NORTHEAST TEXAS (May 17, 2022) – Texans are weighing in on their opposition to the Marvin Nichols Reservoir Project – the costliest proposed project in the state’s body of water. To date, more than 1,600 people from across the Lone Star State have signed a petition to publicly oppose the tank. The petition was started by Preserving Northeast Texas, a growing group of fellow Texans, landowners, business owners, community leaders, conservationists and elected officials. Others wrote letters to Preserve Northeast Texas expressing their opposition to the use of eminent domain to build the expensive and unnecessary reservoir.

The proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir, located on the mainstem Sulfur River in Red River, Titus and Franklin counties, would flood more than 66,000 acres of ranches, hardwood forests and heritage wetlands in the northeast of Texas to carry water 150 miles. Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. In addition to the land that would be flooded, the proposed reservoir would require at least an additional 130,000 acres to be removed from private property for mitigation purposes. The eminent domain will be used to force thousands of Texans to sell their land, some of which has been in their families since the 1800s. Additionally, water usage reports show the project is driven by demand for watering lawns in the DFW area.

Northeast Texas residents are putting their words to paper to demonstrate their strong opposition to the wasteful water project which, for them, represents the potential loss of their livelihoods. Many Northeast Texans view the proposed water project for the harrowing risk it poses in jeopardizing their family lands, as well as the destruction it would have to their local environment, economy and community. Some expressed frustration, arguing for other measures to be considered by water planners so that rural residents and businesses do not suffer at the expense of the demands of urban areas.

“The construction of the reservoir will mean a major blow to the ecosystem of northeast Texas. We will lose many native trees, [and] the production of wood will slow down and create a rise in prices… Building a reservoir should not be the first choice. There are many more alternatives to providing more water to the DFW area,” Brandon wrote.

“Eminent domain has a history of being a flawed system used for government convenience,” Pedro said. “A more accurate definition of this would be, ‘It’s your turf until Dallas needs it’ in this case. When will large metropolitan areas stop taking land from small towns? ” He asked. “Who’s to say your land isn’t next?”

“The cost of the reservoir would not be worth the trouble that [would] arise with it. For example, land on which families have lived for years should be purchased. Where would they go? Saul asked. “It would be a big waste of agricultural land… Many species of animals would be driven from their homes,” he wrote before offering a solution. “Building the tank would be an extreme course of action; why not take simple steps to save water? Why waste so much money when you could use a fraction of it to fund water conservation efforts? »

Another Texan, Alan, wrote with a similar suggestion and said, “Instead of taking land [from fellow Texans]Dallas should focus more on water conservation methods.

Conservation would be a cheaper option given that the Marvin Nichols reservoir project in rural northeast Texas will be paid for by Dallas-Fort Worth area taxpayers at an estimated cost of $4.4 billion and in increase. There are untapped water resources and less expensive, less environmentally damaging options that exist and could be accessed to meet the demands of the growing metroplex without having to build the Marvin Nichols Reservoir. A few of these options include using existing reservoirs, capturing storm water and filtering wastewater and reusing it using current technology.

“We small town dwellers should not be responsible for the mismanagement of big cities. There are

alternatives to depriving people of thousands of acres of land,” Odalys wrote.

“There are other methods to save and conserve more water than creating a reservoir and killing 200,000 acres of natural ecosystems. We simply don’t need to destroy the environment for the essential items we have anymore. already have,” Jenny wrote. “There are so many alternative methods to [provide] water supply [without] make a new tank. One day we will run out of space to even have the ability to create another reservoir, so what? ” she asked.

The Marvin Nichols Reservoir was adopted by water planners due to the prediction of future pressure on the DFW Metroplex water supply. This prediction is based not only on projected population growth, but also on continued high water use per capita. The target date for the completion of the reservoir was brought forward in the national water plan last summer from 2070 to 2050.

Preserve Northeast Texas continues to encourage anyone in Texas who opposes the Marvin Nichols Reservoir Project to sign the petition on its website at: PreserveNortheastTexas.org. The organization’s website offers downloadable information for advocates, in addition to advice on how others can get involved in opposing the proposed tank. The group is also present on Facebook and instagram at @PreserveNortheastTexas and Twitter @NoMarvinNichols.

The Preserve Northeast Texas Steering Committee includes:

Bill Ward, Jim Thompson, Max Shumake, Shirley Shumake, Linda Price, Richard LeTourneau, Cynthia Gwinn, Gary Cheatwood and Janice Bezanson.