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Public hearing held to discuss possible E. Texas reservoir for DFW area

The proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir (Source: The proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir (Source:
Region C (Source: Texas Water Development Board) Region C (Source: Texas Water Development Board)
Region D (Source: Texas Water Development Board) Region D (Source: Texas Water Development Board)
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A public hearing is set to take place Tuesday afternoon to discuss the possibility of a new 70,000 acre water reservoir coming to East Texas.

The Marvin Nichols Reservoir is on the Texas Water Development Board's most recent agenda for Region C. However, Region D administrators will not place the reservoir on their agenda. Several conflicts exist between the two water regions. These conflicts will be discussed Tuesday are open to public comment.

The Region C water district is made up of Dallas, Tarrant, Rockwall, Parker, Collin, Fannin, Grayson, Wise, Cooke, Denton, Ellis, and Kaufman Counties. Major cities exist within Region C, including Dallas, Ft. Worth, Denton, Plano and Mesquite.

The Region D water district is what most consider East Texas. The region is made up of Gregg, Smith, Harrison, Camp, Titus, Cass, Marion, Van Zandt, Hunt, Hopkins, Franklin, Morris, Lamar, Bowie, Delta and Red River Counties. Large cities included in Region D are Longview, Texarkana, Greenville and part of Tyler.

The proposed Mavin Nichols Reservoir would be between 66,000 and 70,000 acres. The reservoir would overlap large portions of the Red, Sulphur Cypress and Sabine river basins. Additionally, thousands of acres would need to be acquired from land owners.

The main dispute over the reservoir is whether it should be built in Region D to serve only the water needs of residents in Region C. The Region D water district is also concerned about the potential socioeconomic, environmental and private property impacts of the reservoir.

In a letter to board members, Texas Water Development Board Executive Administrator Kevin Patterson said, "Thousands more acres would be required for environmental mitigation, all for a project that does not serve and is not needed by the residents of the region."

The public has until Friday, May 2, to submit their comments and concerns. The executive administrator for the Texas Water Development Board will submit final recommendations regarding the reservoir on May 15. The water project's fate is yet to be determined.

Tuesday's public hearing will take place at the Mount Pleasant Civic Center at 2 p.m. A second public hearing is scheduled for April 30 at the Bob Duncan Center in Arlington at 2 p.m.

Public comments can be submitted by mail, email or in person at two public hearings. Click here for more information about how to submit your comments.

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