Construction could soon begin on the Lower Bois d’Arc Reservior. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday that it had issued its record of decision and granted a permit to allow construction to begin this spring. Construction is expected to be completed in 2022.

The announcement said the North Texas Municipal Water District has been working for more than 15 years with federal, state and local officials on planning for the new lake that will provide water for the growing communities it serves.

The 16,641-surface-acre lake will be located northeast of the city of Bonham in Fannin County. This is the first reservoir to be built in Texas in 30 years.

“This is a major milestone for a critical project that will provide water to 1.7 million people living in about 80 communities in North Texas. The lake will be one of the key sources of water to meet the needs of a growing region expected to double in population in the next 50 years,” said Robert Thurmond of Wylie, president of the NTMWD board of directors.