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  • WHITE RIVER WATERSHED ARKANSAS AND MISSOURI

    WHITE RIVER TABLE ROCK LAKE

    MASTER PLAN FOR DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF TABLE ROCK

    LAKE

    Revised: 2013

  • Chapter 1 Introduction ................................................................................................................ 1-1 a. Project Authorization ....................................................................................................... 1-1 b. Project Purpose ................................................................................................................ 1-2 c. Purpose and Scope of Master Plan................................................................................... 1-2 d. Brief Watershed and Project Description ........................................................................ 1-3 e. Listing of Prior Design Memorandums ........................................................................... 1-4 f. Listing of Pertinent Project Information .......................................................................... 1-4

    Chapter 2 Project Setting and Factors Influencing Management and Development (Existing Conditions) ................................................................................................................................... 2-1

    a. Description of Reservoir .................................................................................................. 2-1 b. Hydrology and Groundwater ........................................................................................... 2-1 c. Sedimentation and Shoreline Erosion .............................................................................. 2-2 d. Water Quality ................................................................................................................... 2-2 e. Project Access .................................................................................................................. 2-4 f. Climate ............................................................................................................................. 2-6 g. Topography, Geology, and Soils ..................................................................................... 2-6 h. Resource Analysis (level 1 inventory data) ..................................................................... 2-2

    (1) Fish and Wildlife Resources ...................................................................................... 2-2 (2) Vegetative Resources ................................................................................................. 2-3 (3) Threatened & Endangered Species ............................................................................ 2-6 (4) Invasive species ......................................................................................................... 2-6 (5) Ecological Setting ...................................................................................................... 2-7 (6) Wetlands .................................................................................................................... 2-8

    i. Cultural Resources ........................................................................................................... 2-9 Prehistoric ............................................................................................................................ 2-9 Historic ................................................................................................................................. 2-9 Previous Investigation in the Table Rock Lake Area ......................................................... 2-10 Recorded Cultural Resources in the Lake Area ................................................................. 2-10

    j. Demographics ................................................................................................................ 2-10 k. Economics ...................................................................................................................... 2-12 l. Recreation Facilities, Activities and Needs ................................................................... 2-12

    (1) Facility Information ................................................................................................. 2-12 (2) Recreation Areas ...................................................................................................... 2-12 (3) Future Park Development Area ............................................................................... 2-18 (4) Zones of Influence ................................................................................................... 2-18

  • (5) Visitation Profiles (OMBIL) .................................................................................... 2-20 (6) Recreation Analysis ................................................................................................. 2-21 (7) Recreational Carrying Capacity ............................................................................... 2-25

    m. Real Estate ..................................................................................................................... 2-31 (1) Acquisition Policy .................................................................................................... 2-31 (2) Management and Disposal Policy ............................................................................ 2-31

    n. Pertinent Public Laws .................................................................................................... 2-31 Chapter 3 Goals and Objectives ................................................................................................. 3-1

    a. The Table Rock Lake Master Plan Revision Vision Statement ....................................... 3-1 b. Policy and Master Plan Revision Schedule ..................................................................... 3-1 c. Goals and Objectives ....................................................................................................... 3-3

    (1) Goals .......................................................................................................................... 3-3 (2) Resource Objectives................................................................................................... 3-3

    Chapter 4 Land Allocation, Land Classification, Water Surface, and Project Easement Lands 4-1 Chapter 5 Resource Plan............................................................................................................. 5-1 Chapter 6 Special Topics/Issues/Considerations ........................................................................ 6-1

    a. Sedimentation. ................................................................................................................. 6-1 b. Water Supply ................................................................................................................... 6-1 c. Public Safety. ................................................................................................................... 6-2 d. Public Outreach. ............................................................................................................... 6-2

    Chapter 7 Agency and Public Coordination ............................................................................... 7-1 a. Introduction ...................................................................................................................... 7-1 b. Scoping. ........................................................................................................................... 7-1 c. Focus Groups. .................................................................................................................. 7-2 d. Draft Master Plan/Draft Environmental Assessment. ...................................................... 7-2 e. Final Master Plan/Final EA. ............................................................................................ 7-2

    Chapter 8 Summary of Recommendations ................................................................................. 8-1 Chapter 9 Bibliography .............................................................................................................. 9-1 Appendix A NEPA Documents Appendix B Summary of Public Comments Appendix C Design Memorandums and Prior Supplements Appendix D Plates

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    Chapter 1 Introduction

    a. Project Authorization Authorization is defined as “permission to undertake a specific activity”; in the context of this Master Plan revision, project authorization is defined as the ways and means by which the United States Corps of Engineers was originally justified in studying and constructing the White River Basin reservoirs, specifically Table Rock Lake. Additional authorizations for the project followed, including operating Table Rock Lake for Recreation, Fish and Wildlife, and Water Supply. In 1937 the Chief of Engineers presented a report to Congress reviewing his flood-control plans for the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys. The report stressed the need for reservoir control in the White River Basin and set up a system of flood-control reservoirs. In discussion of the Chief of Engineers’ report, the House Committee on Flood Control wrote that in addition to flood control, permanent pools for recreation and conservation of water for other useful purposes would add greatly to the usefulness of reservoir projects without sacrificing flood-control values. The Table Rock Lake project was later authorized as one of the multiple-purpose reservoir projects in the White River Basin for control of floodwaters, generation of hydropower, and ot