U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Fort Worth District
819 Taylor Street
P.O. Box 17300
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Flowage easement land is privately owned land on which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has acquired certain perpetual rights. Namely the right to flood it in connection with the operation of the reservoir; the right to prohibit construction or maintenance of any structure for human habitation; the right to approve all other structures constructed on flowage easement land, except fencing. This is typically based on elevation and is done to protect individual property during a flood event and allow hydrologists to better predict the changes in elevation a lake will undergo during high inflow. A complete description of the flowage easement can be found in the deed to the property to which it is attached. A typical flowage easement deed is available from the Jim Chapman Lake Office.
With approval, almost any type of structure that does not reduce flood storage capacity or is not designed or intended to be used for human habitation may be constructed on the flowage easement land. With respect to construction of water wells, sewer lines, or septic systems, each case will be examined to ensure that pollution of the lake or interference with the operation of the reservoir will not occur. All proposed sewer line and septic system construction must be approved by the appropriate health departments and all septic systems must be located a minimum of 75 feet in horizontal distance from the flowage easement line.
All requests involving public or flowage easement lands must include the following:
We are engaged in preserving, maintaining and improving the resources at Jim Chapman Lake, both natural and developed. Your participation and assistance in these efforts is very much appreciated.
Please address all permit applications or other correspondence to: Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Dam Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,828 CR 4795, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482. If you have any questions, you can reach us at (903) 945-2108. Any correspondence should include a complete return address and phone number.
This site last updated on
July 19, 2007