Project Overview

Project Overview

Project Timeline

The lake project is scheduled to break ground in early 2021 and begin delivering water by 2025.

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Project Cost

Planning, permitting, designing, purchasing land and constructing all of the lake project components will cost around $490 million. The Texas Water Development Board’s State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program will be used to fund the project.

The project costs will be shared by the communities who receive water from UTRWD. Once paid off, the lake will provide those same communities with a long-term, lower cost source of water. No tax revenues will be used to construct the reservoir.

Project History

Over 30 years ago, the concept of Lake Ralph Hall was born at the Ladonia Town Hall. With time, the idea took root. Mayor Leon Hurse and other members of the City of Ladonia and Chamber of Commerce began to seriously explore the option of developing a lake in Fannin County - - to provide water to the local residents and as a way to boost the local economy. For the next decade, the group met regularly to advance their idea of a new lake.

Congressman Ralph Hall and Mayor Leon Hurse

It was on advise from then Congressman Ralph Hall that Ladonia should seek a larger, responsible partner to help the City develop the new lake. In December 2004, the City of Ladonia and Upper Trinity Regional Water District (UTRWD) entered into a formal partnership to develop a surface water supply lake in Fannin County on the North Sulphur River.

Ronna, Ed, and Larry at the project signing

After years of planning and coordination, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality granted to UTRWD on December 11, 2013, the water rights permit for Lake Ralph Hall. UTRWD was also required to obtain a Section 404 (Clean Water Act) permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). After nearly 15 years of working with USACE, a Record of Decision and permit were issued in January 2020. With this final permit, the project finally has approval to begin contracting and construction.

Project Support

Lake Ralph Hall has widespread community support. Not only will the lake help the region avoid water shortages, it will bring billions of dollars in economic benefits to North Texas. It will provide economic stimulus to the region, especially to the City of Ladonia.

Located 5 minutes from the new lake, Ladonia will benefit from recreational activities Lake Ralph Hall will provide, including boating, fishing and hunting. The project has the support of more than 35 local organizations including cities, water districts, chambers of commerce and citizen groups.

Resolutions or Letters of Support have been received from (Supporters Include):

  • Argyle Water Supply Corporation

  • City of Bonham

  • City of Celina

  • Collin County Commissioners Court

  • City of Corinth

  • Citizens for Lake Ralph Hall

  • City of Grand Prairie

  • Denton County Judge Mary Horn (Retired)

  • Denton County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1A

  • Denton County Fresh Water Supply District No. 7

  • Denton County Fresh Water Supply District No. 8A

  • Denton County Fresh Water Supply District No. 8B

  • Denton County Fresh Water Supply District No. 9

  • Denton County Fresh Water Supply District No. 10

  • Denton County Fresh Water Supply District No. 11B

  • Fannindel Independent School District

  • Fannin County

  • Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce

  • Greater Dallas Planning Council

  • Town of Hickory Creek

  • City of Highland Village

  • City of Honey Grove

  • City of Irving

  • City of Justin

  • City of Krum

  • City of Ladonia

  • Lake Cities Municipal Utility Authority

  • Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce

  • City of Lake Dallas

  • City of Leonard

  • City of Lewisville

  • Mustang Special Utility District

  • North Central Texas Council of Governments

  • North Texas Commission

  • Town of Ponder

  • City of Sanger

  • City of Shady Shores