The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

September 26, 2013

New lake wins approval

By BRAD KELLAR
Herald-Banner Staff

— In the coming years, the City of Ladonia may become lake front property.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Tuesday granted the water rights permit for the proposed Lake Ralph Hall.

The lake is the first major new water supply reservoir to be approved by the state agency in almost 30 years.

“We are delighted TCEQ approved the permit for Lake Ralph Hall,” said Thomas E. Taylor, Executive Director of Upper Trinity Regional Water District (UTRWD). “Lake Ralph Hall will help provide a reliable water supply to families and businesses in the North Texas region for many generations.”

The permit to develop the reservoir was filed in September 2003. Lake Ralph Hall will be about size of Lake Grapevine and is expected to provide 30 to 45 million gallons of water a day to communities in Denton County and portions of Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Grayson and Wise counties.

The new reservoir will be located in southeast Fannin County, north of Ladonia, along the North Sulphur River.

In May 2005, the UTRWD 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.

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.