Reservoir questions

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FANNIN CO. Tex.—Some Fannin County residents asked tough questions, looking for answers concerning a proposed reservoir. Hundreds of people met at the Multipurpose Facility for a public meeting.

The North Texas Municipal Water District applied to build the 16,526 acre lake with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. They say the lake would provide much needed water to Fannin County, as well as areas of the DFW Metroplex. They also say the lake would bring fishing and boating industry to the area, plus add a broader tax base into the county.

Several residents asked the TCEQ and water district officials multiple questions on taxing issues, selling land, and conservation issues. Some residents are concerned the lake will not be at capacity often causing what they describe a “mud pit” instead of a lake.

TCEQ officials also took official comments “on the record.” They plan to review each comment to use in their decision process.

Members of the community have until September 17th to file a complaint in writing. The issue could go to a contested case hearing in front of the State Office of Administrative Hearings. If approved, officials expect the project to be complete in 2017.

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