Building permits granted for Lake Ralph Hall reservoir

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FANNIN COUNTY, TX -- A permit to build the first water supply reservoir in Texas in nearly three decades has been granted right here in Texoma.

Fannin County Judge Spanky Carter meets with judges from all over Texas frequently. He says no matter where he is in the state there's always one topic that comes up.

Judge Spanky Carter said, "There's always a topic on water and water usage, that we're running out of water so we gotta do things. Aquifers are getting lower and lower and we just don't have enough water."

That's why Judge Carter and other residents were thrilled when they learned the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality granted approval for Lake Ralph Hall to be built off the North Sulphur River but some residents will have to give up their land for the lake to be built.

Judge Spanky Carter added, "We're trading some beautiful pieces of property in Fannin County and down around Lake Ralph Hall there are some places that are unreal, that people don't realize how beautiful they are. Those places are gonna be gone. They're gonna be under water. So, if we're gonna trade those we need to have something come back that's just as beautiful."

The reservoir will cover 12,000 acres of land in fannin county and supply 30 million gallons of water a day for the North Texas region. It's a project Judge Spanky Carter says will bring a lot of growth to his county.

Judge Carter added, "We've talked about building golf courses, things like that. It could be a great fishing lake. You know hopefully homes. Nice homes will be built around the lake. Things of that nature, marinas."

Bonham Chamber of Commerce President John Farris is looking forward to the tourism the lake will bring

Farris said, "The lake's gonna pull visitors in, tourists in, things like that. Actually people gonna be speculating to live near a lake, so it's gonna be good."

The lake will cost $274 million dollars and provide water to Fannin, Denton, Dallas, and Collin counties. It's in the early stages, the land still needs to be purchased. Some of which is federal land owned by the army corps of engineers.

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