Enhancing Environmental Conditions while
Providing Water for the Future
Before : Erosion Threatens Environment
After : Water for the People
Right now, the North Sulphur River - the site of proposed Lake Ralph Hall - is experiencing some environmental problems. To protect valuable farm land, the natural river channel was altered and straightened in the 1930's. In the ensuing 70 years, the new channel eroded from about 20 feet wide and 10 feet deep to over 200 feet wide and 60 feet deep. That's almost 10 times its original size. And the erosion continues today, not only in the main channel but in the connecting tributaries.
Over 100 acres of valuable land has eroded away from the main channel and tributaries, washing away valuable soil, trees and wildlife habitat. Because of the continuous erosion, state highway bridges have had to be replaced.
the photos above illustrate in graphic detail the current eroded conditions of this river channel; by contrast, you can see what a healthy, vibrant lake will look like. With Lake Ralph Hall, we have a chance to turn this environmental problem into a healthy asset - providing water for future generations of Texans.
Lake Ralph Hall will provide generations of families a fun family destination along with reliable water supply for our future.