Dredging in the News - Fort Worth Star Telegram - 9/27/2012

Lake Worth dredging, one small part of big plan, moves ahead

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FORT WORTH - For a massive operation involving the movement of millions of cubic yards of silt, the dredging at Lake Worth is a surprisingly quiet project.

One reason that sucking huge amounts of silt out of Lake Worth after years of talk can be done so quietly and unobtrusively is that the debris is being transported via a pipe to a composter 1.7 miles away.

The dredging, one piece of a long-envisioned

Dredging Update - Shoreline Maps - 8/16/2012

August 16, 2012

Here are the latest maps showing the plans for dredging near the shoreline:

Map1 - overall map:

Map 2 - near Castle:

Map 3 - near Boat and Ski Club and Casino Beach:

Dredging Update - 7/10/2012

July 10, 2012

Fort Worth Water Department Employees have sent the following update:

"The long awaited booster pumps have arrived from Mississippi. They are currently being assembled and installed on a barge. At the same time the discharge and return pipelines are being installed to Silver Creek Materials. The current schedule calls for dredging to begin July 16th. You can anticipate seeing the dredge and the other barges on the lake this week moving into position to the west of Goat Island. The submerged electrical cable will run from Casino Beach to the booster barge west of Goat Island. The discharge pipeline will run from the dredging barge to a point just south of where Live Oak Creek enters Lake Worth. I have attached a copy of the sign that will be posted at the boat ramps.

Great Lake Dredge and Dock has given us a schedule for the Phase 1 Dredging. Please refer to the attached map for the location of the various areas and the dredging schedule.

I have also attached a map of the various areas and the desired completion date for any private boat dock dredging in that area. We will be sending out private boat dock permitting information to dock owners in Areas H, F, I and J next week. The remaining areas will receive their permitting information 90 days prior to the desired completion date for private boat dock dredging. Permitting information will also be posted on the Water Department’s website."

Dredging Sign:

Dredging Dates by Area of Lake:

Private Boat Dock Dredge Completion Dates:

Two Big Issues - Dredging & LWRCC - Jan 2012

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Two Big Issues - Lake Worth Dredging & LWRCC - Jan 2012


Two huge things are happening right now around the lake. The biggest thing on everyone’s minds right now is the dredge. City council has approved a bid. The dredging should start in about a month - somewhere around the first of March. There are a few details that you should know.

One of the most important things about the dredge, it that it will be electric. Once the dredge starts, it will run 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Since the dredging equipment will be electric powered, the lake will be a lot quieter than if diesel powered equipment had been used. The dredge will take about 7 months to complete. This would put the finishing point around Thanksgiving. However, it is highly likely that more areas will be added to the work order.

City employees are in discussion with the Corps of Engineers about certain areas of the lake being wetlands. Rather than delaying the dredge, these areas have been set aside until agreement can be reached. The current contract is for those areas without issues. Once the issues have been settled, other areas will be added to the dredge. That means the dredge may go longer than Thanksgiving. The dredging may stretch into the Spring.

The next “big thing” going on is the formation of the Lake Worth Regional Coordinating Committee. I cannot overemphasize how important this is. As you may remember, we pushed very very hard to make sure neighborhood association leaders would be on this committee. Well, the committee had it first meeting on Thursday, January 19th, 2012. It was wonderful!

To form the committee, Councilman Shingleton invited 21 community members. These members included local governments, non-profits, major property owners, the base, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and, of course, the neighborhood associations. Councilman Shingleton chairs the committee. I have included a list of the members below.

In the first meeting, city employees from various departments presented an overview. Each made presentations about their plans for the area. Presentations were made by the Parks Department, the Water Department, and the Planning and Development Department. A presentation was also made by the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to see all of the information from the disparate departments coming together in one place. It’s also wonderful to see important community leaders putting their collective heads together and thinking about what the lake area means to citizens of Fort Worth.

The next meeting will be Thursday, March 22nd at 2:00P in the City of Lake Worth. The topic will be parks and greenspace. One of the big issues to be discussed at the meeting is the question of what is park land and what is “city owned land” - that is not parks. A study is being conducted by city employees on this question. I believe the results of that study will be presented at the meeting.

The meeting is open for the public to observe. So, if you want to come and watch, you can. I cannot overemphasize that we are at this point because of you. When you stay informed, you participate, and you vote, it makes a huge difference. So, stay informed, stay active, and stay in the loop. We’re in this together. I’m Michael Dallas.

Lake Worth Regional Coordinating Committee members: 

Local Government
Dennis Shingleton, Council Member, City of Fort Worth,
Chairman Jim Wietholter, City Plan Commissioner, City of Fort Worth
Brett McGuire, City Manager, City of Lake Worth
Dianna Buchanan, Town Administrator, Town of Lakeside
J.D. Johnson, Commissioner, Tarrant County
Mark Riley, County Judge, Parker County

Lakeshore Neighborhood Leaders
Joe Waller, President, Lake Worth Alliance
Patricia Hyer, President, East Lake Worth Neighborhood Association
Gale Cupp, President, Neighborhood Association on South Lake Worth
Michael Barnard, President, North Lake Worth Neighborhood Association
Michael Dallas, President, Scenic Shores Neighborhood Association
Jim and Diane Smith, City of Lake Worth residents

Major Property Owners
Doug Woodson, Hickman Investment, Ltd.
Kenneth Davis, Cassco Land Co., Inc.
Robert (Bob) Manthei, Regulatory Affairs Coordination, XTO Energy Inc.

Nonprofit and Develeopment Stakeholders
Mark Ernst, Water Quality Manager, Tarrant Regional Water District
Adelaide Leavens, Executive Director, Streams and Valleys, Inc.
Rick Shepherd, President, Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, Inc.
Tom Huffhines, Board Member, Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council
Lee Nicol, Partner, Harris Nicol & Welborn Development Partners LLC

Ex Officio
Captain Robert Bennett, Commanding Officer, and Rachel Wiggins, Community Plans and Liaison Officer, NAS Fort Worth JRB
Sam Brush, Manager of Environment & Development, NCTCOG

Meeting Agenda - Thursday, January 19, 2012

 Lake Worth Regional Coordination Committee 
 Tarrant County Sheriffs Office North Patrol, 
6651 Lake Worth Blvd. 

1. Welcome and Purpose Councilmember Dennis Shingleton, Chair 
2. Introductions Committee Members 
3. Lake Worth Vision Plan Overview Eric Fladager, City of Fort Worth Planning and Development Department 
4. Lake Worth Capital Improvement Paul Bounds, City of Fort Worth Implementation Plan Update Water Department 
5. Regional Watershed Greenprinting Sam Brush, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Environment and Development Department 
6. Lake Worth Parkland Designation David Creek, City of Fort Worth Review Parks and Community Services Department 
7. Public Comments All 
8. Proposed Next Meeting: Thursday, March 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m.