Posted February 01, 2018 09:12:00 The Dallas Water Conservancy is planning to apply for an Environmental Assessment to use a section of the Rio Grande River near downtown Dallas as part of a plan to divert water from the Rio Estancia aquifer to its Central Texas Water Project.
The Dallas-based conservation group plans to use about 15,000 acre-feet of water from an aquifer that was created by a dam in the late 1800s to create Lake Carter, according to the group’s website.
The water from Lake Carter was used in a massive dam and levee project that was completed in 1950.
Dallas Water conservancy executive director Brian Kallman said the organization plans to apply to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a permit for the use of the aquifer, which is located about 15 miles east of downtown Dallas.
The plan would take about four years to complete, he said.
The group has been working on the project since 2014 and has raised more than $3 million for the project.
The Rio Grande is an aqueduct that carries water from two major reservoirs in Texas, the Trinity River in Austin and Lake Travis in San Antonio.
Dallas River water has been diverted from the Trinity for more than a century, but the reservoir is not under water as of yet.
The river has been a major water source for communities and cities across Texas.
In 2015, the city of Austin stopped using the Trinity, which has been in the water for more years than the river has.
The Trinity River water is used by about 6,000 businesses in the city.
Kallmann said the Dallas Water conservation group would seek approval from the Corps of Engineering to use the water.
The corps will then make a determination about whether the water can be used.
The agency would be the lead agency for environmental review of the application.
The organization said it would also look to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to determine whether the group can use the aquedriver.
“The river will be a valuable resource to our communities for many years to come,” Kallmen said in a news release.
“In fact, it’s a major source of drinking water for Texas and a critical part of the state’s economy.”
The city of San Antonio is considering an application to divert the river, and the city is seeking to use some of the water in the Trinity to provide drinking water to its residents.