum for individual one-on-one discussion with Corps representatives. The public can view maps, ask questions and provide comments about the Shoreline Management Plan revision. Comment forms and instructions for making comments will be provided at the meeting. The meeting presentation, comment instructions, and comment forms will be available shortly before the meeting on the USACE website at: https://www.swf.usace.army.mil/About/Lakes-and-Recreation-Information/Shoreline-Management-Plan/.
A Shoreline Management Plan addresses the rules and guidelines that govern private shoreline uses, such as private boat docks, vegetation modification, and similar private uses of government property. The Shoreline Management Plan establishes shoreline allocations, which specify where certain private uses are allowable. Shoreline allocations are dictated by Engineering Regulation 1130-2-406 and include: Limited Development Areas, Protected Shoreline Areas, Public Recreation Areas, and Prohibited Access Areas. Each of these allocation is defined in ER 1130-2-406. The Shoreline Management Plan compliments the Whiney Lake Master Plan.
The current Shoreline Management Plan for Whitney Lake was completed in 1976. Revisions are needed to address changes in land use and policies since the current Shoreline Management Plan was published. Key topics to be addressed in the revision include revising shoreline allocations and updating the plan to incorporate changes in public law and national policies related to shoreline management. The objective of the revision and related management actions is achieve a balance between permitted private uses and resource protection for general public use. Public participation is crucial to the successful revision of the Shoreline Management Plan.
Questions pertaining to the proposed revision can be addressed to: Billy Haferkamp, CESWF-OD-R, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, 285 CR 3602, Clifton, Texas 76634, Phone: 254-622-3332 or email: CESWF-PER-Whitney@usace.army.mil.
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: www.swf.usace.army.mil and SWF Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/usacefortworth/