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Changes Coming to Lake Texoma Master Plan

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DENISON, TX -- A new vision is in store for Lake Texoma.

For the first time in nearly forty years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says changes are being made to the lake's master plan.

Changes are flowing Lake Texoma's way.

"This is the first major overhaul since 1978,” said USACE Lake Manager, Joe Custer.  

For the first time in more than three decades, the lakes master plan is being revised.

"This plan is very important; it guides what we do every day," said Custer.

Lack of funding has kept the update at bay, but this year the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made it a top priority.

"This is a document that in a perfect world we'd update every five years that is the intent but due to funding, it's hard to make that a priority, so finally we're there, and we hope to make some good changes," said Custer.

A new vision long time lake users like Mike Ferguson are excited to see.

"I’d be interested in seeing what they got," said Ferguson.

Ferguson has been fishing at Lake Texoma since 1974; he's hoping the revision will open up more recreational areas.

"Already it's crowding up, I know there's got to be some control over it, but there have also got to be some open spots," said Ferguson.

Results, lake officials say could eventually trickle down.

The new plan will re-classify and re-zone areas around the lake.

"Changes will not affect people necessarily individually, but maybe more on a larger scale for development," said Custer.

Meaning, the biggest difference will be to figure out how the land and water at Lake Texoma will be used.

"Changes may be going from a high density recreational area, an area that was designed for development, construction, building, and things like that may go to a low density area, or zoned as wildlife management,” said Custer.

Maintaining and keeping the 200,000 plus acres of land and water the Corps manages, thriving.

"It’s a great document, and we're looking forward to getting accomplished," said Custer.

The final revised plan is set to be issued in November.

But the Corps is welcoming any comments and suggestions from the public until the end of September.

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