Areas that are fighting for their water rights!
Why the proposed Marvin Nichols Lake on the Sulphur
River is bad for Northeast Texans
LAND LOSSES AND TAXES
Marvin Nichols Lake, the first of the lakes that Dallas-Ft.Worth Planners are trying to force on
Northeast Texans, would destroy over 72,000 acres of farms, ranches, and forest. In addition to
the 72,000 acres, at least another 163,000 acres would be necessary to mitigate the federally
listed "Priority 1" bottomland hardwood forest which would be flooded, according to the Texas
Parks and Wildlife Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The impact of Marvin
Nichols would remove at least 235,000 acres from our tax rolls, more land than is in all of
Morris County. This would deprive our schools and counties of revenue. Where would our
schools and counties get the money to replace the lost taxes? Marvin Nichols would force our
school districts and counties to raise taxes on the rest of us. This even though our 50-year water
plan shows that East Texas doesn't need water from Marvin Nichols. However, a few Dallas-
Ft.Worth Planners and some greedy local $pecial interests do want it, and they're trying to sneak
it by the people. Northeast Texans would pay for the privilege to give our water away!
JOB LOSSES AND THE ECONOMY
Marvin Nichols would eliminate many jobs in farming, ranching, logging, and other areas due to
the land taken for the lake. Also badly hurt would be the people who provide goods and services
for the jobs that would be lost, such as feed and seed stores, farm and tractor supply stores, along
with the pulpwood supply for International Paper (IP) at Domino, Texas. According to our own
region's water plan, the Marvin Nichols Lake may force IP to purchase water from the lake to
maintain the required water flow in the Sulphur River below Wright Patman Dam! This added
cost could be the deciding factor in IP choosing our plant as the next one to close.
HOMES AND HISTORY
Marvin Nichols Lake would evict law-abiding, taxpaying and longtime Texans from their homes
and land, destroying a part of the rural heritage of Northeast Texas. Many of the homesteads
have been passed from generation to generation. Marvin Nichols would flood several family
cemeteries and historic Native American sites. Marvin Nichols would destroy one of Texas'
oldest historic sites at the Dalby Homestead, affirmed with a Texas Historical Marker. It would
destroy the home's historic log cabin walls, which date back to before Texas was even a state.
ENVIRONMENT AND WATER QUALITY
Marvin Nichols Lake would affect at least 22 different species listed by the Texas Parks and
Wildlife and the U.S. Department of the Interior as endangered or threatened. Marvin Nichols
Lake would destroy about 30 percent of the remaining bottomland hardwood habitat above
Wright Patman Lake. The loss of such an immense amount of water purifying wetlands could
degrade the water quality in Wright Patman Lake, and pollute the water in our wells.
WHY DALLAS CHOSE MARVIN NICHOLS LAKE
Marvin Nichols Lake is not being planned, nor built, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The
planners of Dallas-Ft.Worth (DFW) chose Marvin Nichols Lake from their own wish list of 32
proposed lakes. DFW Planners see our land as worthless, except for building a lake for their
wasteful needs. Even though DFW wastes half of its water, more than anywhere else in Texas,
they still want our water even if it does destroy our heritage and our people's livelihoods. DFW
wants to take our water, land, and tax money. In effect, Dallas-Ft.Worth Planners want to waste
all the water they want, take our water rights, and force Northeast Texans to pay dearly for it