Thursday, July 13, 2006

The Battle for Eagle Mountain Lake

State Representative Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) of District 99 will be holding a town hall meeting tonight to discuss the fate of Eagle Mountain Lake. The meeting will be attended by representatives of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the Tarrant Regional Water District.

WHEN: Thursday, July 13th 6:00PM-7:00PM
WHAT: Town Hall Meeting to solicit input on the potential sale to developers of park land on Eagle Mountain Lake.
WHERE: W. E. Boswell High School Fine Arts Center
5850 Bailey-Boswell Road
Fort Worth, TX 76179.

In case you've missed the controversy, the organization Save Eagle Mountain Lake provides this synopsis:

For the past 5 years, TPWD has considered the sale of this property to in an effort to raise funding for an alternate park located over 90 miles from the current site. In response to that initiative, the Tarrant County Commissioners Court, Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), state and local representatives, and the citizens of Fort Worth have worked diligently to secure the required funds to purchase this property on behalf of the residents of Tarrant County and neighboring communities. In recent negotiations, TRWD brought forth a purchase agreement congruent with the appraised value with a commitment from the Tarrant County Commissioners Court to assist in the development and maintenance of the park as originally intended. These offers have been rejected in favor of a state supported plan to sell the property to the highest bidding residential or commercial developers. Save Eagle Mountain Lake, Inc., has recently learned that Governor Perry has directed his staff to prepare a Request for Proposal (RFP) to begin the process of conveyance for development purposes [emphasis mine].

Representative Geren has sponsored legislation supporting the sale to TRWD.

The Tarrant County Commissioners Court approved a resolution in support of the sale of Eagle Mountain Lake for $10 million. If the Tarrant Regional Water District buys the land, they plan to turn it into a wildlife preserve and nature park.
This is an important venue for the citizens of Fort Worth to voice objections to the sale of the land surrounding Eagle Mountain Lake and urge the preservation of a small corner of our ever-dwindling natural heritage.

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