The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Local News

June 27, 2013

Lake Ralph Hall clears another hurdle

A new reservoir planned for Fannin County has cleared another hurdle.

Administrative law judges for the State Office of Administrative Hearings recommended approval this week for the pending water rights permit for Lake Ralph Hall.

The recommendation moves the proposed new water supply one step closer to approval. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is expected to make a final recommendation on the pending permit later this year, according to Thomas E. Taylor, executive director of the Upper Trinity Regional Water District (UTRWD).

“Lake Ralph Hall is critical to meeting the region’s growing water needs; and the pending permit is one step closer to being approved,” Taylor said in an announcement issued Tuesday.

Lake Ralph Hall will be a water supply reservoir proposed to be located on the North Sulphur River and Sulphur River Basin near Ladonia under a  proposal made by Region C of the UTRWD.

In May 2005, the District included the reservoir in its regional water management plan, which covers the water supply needs for Fannin, Denton, Dallas and Collin counties , plus 12 other counties, for the next 50 years.

The proposal had drawn both support and criticism, including from the Fannin County Commissioners Court, which had initially withheld its approval of the project.

Lake Ralph Hall is predicted to provide approximately 30 million gallons of water per day for the Upper Trinity service area, the City of Ladonia and Fannin County. The Lake is also expected to generate approximately $18 billion dollars in economic benefits for the service area, including $148 million in economic benefits for Fannin County.

“The proposed Lake Ralph Hall is the right size, can be completed in time to protect a potential water supply crisis and is the lowest-cost source of new water supply available for Upper Trinity customers,” Taylor said. “The site of the proposed lake is unique, with no cemeteries, oil or gas wells or pipelines, or transmission lines, and it will make a positive environmental contribution to the area by restoring wetlands and mitigating a long-term soil erosion problem. The lake has strong local support in Denton County, where most of the customers live who will use the water ... and in Fannin County where the lake will be built.”

Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads

See more photos and purchase prints here.


What's been the primary cause of the Texas Rangers' poor first half of the 2014 baseball season?

Too many injuries
The loss of Nolan Ryan in the front office
Questionable decisions by general manager Jon Daniels
On-field decisions by manager Ron Washington
Key players just aren't producing
All of the above
     View Results
AP Video
Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 U.N. School in Gaza Hit by Israeli Strike Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Officials Warn of Avoidable Death in Hot Cars Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record
Must Read
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Reader's Choice