Residents & Stakeholders — February 2021

Dear Residents and Project Stakeholders, 

Dallas Water Utilities is making progress on the Bachman Lake Dredging Project and is currently at sixty percent (60%) design completion. The Bachman Dam and Spillway Rehabilitation Project is in the preliminary design report phase and work is also progressing. Upon review and approval, the dam and spillway rehabilitation project will move into final engineering design. These projects include engineering efforts to ensure dam safety and regulatory compliance and lake dredging based on the Bachman Lake Task Force’s recommendation to “Maintain the Lake”. The projects will update hydrology and hydraulics and address regulatory flood capacity, address Bachman Dam structural and stability recommendations and return the lake to recreational levels by removing accumulated sediment. 

In the past few months, the engineer has completed field activities for permitting and design including: Topographic Survey of the Lake; Fresh Water Mussel Survey; Bathymetric Survey to Estimate Dredging Volume; Geotechnical Investigation; Waters of the US Survey for Wetlands Delineation and Cultural Resources Survey for Permitting. 

A public meeting was held on August 10, 2020, with the Friends of Bachman Lake. Staff presented an overview of the project and residents had an opportunity to provide community input. On February 8, 2021, Dallas Water Utilities will join the Friends of Bachman Lake Neighbors In the Know Meeting to provide a project update. Residents may join the virtual public meeting via Facebook Live at from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (English Session) and 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Spanish Session). Project updates and meeting information will be posted on the project website at and social media platforms at @bachmanlakedam on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Below is an extended project timeline, to be refined upon completion of the Dam Rehabilitation Final Design Report and analysis of its findings and consideration of criteria such as cost, schedule, constructability, and permitting.



Project Activity 

June 2020 

Continue Dam Rehabilitation Design Approach Refinement. 

Dredging Design and Field Work Tasks for Freshwater Mussel Survey, Bathymetric Survey, Cultural Resources, Topographic Survey, and Geotechnical Investigation. 

Late Summer 2020 

Public & Bachman Lake Stakeholders Meeting to present project overview and gather input. August 2020 meeting with Friends of Bachman Lake (FoBL). 

Winter 2020/2021 

Complete Dam Rehabilitation Design Basis Report 

Public & Bachman Lake Stakeholders Meeting to present Project Update – February 8, 2021 with Friends of Bachman Lake (FoBL). 

Summer 2021 

Begin Final Design Phase of Dam Rehabilitation. 

Open Bids for Dredging Services 

Council Consideration of Dredging Construction Contract 

Fall 2021 

Begin Bachman Lake Dredging Work 

Spring/Summer 2022 

Complete Dam Rehabilitation Design and Advertisement for Bids 

Summer 2022 

Completion of Bachman Lake Dredging and Demobilization 

Summer 2022 

Council Consideration of Dam Rehabilitation Construction Contract 

Fall 2022 

Begin Dam Rehabilitation Construction 

Fall/Winter 2023 

Completion of Dam Rehabilitation Construction and Demobilization 


Please let us know if you do not wish to continue receiving updates about this project. Additional project updates will be disseminated as the project moves forward. 

For questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact Dallas Water Utilities Project Manager, Mark S. Mihm, P.E., CDT, ENV SP at 214-670-4271 or [email protected].