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City of Newton Receives Community Assistance Grant
(NEWTON, TX) The Sabine River Authority of Texas (SRA) was pleased to award the City of Newton a Community Assistance Program Grant on May 3rd as part of SRA’s Fiscal Year 2017 Economic Development Initiative. The $10,000 check will be used to install an emergency interconnect to provide water to customers of the neighboring East Newton Water Supply Corporation (WSC). After being made aware of the WSC’s water well collapse from U.S. Congressman Brian Babin, State Senator Robert Nichols and State Representative James White, SRA is pleased to quickly respond to this emergency through our grant program. David Montagne, SRA’s Executive Vice-President and General Manager, stated “SRA supports the proposed project and understands the critical importance of constructing an emergency interconnect to provide water to the customers of East Newton WSC as quickly as possible and hope those funds will assist in that endeavor.”
Sabine River Authority of Texas Moves Forward with Pump Station Project
(Orange, Texas ) The Sabine River Authority of Texas (SRA) will construct a new modern pumping facility in Southeast Texas to ensure a reliable water supply for customers in Orange and Newton County. The 85 million gallons per day (MGD) raw water pump station will be built in Newton County along the main stem of the Sabine River south of Highway 12 near Deweyville. In addition to the pump station a 66-inch diameter pipeline will be constructed to convey the raw water from the new pump station to SRA's existing John W. Simmons Gulf Coast Canal System (Canal System) in Orange County. The proposed pipeline will be constructed within a right-of-way that SRA is currently in the process of acquiring. It is SRA's intention to work with each affected landowner to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement. The proposed alignment for the pipeline was carefully selected to eliminate the need for acquiring a single structure and to minimize impacts on landowners.
New Slate of Officers for Sabine River Authority
(Orange, TX) A new slate of officers was elected for 2017 at the annual Board of Directors meeting of the Sabine River Authority of Texas (SRA) recently held in Rockwall, Texas. Stan Mathews of Pinehurst was elected as Board President. Other elected officers include Vice President Earl Williams of Orange, Secretary/Treasurer David Koonce of Center and Secretary Pro-Tem Cliff Todd of Carthage. Other members of the SRA Board include Past President J.D. Jacobs, Jr. of Rockwall, Sharon Newcomer of Mauriceville, Jeanette Sterner of Holly Lake Ranch, Mac Abney of Marshall and Laurie Woloszyn of Longview.
Texas Water Development Board Approves SWIFT Funding for Sabine River Authority
(Orange, TX) A new modern facility ensuring dependable water to local industries and municipalities will be constructed in Southeast Texas thanks to the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) approval of financial assistance to the Sabine River Authority of Texas (SRA). TWDB Board Members Bech Bruun, Kathleen Jackson and Peter Lake approved a $75 million multi-year loan to SRA through the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program in a TWDB board meeting on July 21, 2016. SRA will use the assistance to finance the planning, acquisition, design and construction costs of a new 85 million gallons per day (MGD) raw water pump station along the Sabine River.
UPDATE 4/6/2016 4:00 pm
TOLEDO BEND PROJECT JOINT OPERATION
Although flows in the Sabine River basin are returning to normal conditions following a major rain event which dropped 18 inches of water directly over Toledo Bend Reservoir over a three day period, resulting in a record high elevation of the reservoir of 174.36 feet mean sea level at 6:00 a.m. on March 10, 2016, the Sabine River Authority of Texas and the Sabine River Authority, State of Louisiana (collectively, the Authorities) continue to emphasize the importance of keeping informed and staying safe during this flood event. Any emergency situation should be immediately directed to local first response authorities by calling 9-1-1.
Disaster assistance may be available to individuals in need. To register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), please call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The American Red Cross is currently taking applications for assistance at 1-866-526-8300. For more information on these assistance programs, please contact your county or parish offices:
The Toledo Bend Project (Project) is a water supply facility owned by the States of Louisiana and Texas through the Authorities, both of which are governmental entities organized and existing under the laws of their respective states. The Authorities are responsible for operating the Project within parameters of a license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Following the expiration of the original 50-year license, FERC issued a new license for the Project in 2014, which included operating conditions consistent with those requested by the Authorities and federal and state regulators and approved by FERC. FERC also conducts periodic dam safety inspections of the Project, requires the Authorities to undertake regular review and training of its Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for the Project, and requires an independent consultant to regularly inspect the Project and recommend any measures needed to further protect the safety and integrity of Project works. Because the March 2016 event represents the flood of record at the Project, the Authorities will work with FERC, emergency response and law enforcement agencies to evaluate the adequacy of the EAP and ensure the continued safety and integrity of the Project.
While the Authorities are committed to working with FERC, other federal, state, and local agencies, and members of the public to ensure that the historic March 2016 rainfall event will be thoroughly analyzed and addressed in Project plans and other documents related to the continued safety of the public and Project works, the Toledo Bend Project-since its inception and original development over 50 years ago has never been a flood-control facility. Rather, the Project is regulated, as set forth in the Project license, to accommodate a number of public benefits, including water supply, recreation, and hydropower production.
While emergencies and disaster assistance questions should be directed to the agencies listed above, questions related to FERC's oversight of the Project may be directed to FERC's Office of Energy Projects at the toll-free number 1-844-434-0053. Comments to FERC also can be sent by submitting an e-comment at: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp.
For further information on the flooding event contact:
Governor Abbott Appoints SRA Board of Directors
(Orange, TX) Governor Greg Abbott recently reappointed Cary “Mac” Abney of Marshall to the Sabine River Authority of Texas (SRA) Board of Directors for a six year term. Governor Abbott also appointed Kimberly Fish of Longview and Jeanette Sterner of Holly Lake Ranch to the SRA Board of Directors for six year terms. Created by the Legislature in 1949, the Sabine River Authority is an official agency of the State of Texas. The Authority was created as a conservation and reclamation district with responsibilities to control, store, preserve, and distribute the waters of the Sabine River and its tributary streams for useful purposes. The Sabine River Authority of Texas is governed by nine Board of Directors who are leaders in their communities and are dedicated to addressing water issues in the Sabine River Basin. The Board of Directors, appointed by the Governor, must reside in a county within the basin.
David Montagne Promoted to General Manager of Sabine River Authority of Texas
(Orange, TX) The Sabine River Authority of Texas (SRA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that David Montagne has been promoted to succeed the retiring SRA General Manager Jerry Clark. As Executive Vice President and General Manager, David Montagne is responsible for the overall operations of the Authority. He executes the policy and program directives of the Board of Directors, oversees the budget, and serves as the liaison between SRA and the Legislature as well as with other governmental agencies.
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