The $1.6 billion reservoir will be a key source of water to meet the growing needs in North Texas. The water district will build, own and operate the 16,641-acre reservoir.
“This is a major milestone for a critical project that will provide water to 1.7 million people living in about 80 communities in North Texas,” said Robert Thurmond, president of the NTMWD's Board of Directors, in a press release.
A 90-foot dam will also be constructed. The dam is expected to be complete in 2021, according to a press release.
Upon completion, the Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir is also expected to host a variety of recreational opportunities and a habitat for wildlife.
The NTMWD and its 13 member cities have been working on this project for over a decade. A final permit for the reservoir was received in February.
More information about the reservoir can be found on the NTMWD's website.