PUBLIC NOTICE: Draft Wallisville Master Plan released

GALVESTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Galveston District, hereby informs the public of the release of the draft Wallisville Lake 2022 Master Plan (hereafter Plan), draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), and draft Environmental Assessment (EA).

This Plan aims to provide direction for appropriate management, use, development, enhancement, protection, and conservation of the natural, cultural, and manmade resources within the Wallisville Lake Project Area. The draft Plan presents an inventory and analysis of land resources, resource management objectives, land use classifications, resource use plans for each land use classification, current and projected park facility needs, an analysis of existing and anticipated resource use, and influences expected on overall project operation and management. Prior to this proposed Plan revision, the current Plan for Lake Wallisville was completed in 1996 and was intended for navigation, salinity control, water supply, fish and wildlife enhancement, and recreation.

The current Master Plan for Wallisville Lake was last revised in 1996, and many changes have occurred in policy since then. This revision is intended to update the 1996 Master Plan and ensure environmental protection and public access to public lands at Wallisville Lake. Public participation is critical to the successful revision of the Plan.

In lieu of a face-to-face public meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USACE will provide a virtual presentation with an overview of the proposed changes to the current Wallisville Lake Master Plan and instructions on submitting comments. A 30-day public comment period will begin on August 31, 2022, and end on September 29, 2022. The draft Plan, FONSI, EA, and comment instructions are available for download at the following Galveston District website:

https://www.swg.usace.army.mil/Locations/Wallisville-Lake-Project-Office/Wallisville-Lake-Master-Plan-Page/

Comments, suggestions, and questions on the proposed revision can be emailed to WallisvilleMasterPlan@usace.army.mil, or mailed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1140 US Army Corps Road, Wallisville, TX 77597.

Wallisville Lake Master Plan Overview

Photo Credit: Rachel Gibson, US Army Corps of Engineers

General Information

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Galveston District, is revising the Wallisville Lake Project Master Plan. The Master Plan is intended to serve as a comprehensive land and recreational management plan with a life span of 25 years. It guides the stewardship of natural and cultural resources and the provision of outdoor recreation facilities and opportunities to ensure sustainability of federal land associated with Wallisville Lake Project.

About the Wallisville Lake Project

The Wallisville Lake Project was originally authorized by Congress for five purposes: navigation, salinity control, water supply, fish and wildlife enhancement, and recreation.  The project now serves primarily as a salinity barrier on the Trinity River to protect the City of Houston’s and several smaller communities’ freshwater supply for both drinking and agricultural purposes.  With that said, Parks, Recreation Areas, and the Visitor Center provide opportunities for picnicking, hiking, birding, primitive camping, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, and other activities for visiting families.  Fishing can be enjoyed year-round and during waterfowl season hunters can try their luck and aim on the many waterfowl that migrate through the project. Lastly, the project serves as stop along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail as it’s widely known for its important birding habitat that attracts a diverse population of birds to the Trinity River Delta.

What is a Master Plan?

The Master Plan is the strategic land use management document that guides the comprehensive management and development of all project recreational, natural, and cultural resources throughout the life of the water resources project.

What is a process of updating a Master Plan?

The general process can be seen in the below flowchart and takes several years to complete:

Why Revise the Wallisville Lake Project Master Plan?

The current Master Plan for the Wallisville Lake Project was prepared in 1996 and it has exceeded its useful life. Management of project and the Trinity River today differs significantly from management in 1996. Moreover, land classifications in the 1996 Master Plan need to be examined and revised in accordance with current USACE regulations. Lastly, the continued growth eastward of the Houston Metropolitan population has dramatically increased over the past twenty years. Due to increased visitation and use, project purposes and land classifications need to be re-examined to ensure the best use of the project both from an environmental stewardship and recreational standpoint.

What Can Members of the Public do to Help?

For more information about the Wallisville Lake Project Office, call (409) 389-2285 or visit the Project Office at 1140 Army Corps Rd, Wallisville, TX 77597.

For questions pertaining to the proposed Master Plan revision can be addressed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1140 US Army Corps Rd, Wallisville, TX 77597 or sent to WallisvilleMasterPlan@usace.army.mil.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Wallisville Lake Master Plan
USACE Galveston District
P.O. Box 1229
Galveston, TX 77553-1229

Email: WallisvilleMasterPlan@usace.army.mil
Phone: 409-389-2285

Master Plan Presentation

The Wallisville Lake Public Comment Period Announcement can be found here

 

Public Comment Period

The public comment period is open August 31 - September 29, 2022

Public Notice 

Public Comment Form 

Draft Wallisville Master Plan

The draft Master Plan for the Walliville Lake Project can be found here.