The 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 plan to serve the Dallas-Fort Worth area includes the construction of the Marvin Nichols dam and the Fastrill dam.