Supporters of the new Lake Ralph Hall feel they’re on schedule to win state and federal approval for the proposed reservoir.The Southeast Fannin County project is expected to provide water for 200,000 people, mostly in Denton County where the population is exploding. But supporters say it would also solve a decades-old soil erosion problem with the North Sulphur River.
In the 1920′s, a channel was built along the river to keep nearby farmland from flooding. It was 10 feet deep and 1 -feet wide. It worked, and the farmland doesn’t flood anymore, but erosion has widened the channel to “twice the width of the Panama Canal.”
Supporters of the lake, named after long-time Congressman Ralph Hall, claim the channel will become the backbone of the new reservoir. “This giant channel will become a storage vessel for our water supply,” said Thomas Taylor, Executive Director of the Upper Trinity River Water District, the agency pushing for the project. “And we’ll turn what is an unmitigated disaster into a very high quality asset and it’ll help restore the environment and add habitat.”