Tarrant Regional Water District raw water rates to rise

Water bills for Cedar Creek Lake residents are expected to rise in the 2014 fiscal year. The Tarrant Regional Water District, which owns and controls the water in the Cedar Creek Lake Reservoir, notified water utility districts in August of its plans to increase raw water prices. The price of raw water will increase from 86 cents per 1,000 gallons to 98 cents, which is a 12-cent or 14 percent increase in the cost. Water utility districts will pass on the increase to their water customers. Fort Worth officials recently told residents to expect an increase of about 5 percent on their water bills. Water utility district officials attribute the increase in raw water prices to the construction of the Integrated Pipeline Project from Lake Palestine that will be connected to Cedar Creek Lake and other water reservoirs. The pipeline project is a joint venture by Tarrant Regional Water District and Dallas Water Utilities. Its completion is expected in five years. It is being built to provide water to customers in the DFW Metroplex. The water districts anticipate large population growth in coming years that will demand larger water deliveries. Similar large population growth is expected in the Cedar Creek Lake area as Dallas expands to the southeast. County officials note that there is no other direction left for Dallas County to expand than to this direction. Water district officials point out that water has been a plentiful, inexpensive commodity in the past but its anticipated scarcity will make it much more expensive in the future.

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Feb. 28)

EXCELLENT. Stained; 58 degrees; 0.15 feet below pool. White bass are staging in full force for the spring spawn and heading into shallower water, 6-18 feet, and into any shallow creek that has flowing water. Hybrids and white bass continue to be caught deadsticking in 25-35 feet in the mouths of the big creeks. Deadsticking utilizing a thumper and a splasher with deadsticking lures with a 1-1.5 ounce jighead with a tandem hook or jig above it paired with a small plastic fluke. You must keep your drift speeds under .5 mph with the ideal drift being .3 mph utilizing drift socks to keep you slowed down in windy conditions. In the weeks to come hybrids and white bass will continue to migrate to the shallower water from 8-20 feet to spawn and will be easy to find. You may even try trolling a small spinner bait or a hellbender or pet spoon rig at 2 mph in the shallower depths. The crappie bite has picked up in the creeks and inlets in 2-10 feet of water throughout the entire lake. The warm weather will continue to drive these fish shallow to spawn. If you can find a brush pile near a dock you can find them stacked up but most of the crappie have migrated into the creeks or shallow water now. Guides have been reporting exceptionally nice catches on sunny warmer days. Report by Brent Herbeck, Herbeck’s Lonestar Fishing Guide Service.

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