Day 1 Keynote:
For the first time in decades, Texans have a new reservoir to help meet the increasing demand for freshwater in north Texas.
Bois d’Arc Lake is Texas’ first new reservoir in nearly 30 years through a $1.6 billion program designed to start providing water to 1.8 million residents of a fast-growing 10-county area of North Texas in 2022. Owned by the North Texas Municipal Water District, Bois d’Arc (pronounced bo-dark) Lake covers 16,641 acres (26-square miles) and involves multiple components, including a two-mile-long dam and spillway, pump stations, pipelines, a raw water treatment station, environmental mitigation, roadway relocation, a lake operations center and boat ramps, and land use/zoning regulations. Beyond just water, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will stock the lake with a variety of fish, including 2,000 selectively-bred trophy bass.
Presenters Adam Payne PE, CCM and Steve Long PE have devoted thousands of hours to helping guide and coordinate numerous partners who are bringing the program to life. During this keynote session, they will provide a virtual tour of this landmark as it approaches completion.