Texas Water

Tomorrow's Water Today
7:37 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Board requests 'quantitative, not qualitative' study

Credit TWDB

Dramatic moments in public water policy planning aren’t too common. But there actually was such a moment in Texas water policy last week. It involved the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir, which if built, would flood about 70,000 acres north of Mount Pleasant.

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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
7:55 am
Mon March 24, 2014

No flow standards for Sulphur, Cypress, Red River Basins

State of Texas

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.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:05 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Marvin Nichols fate will be decided in Austin

TWDB

After years of conflict, the fate of the controversial Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal will be decided by the Texas Water Development Board's governing board in Austin. The decision could come while the three-person governing body is down to just two members.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:12 am
Mon February 10, 2014

SWIFT focus now on regional plans

Carlos Rubinstein
Texas Water Development Board

The planning process for the Texas Water Development Board now focuses on the 16 regions and the reginal plans. If you live in Hunt, Lamar. Delta, Hopkins, Franklin, Wood, Rains or Van Zandt counties, you're in Region D. The next board meeting for the region is Feb. 19 in Mount Pleasant. If you live in Collin, Fannin, Rockwall or Kaufman counties, you're in Region C.

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Texas Water
3:30 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Cooper Lake at less than half capacity as drought continues

Cooper Lake has retreated well past its former banks.
Cindy Roller KETR

Some welcome rains this afternoon aren't enough to make a dent in the overall drought in Northeast Texas.

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Texas Water
2:10 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Lake Ralph Hall plan clears hurdle

Texas Highway 34 crosses the North Sulphur River north of Ladonia.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will be the next agency to review the plan for Lake Ralph Hall, which supporters say would be an environmental boon as well as a needed water source.

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Texas Water
2:17 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Okla. tribal rights could figure into Red River future

Just north of Lamar County, Texas, the Kiamichi River feeds Hugo Lake before flowing into Red River.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma / NPR

The water rights of Native American nations in Oklahoma are based on decades-old agreements that haven't been quantified. How Oklahoma interprets those rights could affect water available to Texas and other states in the Red River Compact.

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Texas Water
5:24 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Supreme Court rules against Tarrant in water case

The Red River Compact governs water use among the four states that share the basin.
U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court ruled today in favor of Oklahoma and against a Texas water district wanting to purchase water from Oklahoma. The justices ruled that the Red River Compact "creates no cross-border rights in Texas."

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