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History of Waco Lake
Active Cooperation Built Waco Lake
The flood threat to the city of Waco and downstream portions of the Brazos - combined with the need for conservation storage to save millions of gallons of water that were wasted, led local citizens to seek a new reservoir. Through their efforts, Congress authorized the project for construction by the Corps of Engineers.
By law, local interests are required to bear the cost of acquisition of the storage allocated to conservation in the reservoir. A water conservation contract covering repayment of the cost of those features has been approved, and, under its terms, the Brazos River Authority will also contribute its share annually for operation and maintenance of the project.
Waco Lake is operated for its various purposes by the Corps of Engineers, with water being furnished to the Authority under the term by the Texas Water Commission
1925The Bosque River was considered as a primary water supply for Waco and surrounding areas.
1926City passes a $3.5 million bond to fund building the original Lake Waco.
1929Construction begins on Lake Waco Dam.
1930Construction of the first Lake Waco Dam secured 39,000 acre-feet of water.
1950Due to drought conditions, The City of Waco begins planning for future water needs.
1956City officials lobby for the construction of a new dam.
1958Construction begins on the new dam.
1964Waco Lake Dam is completed and provides longterm, dependable water supply for the citizens of Waco and surrounding areas. The new dam secured an additional 59,000 acre-feet of water.
1979Waco officials research raising the level of the lake.
1983Study is completed and 7 feet is considered most feasible lake level.
1998Waco City Council votes to increase the Waco Lake Pool by seven feet giving the City of Waco and surrounding areas an additional 79,000 acre-feet of dependable water supply.