NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The long-term water needs of East Texans is under review by the East Texas Regional Water Planning Group.
It's a task the board tackles every five years as required by the state.
Today in Nacogdoches the board reviewed the draft of the 2016 Regional Water Plan chapter by chapter.
Supply and demand and a delivery process for water are key components.
The proposed construction of Lake Columbia near Jacksonville in Cherokee County remains to be a recommended strategy in the water plan.
"I think in this plan you will see a greater emphasis on the need of Lake Columbia. In our base Lake Columbia is the only reservoir that is proposed to be constructed to solve water issues on the local basis," said Kelley Holcomb, the chair of the East Texas Regional Water Planning Group.
Tyler, Beaumont and Lufkin-Nacogdoches are the biggest cities within the East Texas water region.
There will be public hearings on the draft sometime after May.
The final plan must be submitted to the Texas Water Development Board by December.