The Sierra Club of Texas, along with other environmentalist organizations, opposes the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir in Northeast Texas. Ken Kramer of the Sierra Club says that the development is not necessary for the region's future water needs.
Ken Kramer of the Sierra Club describes his group's opposition to the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir. (Mark Haslett/KETR)
The City of Dallas has a reputation for being slow to pick up water conservation practices. Ken Kramer of the Sierra Club says that while some other Texas cities have more developed conservation practices, but Dallas is catching up.
Senate Bill 3 established "environmental flow standards" for river basins associated with a river that flows into the Gulf of Mexico in Texas. But for some rivers in the northern part of the state, no such standards are in place.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality must decide on acceptable flow standards in those river basins on a case-by-case basis. River basins in Northeast Texas with no established flow standards are the Red, the Sulphur and the Cypress.
With all the attention on the Texas Water Development Board, it's worth noting that there's more than one state agency involved in the construction of any new reservoir. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality must grant a license for any new reservoir construction project. The licensure process is a long and complicated one.
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.