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Water elevation of Lake O' the Pines under study

By Marlene J. Bohr East Texas Community Newspapers
March 20, 2011 at 11 p.m.


DAINGERFIELD - The Northeast Texas Municipal Water District approved an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for planning assistance for Cypress Bayou.

The study, which will cost $80,000, will evaluate whether there is an environmental benefit from keeping the elevation at the Lake O' the Pines slightly higher during the winter.

"Right now we have a recreation pool that will start in the summer with an elevation of 230 feet," General Manager Walt Sears said.

"We would like for the Corps to consider that elevation year round and are evaluating whether storing slightly more water in the Lake O' the Pines as a result of that elevation would allow for an environmental benefit."

He said half of the funding will come from the Corps and the other half from donations from environmental groups and others.

The district also discussed building a bypass line in Lone Star on the water line that serves Daingerfield.

The water line was built in the early 1960s.

"Originally we had experienced several leaks recently in that immediate area so the board authorized replacing the section of line where the leaks are," Sears said.

He said the cost will be about $100,000, and the money will come from the district's reserve fund.

Board members also discussed Senate Bill 18, which is a reform of eminent domain proceedings, Sears said.

"It says that everyone who has the power of condemnation is going to have to exercise it in a way that is more respectful of property owners," Sears said.

He said the bill, which has a high probability of becoming law, will give property owners additional rights.

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