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Stump Removal Guidelines/Process

1. Coordinate with the local Brazos River Authority lake office prior to any removal of stumps/trees in the lakebed.

2. Complete a construction application detailing the scope of the project, method of removal, method of disposal, mitigation measures to ensure no adverse impacts to water quality/aquatic species, etc. – fee structure under assessment (no charge at this time).

3. Additional approvals may be required from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or the Texas Parks and Wildlife. Issuance/approval of a Brazos River Authority construction application to remove stumps/trees
does not relieve the requestor from any liabilities or permit requirements from other state or federal agencies.

4. General Guidance:

A. Removal is generally limited to areas immediately in the vicinity of the requestors on-water facility (i.e. dock).

B. Request for stump/tree removal will be considered on a case-by-case basis considering potential impacts to water quality, aquatic species, and best management practices.

C. Removal is generally limited to stumps/trees that are considered a navigational hazard or those that pose an imminent danger to health, safety, and welfare.

D. Trigger for a U.S. Army Corp of Engineer Section 404 permit is the discharge of dredged or fill material into a waters of the United States.

E. Habitat restoration/mitigation measures considered.

1. February 1 through May 31 (fish spawning) – no dredging; no removal of substrate.

2. Consider fish habitat replacement/restoration; positioning brush or rip/rap to promote improved habitat for fishing.

5. Contact Information

Possum Kingdom Lake 940-779-2321
Lake Granbury 817-573-3212
Lake Limestone 903-529-2141