Updates for Residents & Stakeholders

Aug 17, 2021

Dear Residents and Project Stakeholders,

Dallas Water Utilities is making progress on the Bachman Lake Dredging and Dam and Spillway Rehabilitation Projects. The dredging project bid in June 2021 and construction award is scheduled for City Council consideration in October 2021. The preliminary design phase has been completed on the Bachman Dam and Spillway Rehabilitation Project and will move into final engineering design work with the approval of a supplemental agreement in August 2021. The completion of the final design and bidding of the Bachman Dam and Spillway Rehabilitation Project will occur in Winter 2022/2023. 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.

A public meeting was held on February 8, 2021, with the Friends of Bachman Lake. Staff presented an overview of the project and residents had an opportunity to provide community input. In Spring 2022, Dallas Water Utilities will join the Friends of Bachman Lake Neighbors In the Know Meeting to provide a project update on the anticipated ongoing dredging work and the final engineering design of the dam and spillway improvements. The latest information on the Bachman Dam and Spillway Rehabilitation Project and dredging can be found on the project website at Residents and stakeholders may also follow the project on social media platforms at @bachmanlakedam on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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


Timeline Project Activity
Winter 2020/2021
  • Public & Bachman Lake Stakeholders Meeting to present Project Update – Met with Friends of Bachman Lake (FoBL) on February 8, 2021
Summer 2021
  • Opened Bids for Dredging Services
  • Begin Final Design Phase of Dam Rehabilitation
Fall 2021
  • Council Consideration of Dredging Construction Contract
Winter 2021/2022
  • Begin Bachman Lake Dredging Work
Spring 2022
  • Public & Bachman Lake Stakeholders Meeting to present Project Update – Meeting with Friends of Bachman Lake (FoBL)
Winter 2022/2023
  • Completion of Bachman Lake Dredging and Demobilization
  • Complete Dam Rehabilitation Design Advertisement for Bids of Dam Rehabilitation
Spring 2023
  • Council Consideration of Dam Rehabilitation Construction Contract
  • Begin Dam Rehabilitation Construction
Fall 2024
  • 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].