Corps hosts public meeting for Belton Lake Master Plan Revision

The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted a public meeting on July 24 at the City of Belton’s Harris Community Center located at 401 N. Alexander Street, Belton, Texas to provide information and receive public input toward the final draft revision of the Master Plan for Belton Lake.

The meeting began with a brief presentation followed by an open house for the public to view the current land use maps, ask questions and provide comments about the project.

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 will include Belton Lake proper and all adjacent recreational and natural resources properties under USACE administration. Belton Lake is a multi-purpose reservoir constructed and managed for flood risk management, water supply, fish and wildlife, and recreation.

The current Master Plan, dated May 1970, is in need of revision to address changes in regional land use, population, outdoor recreation trends and USACE management policy.

Key topics to be addressed in the master plan revision include revised land classifications, new natural and recreational resource management objectives, recreation facility needs, and special topics such as invasive species management. Revision of the master plan will not address in detail the technical operational aspects of the reservoir related to the water supply or flood risk management missions of the project.

Public comments will be collected from July 24 through August 25 2018.

Questions pertaining to the proposed revision can be addressed to: Ronnie Bruggman, Lake Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 3740 FM 1670, Belton, Texas 76513, or phone 254-939-2461.

More information about the Belton Lake Master Plan Revision can be found here: https://www.swf.usace.army.mil/About/Lakes-and-Recreation-Information/Master-Plan-Updates/Belton-Lake/