Texas Water Development Board http://ketr.org en State seeking public input on conservation priorities http://ketr.org/post/state-seeking-public-input-conservation-priorities <p>Last year, Texas voters approved the allocation of $2 billion from the state’s rainy day fund to pay for water projects. Proposition 6 won fairly handily, but many from both the left and the right sides of the political spectrum had concerns about the new water fund. Transparency and accountability were mentioned. And even supporters of the measure cautioned against over-investing in certain types of projects. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:42:34 +0000 Mark Haslett 56597 at http://ketr.org State seeking public input on conservation priorities Hall undecided on Marvin Nichols proposal http://ketr.org/post/hall-undecided-marvin-nichols-proposal <p>Van Zandt county retired businessman Bob Hall rode a wave of Tea Party support to defeat longtime state Senator Bob Deuell in a Republican Party primary runoff last month. Having won the GOP nomination, Hall is considered a safe bet to win the general election in November.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Mark Haslett 54655 at http://ketr.org Hall undecided on Marvin Nichols proposal NE Texas water official trusts public process http://ketr.org/post/ne-texas-water-official-trusts-public-process <p>The fate of the Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal - at least insofar as it figures into the Texas Water Development Board's plans - now lies in the hands of that agency's <a href="http://www.twdb.texas.gov/about/board/index.asp">three-person governing body</a>, consisting of chairman Carlos Rubinstein, Bech Bruun and Kathleen Jackson.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 17:19:27 +0000 Mark Haslett 54059 at http://ketr.org NE Texas water official trusts public process TWDB admin stands by pro-Marvin Nichols recommendation, but revises details http://ketr.org/post/twdb-admin-stands-pro-marvin-nichols-recommendation-revises-details <p>Texas Water Development Board Executive Administrator Kevin Patteson&nbsp;is standing by his decision to support the Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal. Patteson's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twdb.texas.gov/home/tabs/doc/hot/regioncanddconflict_final.pdf">recommendation to the agency's board</a> included some revisions to the draft published in March, but kept its central message.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 21:44:49 +0000 Mark Haslett 53747 at http://ketr.org TWDB admin stands by pro-Marvin Nichols recommendation, but revises details Board to receive internal recommendation this week http://ketr.org/post/board-receive-internal-recommendation-week <p>It’s going to be a busy week for the Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal. The Texas Water Development Board is in the process of resolving a conflict between two regional planning groups over the idea. The Northeast Texas group doesn’t want there to be a new, 70,000 acre lake along the Sulphur River north of Mount Pleasant. The North Texas group is in favor of the proposal.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 13:06:39 +0000 Mark Haslett 53709 at http://ketr.org Board to receive internal recommendation this week Voices from Marvin Nichols public process: One opponent http://ketr.org/post/voices-marvin-nichols-public-process-one-opponent <p><span style="font-size: small;">The testimonials have been given and now the waiting begins. The Texas Water Development Board’s public commentary period on the Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal ended May 2.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Mark Haslett 53066 at http://ketr.org Voices from Marvin Nichols public process: One opponent Opponents outnumber supporters at Marvin Nichols forum http://ketr.org/post/opponents-outnumber-supporters-marvin-nichols-forum <p>In Mount Pleasant on Apr. 29, over 400 people attended an Apr. 29 public forum on Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal hosted by the Texas Water Development Board.</p><p>The Texas Water Development Board’s public comment period on the Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal continues through 5 p.m. Friday. The agency is receiving written comment by email (<a href="mailto:RegionCandD@twdb.texas.gov">RegionCandD@twdb.texas.gov</a>) and mail (Office of General Counsel, Attn: Connie Sanders, 1700 North Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701).</p><p></p><p><strong><em>Audio transcript</em></strong></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:20:46 +0000 Mark Haslett 52896 at http://ketr.org Opponents outnumber supporters at Marvin Nichols forum Marvin Nichols hearings Apr. 29 in Mt. Pleasant, Apr. 30 in Arlington http://ketr.org/post/marvin-nichols-hearings-apr-29-mt-pleasant-apr-30-arlington <p>The Texas Water Development Board has announced the two public hearings during which the agency will receive public comment on the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:38:05 +0000 Mark Haslett 51503 at http://ketr.org Marvin Nichols hearings Apr. 29 in Mt. Pleasant, Apr. 30 in Arlington Bottomland hardwood forests: Vital, shrinking habitat http://ketr.org/post/bottomland-hardwood-forests-vital-shrinking-habitat <p>Talk about the Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal often refers to<a href="https://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/pwd_rp_t3200_1057a/index.phtml"> "bottomland hardwood forest.</a>" What makes these forests different from other types of wooded areas? KETR spoke with Janice Bezanson&nbsp;of the <a href="http://www.tcatexas.org/?portfolio=importance-of-bottomland-hardwood-forests">Texas Conservation Alliance</a> to find out.</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:09:05 +0000 Mark Haslett 51444 at http://ketr.org Bottomland hardwood forests: Vital, shrinking habitat Nichols preliminary approval puts Parkhouse in background http://ketr.org/post/nichols-preliminary-approval-puts-parkhouse-background <p>On March 4, the State of Texas gave preliminary approval to the Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal. The public commentary period on this issue will continue through April 15, with the final decision due May 15. The destiny of the other proposed project in the Sulphur River Basin - the George Parkhouse Reservoirs - will be determined after the Marvin Nichols proposal gets its final thumbs-up or thumbs-down.</p><p></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:09:40 +0000 Mark Haslett 50446 at http://ketr.org Nichols preliminary approval puts Parkhouse in background