The future water needs of Northeast Texas discussed at recent meeting

“Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting wars”

July 26, 2023  

Northeast Texas business owner and activist Chris Spencer spoke to a full house last week at a meeting of the East Texas Republican Women, held in Atlanta. Spencer is a Morris County native, graduating from Hughes Springs High. He was appointed as the Chairman of the Sulphur River Basin Authority in 2018 by Governor Abbott.

Spencer spoke in his roles as chairman of the Sulphur River Basin Authority and told the ladies gathered there of the role of the SRBA to manage the conservation of the State’s natural resources within the Sulphur River Basin.

Spencer went into detail of the water rights of Northeast Texans and noted that though the water in the basin belongs to the State of Texas, he and the SRBA act as fiduciary agents for those resources….

Spencer also spoke about the controversies surrounding the SRBA over the last 20 years, and his hope that those controversies have begun to subside in recent years. He noted that a lot of that controversy has been centered on the water rights of the Northeast Texans, specifically the efforts of those in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to develop the Marvin Nichols Reservoir. As part of that conversation, Spencer said, “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting wars.”…

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