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Help Stop Marvin Nichols Reservoir

Join Texas Conservation Alliance and Patagonia in submitting comments on the Region C Initially Prepared Plan – tell Region C we don’t need or want the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir.



For 20 years, Texas Conservation Alliance and a coalition of ranchers, timber interests, and community leaders in northeast Texas have told the Region C Water Planning Group that there are cheaper, less destructive ways to get water than building Nichols Reservoir. Now you have the opportunity to tell them, too.


At a hearing May 11 and during the comment period from April 11 to July 11, Region C will be accepting comments on its draft plan. Tell Region C NOT to build Marvin Nichols! Details below of why the reservoir is a bad idea.


Public Comment Hearing: Monday, May 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center St, Arlington, TX 76014


Written comments: J. Kevin Ward, Chair, Region C Water Planning Group,

c/o Trinity River Authority of Texas, P.O. Box 60, Arlington, TX 76004


Marvin Nichols Reservoir would cost $4.4 billion and inundate 66,000 acres of beautiful forests and productive ranch land vital for wildlife habitat in the Sulphur River basin.

The proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir would inundate twenty miles of the Sulphur River and countless miles of feeder streams. It would force thousands of Texans off their land – land that provides their livelihoods, for some land that has been in the family for generations. The negative impact on the timber and agriculture-based economy of rural northeast Texas would be dramatic.



In 2016 the Region C Water Planning Group was recommending the Marvin Nichols project for the year 2070. Now Region C is moving the reservoir forward and proponents are saying they may begin seeking a permit in the next few years.


Region C should be recommending cost-effective, low-impact options for water supply such as increased municipal water recycling, harnessing urban runoff, and storing surface water in underground aquifers. Water conservation efforts should be focused on reducing lawn watering, including promoting use of native plants, or plants with water needs that can be supplied by the local rainfall.


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