Region D water group protests inclusion of Marvin Nichols reservoir in state plan
From Staff Reports

Representatives of the North East Texas Regional Water Planning Group (Region D) have protested the inclusion of the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir in the Texas Water Development Board’s new Texas Water Plan.

Members of the planning group, joined by more than 50 residents of Northeast Texas, told the state water development board at a public hearing in Gilmer Thursday night that the draft plan released by the TWDB “ignored the wishes of North East Texas, its legislators and its appointed water planning authority.”

The Marvin Nichols lake, which would be located on the Sulphur River south of Clarksville, was included in the state plan at the request of water planners representing Region C, which covers the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Richard LeTourneau, vice-chairman of the Region D planning group, said that while the Northeast Texas planning group respects the TWDB staff and its work, “we do not agree with the plan’s conclusions.”

The inclusion of Marvin Nichols “does not reflect our region’s work or the wishes of the public or our legislators," he said.

LeTourneau also said the inclusion of Marvin Nichols “is not consistent with TWDB’s promise to protect natural resources and the environment.”

George Frost, another Region D director, said the state plan ignored the fact that, by raising the levels of Wright Patman Reservoir, some 900,000 acre feet of water “could be realized without taking one acre.”

A third Region D director, Sharron Nabors, also protested the inclusion of Marvin Nichols in the state plan. She said all members of the Region D planning group, with one exception, voted for removing Marvin Nichols from the North East Texas Water Plan. She said the proposed lake is widely opposed by landowners, agricultural operators and timber growers in the area.

The three Region D directors were joined by nine other individuals in opposing the lake. Two individuals, Clarksville Mayor Ann Rushing and former Region D director Gary Jackson of Lindale, supported the inclusion of the lake.

The Region D group voted to oppose Marvin Nichols the day before the state hearing. The regional board will file additional comments with TWDB in Austin next month and ask Northeast Texas legislators to seek “a legislative fix.”

Citizens can provide comments on the draft Texas Water Plan by e-mail to Bill.Roberts@twdb.state.tx.us or by sending them to the following address: Bill Roberts, Water Resources Planning Division, Texas Water Development Board, PO Box 13231, Austin, TX 78711-3231.


� Information from North East Texas Regional Water Planning Group

Representatives of the North East Texas Regional Water Planning Group (Region D) have protested the inclusion of the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir in the Texas Water Development Board’s new Texas Water Plan.

Members of the planning group, joined by more than 50 residents of Northeast Texas, told the state water development board at a public hearing in Gilmer Thursday night that the draft plan released by the TWDB “ignored the wishes of North East Texas, its legislators and its appointed water planning authority.”

The Marvin Nichols lake, which would be located on the Sulphur River south of Clarksville, was included in the state plan at the request of water planners representing Region C, which covers the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Richard LeTourneau, vice-chairman of the Region D planning group, said that while the Northeast Texas planning group respects the TWDB staff and its work, “we do not agree with the plan’s conclusions.”

The inclusion of Marvin Nichols “does not reflect our region’s work or the wishes of the public or our legislators," he said.

LeTourneau also said the inclusion of Marvin Nichols “is not consistent with TWDB’s promise to protect natural resources and the environment.”

George Frost, another Region D director, said the state plan ignored the fact that, by raising the levels of Wright Patman Reservoir, some 900,000 acre feet of water “could be realized without taking one acre.”

A third Region D director, Sharron Nabors, also protested the inclusion of Marvin Nichols in the state plan. She said all members of the Region D planning group, with one exception, voted for removing Marvin Nichols from the North East Texas Water Plan. She said the proposed lake is widely opposed by landowners, agricultural operators and timber growers in the area.

The three Region D directors were joined by nine other individuals in opposing the lake. Two individuals, Clarksville Mayor Ann Rushing and former Region D director Gary Jackson of Lindale, supported the inclusion of the lake.

The Region D group voted to oppose Marvin Nichols the day before the state hearing. The regional board will file additional comments with TWDB in Austin next month and ask Northeast Texas legislators to seek “a legislative fix.”

Citizens can provide comments on the draft Texas Water Plan by e-mail to Bill.Roberts@twdb.state.tx.us or by sending them to the following address: Bill Roberts, Water Resources Planning Division, Texas Water Development Board, PO Box 13231, Austin, TX 78711-3231.


� Information from North East Texas Regional Water Planning Group

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