Water is the life
blood of North Central Texas. The region receives less than 30 inches of
rain in many years. Often 1/5th of the annual rainfall can occur in
several days, leading to tremendous run-off and little lasting benefit.
Native plants often go for months withstanding searing temperatures and
no precipitation. Little Bluestem is so well adapted that it's roots grow 15 feet.
Water conservation depended on four actions:
Eliminate rain runoff
Deepen and improve flood control dams
Foster drought tolerant habitat
Limit commercial and recreational water use to surface sources
To eliminate run-off nine new ponds and three major water diversions
were created. A dozen naturally occurring low spots were deepened
creating seasonal micro marshland conditions. The two largest lakes have been
dredged of more than 30 year of silt. To catch lighter rains, the most
native grasses were planted in on all of the upland prairies.
Dredging the main lake.