Tomorrow's Water Today 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 'Tomorrow's Water Today' to return July 21 http://ketr.org/post/tomorrows-water-today-return-july-21 <p>KETR's weekly water news series "Tomorrow's Water Today" is on a summer hiatus and will return on Mon. July 21.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:00:44 +0000 Mark Haslett 54998 at http://ketr.org 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 Water board won't get final word on Marvin Nichols Reservoir http://ketr.org/post/water-board-wont-get-final-word-marvin-nichols-reservoir <p>Northeast Texas Municipal Water District administrator Walt Sears discusses the three hurdles that any new reservoir in Texas must clear. A project must first be included in the state water plan, which is published by the Texas Water Development Board. Then, another state agency, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, must issue permits for the project. Finally, the new reservoir must receive federal approval.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:13:59 +0000 Mark Haslett 54364 at http://ketr.org Water board won't get final word on Marvin Nichols Reservoir 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 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 Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Vernon mayors support Marvin Nichols plan http://ketr.org/post/mt-pleasant-mt-vernon-mayors-support-marvin-nichols-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The mayor of Mount Pleasant, Paul Meriwether, and the mayor of Mount Vernon, Margaret Sears, both support the proposal to build the Marvin Nichols Reservoir in Northeast Texas. Meriwether and Sears addressed the public at a forum on the issue hosted by the Texas Water Development Board and held in Mount Pleasant on Apr. 29.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 13:13:02 +0000 Mark Haslett 53391 at http://ketr.org Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Vernon mayors support Marvin Nichols plan 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 Where would the 'mitigated' land be? http://ketr.org/post/where-would-mitigated-land-be <p>After over a decade of public discussion and commentary, the Texas Water Development Board should be coming to a decision on the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir soon. The public commentary period ends 5 p.m. Friday, May 2. The board is accepting emailed and written comments.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:11:07 +0000 Mark Haslett 52764 at http://ketr.org Where would the 'mitigated' land be? Group engages federal 'mitigation' mandate http://ketr.org/post/group-engages-federal-mitigation-mandate <p>The <a href="http://www.waterfortomorrow.org/">Northeast Texas Water Coalition</a>, based in Mount Pleasant, is a group that includes supporters of the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir. The organization's president, Ty Abston, discusses how he wants to make sure that if the project goes through, that whichever areas use the water are also those areas that have to give up land to the federal "mitigation" requirement.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:11:06 +0000 Mark Haslett 52416 at http://ketr.org Group engages federal 'mitigation' mandate