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.
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 (RegionCandD@twdb.texas.gov) and mail (Office of General Counsel, Attn: Connie Sanders, 1700 North Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701).
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.
The Northeast Texas Water Coalition, 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.
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.
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.
The Texas Water Development Board divides the state into 16 regions for the purposes of water planning. The Northeast Texas planning group (Region D) and the North Texas planning group (Region C) disagree on one huge question - the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir. State Senator Bob Deuell (R-Greenville), whose district overlaps both regions, favors alternatives to Marvin Nichols Reservoir.