In addition to building Lake Ralph Hall and supporting infrastructure (pipelines, pump station etc.) to carry the water to treatment, the lake project also has environmental benefits, which include restoring a portion of the original North Sulphur River.
In the 1920s, the North Sulphur river channel was straightened to help reduce flooding of valuable farmland nearby. Since that time, the river channel has eroded significantly, going from 16 feet wide by 10 feet deep to approximately 300 feet wide and 60 feet deep — over 20 times its original size! Wetlands, wildlife habitat and multiple state highway bridges have been destroyed in the process.
Not only will the lake itself help reduce erosion, but UTRWD is also in the process of contracting with a full service provider to restore a portion of the river to its beautiful and natural, meandering path as part of its environmental commitments for the project. Learn more at https://lakeralphhall.com/benefits/mitigation-and-watershed-areas.