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Lake Arlington and Village Creek: Developing a Watershed Protection Plan

A project to develop a watershed protection plan (WPP) for Lake Arlington, a drinking water source, and for Village Creek, a tributary to the lake.


Lake Arlington serves as a drinking water source to over 500,000 people in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2012, Village Creek, the lake's main tributary, was not meeting the criteria for bacteria levels in water quality standards. There were also some concerns in several portions of the lake that were listed for concerns related to elevated levels of chlorophyll-a and nitrate. 

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Project Description

To improve water quality conditions in Lake Arlington and Village Creek, stakeholders developed a watershed protection plan for the 91,402-acre watershed draining to Lake Arlington. As part of the plan, they established a monitoring schedule to track the effectiveness of the measures they implemented. Models were used to identify possible sources of pollutant loads, how much the loads needed to be reduced to meet the state’s standards, and what strategies would most effectively achieve those reductions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accepted the Village Creek - Lake Arlington WPP  in 2019.

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For More Information

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