State water board recommends building ET reservoir

State water board recommends building ET reservoir
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:33pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:44pm

The Dallas area’s critical need for future water supplies drives a recommendation issued Tuesday for Marvin Nichols Reservoir in Northeast Texas to remain in the state’s 50-year plan.

The decision, which will go before the Texas Water Development Board for a final determination, starts a new chapter in a 15-year tug-of-war between Northeast Texas and the Dallas area.

Public hearings will be scheduled during the next two months, one each in the Dallas-based Region C and Northeast Texas, which is Region D. The executive director of the Texas Water Development Board, Kevin Patteson, will then bring his recommendation to the three-member board.

And the recommendation announced Tuesday is to build the 68,000-acre lake on the Sulphur River in Red River County.

“I’m not surprised that they would recommend that,” said Richard LeTourneau of Longview, a former member of the Northeast Texas Regional Water Planning Group and one of three members who represented Region D on a joint C/D committee that came to an impasse about Marvin Nichols in December.

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