Oklahomans Are Convinced Dallas Is Stealing Their Water

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Water levels in Lake Texoma are plummeting, beaching marinas, revealing heretofore submerged signs of human habitation and turning once-pleasant stretches of water into desolate moonscapes.

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which administers the lake and controls outflow through the Denison Dam, chalk up Texoma's depleted state to a three-year drought, but locals are convinced there's a conspiracy afoot to drain the lake and send the water down Dallas' insatiable gullet.

The theory has taken root online, where commenters on the Save Lake Texoma Facebook are saying things like this:

They are trying to kill any hope there is to increase tourism and industry to this area. I heard they are sending water to Dallas.

And this:

Apparently Obama signed a bill allowing our lake to be used as a water resource for Dallas...wtf really?screw all the ppl in the area who's jobs this will effect right?? Wat a dumbass

Such fears don't come from nowhere. With an exploding population and similar struggles with drought, North Texas has been coveting Oklahoma water for years. The Tarrant Regional Water District was recently rebuffed by the U.S. Supreme Court in its quest for more water from the Red River basin.

The North Texas Municipal Water District, which serves 1.6 million people in Dallas' northern suburbs, has had more success, convincing Congress to pass a law allowing Texas to pump water from Texoma.

But that was hardly Obama's doing (the measure won support from both houses of Congress, including the Republican-controlled House of Representatives), and the new law was more ratification of the existing order than a mandate to drain Texoma. The only reason NTMWD hadn't been pumping from the lake was because its pump station was technically in Oklahoma, and federal law bars transporting zebra mussels across state lines.

Still, corps officials felt compelled to address the speculation head-on.

"That is a false rumor and it is rampant right now," an agency administrator told The Ada News last week for a story headlined "Corps not intentionally draining Lake Texoma." "It is all over the Internet. We are currently in year three of an exceptional to severe drought."

StateImpact Oklahoma also ran a piece debunking such rumors as myth. But what else would one expect from a compliant, lap-dog media?

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.

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swritegad
swritegad

The people in the metroplex area think that water is an endless supply. Drive thru some of the more affluent neighborhoods when it is raining and see the sprinkler systems running. If they would learn to conserve water like the rest of us maybe they wouldn't be putting such a "drain" on Lake Texoma. Or hey, here's an idea, why not build your own water supply.

sltgal
sltgal

They can try to blame it all on the drought but there is proof that Dallas has actually been using more water to generate electricty. For the first 7 months of last year, they used about 10,000 acre feet per month. Something drastic happened after that, they increased their usage 10 times, that it 100,000 acre feet per month. So, if you want to tell me that it is just a 3 year drought that is taking away a livelihood, go for it.......I won't buy it. Don't just take comments from Save Lake Texoma.......read some of the posts and become informed.

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

Shouldn't Dallas be pissed that the water is gone since we have not been exercising our water rights for a long time.  So the US Corps of Engineers has been lowering the lake for power generation all winter and by the time the new pipe line comes on line in May there won't be any water left.

PorchTaco
PorchTaco

just toss in some messican mussle! That'll wipe'm out

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

Appealing to the cowardice and victim mentality of Republicans is ALWAYS a winning move.

SarcasmoJones
SarcasmoJones

We have enough water here in Texas without having to steal it from Okies...we use it for fracking.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

A lot of people aren't aware that Dallas and Tarrant County have the largest public project underway since the DFW Airport.  It's called the Integrated Pipeline Project.  It hooks into the funding by that vote on the 50-year water plan passed at the state level in 2013.

http://iplproject.com/
http://dallascityhall.com/business_development/iplproject.html
"Texas voters approve $2 billion to begin funding the 50-year state water plan last November."

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Hey.  Drought's over east of I-35.  So lighten up Okies.

“Drought conditions have ended in most of East and Southeast Texas,” said John Nielsen-Gammon, the state climatologist and a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University. “It's been a recovery for the part of the state along and east of I-35. The western half of the state is still for the most part mired in drought.”

Besides.  Like the Mexicans (and New Mexicans) who have been draining the Rio Grand - we promise to pay you back some day.


Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

They need to put lots of ducks on the lake.  Ducks have an insatiable appetite for zebra mussels. 

doublecheese
doublecheese

The corps actually is draining the lake by selling the electricity they generate at the dam though.  That's why the water is draining so quickly there.  At the rate they are going, NTMWD won't have water to pump from.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

We drink Oklahoma's milkshake!

Anyway, as an aside, unfortunately for Texas the zebra mussels are more than capable of crossing state lines without any help from the NTMWD. Heard recently that they are confirmed in Lake Lavon.

ruddski
ruddski

It depends on the audience, he often uses what Harry Reid considers a "Negro dialect" when lying to a black group, while he employs a haughty professorial tone when he lies to and lectures a wider audience. Back when he pretended to be a Kenyan author, he might have tried that accent.

I'm sure he went all surfer/stoner Hawaiian while there.

ruddski
ruddski

Is that why you threaten them on-line? How has that worked out for you, Batman?

John1073
John1073

FYI the $2 Billion doesn't fund anything except a bond program. The fine folks of Dallas and Tarrant counties will be paying for that pipeline once your water bills go up to pay down the debt incurred.

ruddski
ruddski

Myrna, Hon, Zebra Mussels thrive where ducks eat, just like everything else ducks eat thrives where ducks eat it.

And how, exactly, does one "put lots of ducks on the lake"?

I can just see the quote from our city gal:

"With God as my witness, I thought ducks couldn't fly"

doublecheese
doublecheese

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz They do in the larval stage.  Unfortunately, they quickly attach themselves to rocks and other structures.  Catfish, drum, small mouth bass, and quite a few other species eat the hell out of mussels, including adult zebra mussels.  Unfortunately again, the zebra mussels are such prolific breeders that predation has little impact on their overall numbers.  They just don't live as long.

doublecheese
doublecheese

@TheCredibleHulk It will be interesting to see if the zebra mussels can get a stranglehold on Lavon.  We are just now learning how they live in Texas waters.  Apparently, they don't do so well in the heat and in turbid waters.  Most of the infestation is in the Washita portion of Texoma, and very little in the Red River portion where there's a lot more sediment load.  Also, the heat seems to cause them to have a very high mortality rate.  There are huge die offs in the summer.  Texoma is a much deeper and is a cooler lake than the other lakes around.  Lavon is very shallow by comparison and gets warmer in the summer than Texoma.

fracquestions
fracquestions

@ruddski Leave it to an ignorant, racist conservative like you to make such a stupid retort. Never in my life have I EVER beaten any woman at any time for any reason. Once again, you are just a liar, and you continue to show what a no class individual you are.


Thank you for playing!

ruddski
ruddski

@fracdude

It's easy to say all sorts of shit. Backing it all up is another. Have a nice day, you wife-beating fuck.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

It should rain zillions of zebra mussels on you three!

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