Sunset Bay is silted in (photo by Tim Rogers)

Nature & Environment

White Rock Lake Still Needs Our Help

The poop has passed, but the silt remains.

For the past few days White Rock Lake has drawn the city’s attention because it looked like 1 million gallons of Plano’s poopwater was going to flow into it. Thankfully the waste was contained upstream, and the lake today is once again open for recreational fun times (as long as you don’t get the water in one of your orifices). Everything is copacetic, right? NO! IT’S NOT!

Plano sends us more than just a periodic deluge of excreta. It also sends us silt. There’s a lot of dirt to north, and a lot of it is flying. A bunch of it makes its way south, draining through tributaries into White Rock Creek and then to the lake. It’s time once again to dredge the lake. We have to do it every 20 years or so. The last time we did it was 1998.

I took the above photo this morning at Sunset Bay, on the eastern side of the lake. Do you see what I’m talking about?


  • Charm Offensive

    I sure do. But don’t forget White Rock’s homlier sister, Bachman. That needs dredging very badly, and as far as I know, we can’t blame that on Plano.

    • Agreed. Bachman needs our help, too. Maybe we can get a bulk discount from a dredger?

  • Jim Schutze

    The fact is that nature doesn’t want lakes there. Both White Rock and Bachman are defiances of natural forces — bigger versions of plastic pump-up wading pools. As long as we want to keep them there, we will have to keep spending money for dredging. But one day we will achieve the ability to tote up their true total cost in ancillary environmental damage, and then we will allow nature to do a big re-po on them.

    • mutatron

      Every Texan knows the only natural lake in Texas is Caddo, and we share that one with Louisiana. I like having White Rock Lake, lots of Dallasites do, so dredge away! All the other lakes in the area will have to be dredged one day too, or replaced. And let’s not pretend man-made lakes cause more environmental damage than housing, roads, and all the other infrastructure that’s been built up around here.