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Ladonia Fossil Park To Lie Underneath Lake Ralph Hall

Nov 11, 2020
The North Sulphur River's channel dwarfs its water flow.
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Descending the stone steps of the Ladonia Fossil Park is like stepping back into another age. Stepping down into the mostly dry bed of the North Sulphur River, the ground is active territory for all manner of arrowheads, fossils, and interesting rocks.

Lake Ralph Hall Land Aquisition Moves Forward

Jul 23, 2019
The North Sulphur River valley will be flooded to create Lake Ralph Hall.
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Property buyouts for the proposed Lake Ralph Hall in Fannin County should be completed in the near future.

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $45.5 million from the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program to the Upper Trinity Regional Water District (Fannin, Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Grayson, and Wise counties) yesterday. The District will use the assistance to finance land acquisition for the proposed Lake Ralph Hall reservoir and its raw water pipeline.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council has approved a contract to expand Centennial Park.  About 13 acres will be added to the north side of the 30 acre park, including a skate park and walking/jogging path. The cost will be about $150 thousand but the city received about half of that amount in grants, the mayor says.  Also, Wyman says the council passed a resolution of support for Lake Ralph Hall, to be built in Fannin County within 12 miles of Commerce, after receiving a report from the Upper Trinity Regional Water District.

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Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd discusses new housing developments that have been approved in Bonham and Fannin County.  The mayor says they're a sign of economic and population growth.  Also, Bonham and the county expect an influx of workers during the construction of the Lower Bois d' Arc Creek Reservoir and Lake Ralph Hall projects, which are expected to begin within months.

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Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says with the Lower Bois D'Arc Creek Reservoir and Lake Ralph Hall projects expected to begin soon, proposals are being considered for single-family and apartment developments, and also new retail projects.  Also, the city has received a grant for an Automated Weather Observing System for the municipal airport that will allow pilots to receive vital information.  For the first time, beer will be sold at the Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 7.  Also, the Bonham ISD will have a $30 million bond election for a new high school

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Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says the start of the massive Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir project will be delayed by a couple of months, from January to March 2016.  The estimated cost of the North Texas Utility Corp. project is now $1 billion.  The Lake Ralph Hall project will apparently be delayed by a couple of years because of a difficult permitting process, the mayor says.

Upper Trinity Regional Water District

A long-anticipated plan for a new lake in southeastern Fannin County – Lake Ralph Hall – received state approval today.

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Most Northeast Texas rivers meander through lush, dense vegetation. The North Sulphur is different.

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If you look at a map of the North Sulphur River as it passes through Fannin County and becomes the border between Lamar and Delta County, you’ll see that it’s suspiciously straight.

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The plan to build Lake Ralph Hall in southern Fannin County is mainly a response to the region's water needs. But there's an environmental aspect with its roots in the area's natural history.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will be the next agency to review the plan for Lake Ralph Hall, which supporters say would be an environmental boon as well as a needed water source.