Marvin Nichols

Tomorrow's Water Today
7:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Hall undecided on Marvin Nichols proposal

Bob Hall
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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. 

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Tomorrow's Water Today
8:13 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Water board won't get final word on Marvin Nichols Reservoir

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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.

Sears also mentions that Sen. Kevin Eltife, an East Texan, serves on the new legislative oversight committee set up to assist the Texas Water Development Board. 

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Tomorrow's Water Today
8:13 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Vernon mayors support Marvin Nichols plan

Mount Pleasant Mayor Paul Meriwether

  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.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
6:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Voices from Marvin Nichols public process: One opponent

Louisiana Black Bear
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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. 

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Texas Water
4:20 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Opponents outnumber supporters at Marvin Nichols forum

Attendees at the Apr. 29 forum in Mt. Pleasant.
Mark Haslett

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).

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:11 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Where would the 'mitigated' land be?

Hardwood bottomland forest is increasingly rare in Texas. Estimates place the amount of hardwood bottomland forest in the roughly 70,000-acre Marvin Nichols Reservoir site at about 30,000 acres.
Credit Texas Parks and Wildlife

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.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:11 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Group engages federal 'mitigation' mandate

Northeast Texas Water Coalition

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.

    

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Tomorrow's Water Today
8:46 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Environmentalist group opposes Marvin Nichols project

Texas Water Development Board

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. 

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:10 am
Mon April 7, 2014

How's Dallas doing with water conservation?

NPR

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.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:09 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Bottomland hardwood forests: Vital, shrinking habitat

Hardwood forests provide habitat for a diversity of flora and fauna.
NPR

Talk about the Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal often refers to "bottomland hardwood forest." What makes these forests different from other types of wooded areas? KETR spoke with Janice Bezanson of the Texas Conservation Alliance to find out.

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