The US Texas Water Development Board has approved a long-range regional plan that includes building two new reservoirs in northeast Texas and pumping the water hundreds of km to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The 5:1 vote came after the objections of some landowners, business owners and environmentalists who argue the reservoirs would flood and condemn hundreds of thousands of hectares. The vote does not guarantee the building of the reservoirs, which is likely to be several years away.

The plan to serve the Dallas-Fort Worth area includes the construction of the US$2.1B Marvin Nichols dam on the Sulphur river and the US$569M Fastrill dam on the Neches river.