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Public Comment on Marvin Nichols in Mt. Pleasant, Texas

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Texas is growing and so is its need for water. This has led to a boiling fight between ArkLaTex residents and residents in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
Two public meeting are taking place this week too allow residents to voice their concerns on a recommendation to keep the Marvin Nichols reservoir.
    
It was standing room only during a packed meeting at the Mt. Pleasant Convention Center, where residents had a chance to speak out about the proposed Marvin Nichols water plan. "We bought this water this morning at Walmart and the source was from Dallas,Texas. So they want to take our water and sale it back to us," said Sara Thurman of Atlanta, Texas.
Hosted by the Texas Water Development Board, the proposed reservoir would cover around 72 thousand acres in region "D" and provide 80 percent of water from the Sulphur River to region "C" i the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
"It is a hard decision it really is. I don't envy the work of the water development board but it's just that we feel like it's in our best interest to go ahead with it," said Mt. Pleasant Mayor Dr. Paul Meriwether.

Peggy Harris is one of several who would be affected is fearful of the impact on Northeast Texas.
"If the Marvin Nichols passes, it will do great harm to our school because it will destroy our tax base and it will also cost jobs. Millions of jobs," said Harris 

Another public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 2 p.m. In Arlington at the Bob Duncan center.
The public meetings will end on May 2nd.
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