An East Texas Water Solution, Red River via Caddo lake

CaddoRam Concepts

By Jude Ramagosa


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Introduction

An available water supply for Eastern Texas could be developed with small depletion of the Red River in Louisiana.  Hydrology allows aqueduct water flow from the Red River to Caddo Lake in Louisiana and it's length would be about five miles with sales of approximately $30 Million dollars a year. 

This Booklet share three Concepts:

CaddoRam1 uses pumps for aqueduct flow. 

CaddoRam2 uses a dam for aqueduct flow. 

CaddoRam3 combines concepts 1 and 2 with a staged installation, concept 1 sales can finance 2.


Synopsis


A few years ago Texas sought contracting water from Toledo Bend but Louisiana "voted to suspend"1. I believe water can be given to Texas from a different  source north of Shreveport being the Red River. By Louisiana diverting water from the Red River  downhill to Caddo Lake the Texas side of Caddo Lake can pump water into its' countryside or cities. Water pumped or a Dam located on the Red River elevating water above the Lake allows aqueduct  gravity flow towards Caddo Lake.

 

1.The Louisiana-to-Texas Water Deal is Off

http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2012/01/16/the-louisiana-to-texas-water-deal-is-off/


Excerpt:
...“voted to suspend out of state water sales until a comprehensive water plan for Louisiana has been developed.”...


Caddo Lake can become a supply for Shreveport and East Texas


...-Caddo Lake. As noted, Caddo Lake receives its water from all of the stream segments in the Cypress Basin. Its ecological and water qualities are matters of ongoing review by state agencies. As to Caddo Lake itself, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) officially noted that it is a future drinking water source for withdrawals by the City of Shreveport, Louisiana. TWDB noted however that “the Board’s forecasts suggest that environmental impacts from potential significant lowering of Caddo Lake levels through expanded water supply use . . . should preclude it from being a viable site of future water supplies.” (Texas Water Development Board. 1997)...  
Caddo Lake. Helping Local People to Use Their Educational Infrastructurefor Ecological Stewardship of Ramsar Wetlands 

 
Texas shows a concern because Shreveport may need Caddo Lake water. The CaddoRam concepts can store many months of water from the Red River in Caddo Lake and also be available for Shreveport.


 

 

Red River to Caddo Lake Maps

Texas and Louisiana cities.

CaddoRam1 Concept (Pump Water)

Profile Caddo Lake  and Red River SK-1P

 

Calculations Pumped Caddo Lake and Red River

 

Sales of $27.44 Million dollars are from 3 operating pumps at 222.8 ft^3/s each or a total of 831 ft^3/s which equals 196 Billion gallons per year. . The electricity cost to operate 3 pumps is $1.536 Million dollars per year.

Summary Water power and Sales

Links with CaddoRam Concept review 

...-Caddo Lake. As noted, Caddo Lake receives its water from all of the stream segments in the Cypress Basin. Its ecological and water qualities are matters of ongoing review by state agencies. As to Caddo Lake itself, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) officially noted that it is a future drinking water source for withdrawals by the City of Shreveport, Louisiana. TWDB noted however that “the Board’s forecasts suggest that environmental impacts from potential significant lowering of Caddo Lake levels through expanded water supply use . . . should preclude it from being a viable site of future water supplies.” (Texas Water Development Board. 1997)...  
Caddo Lake. Helping Local People to Use Their Educational Infrastructurefor Ecological Stewardship of Ramsar Wetlands 
 
Texas shows a concern because Shreveport may need Caddo Lake water. The concept can store many months of water from the Red River in Caddo Lake and also can be available for Shreveport.  

 

...Cities also may be overestimating their needs, the report says. The region that includes the fast-growing Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area projects that it will need nearly a trillion gallons more water a year  by 2060. But conservation strategies, like reducing lawn watering and using more efficient appliances, have already reduced that number since an earlier plan was released in 2007...

What's the Magic Number on Texas' Water Needs? 

If Texas has confirmed they have a water concern please check if Louisiana is interested in the CaddoRam concepts. 

 

...The Dallas-Fort Worth water region, known as Region C, covers part or all of 16 counties. Its latest regional plan, contained in the state water plan, has some proposed short- and long-term water strategies.

Marvin Nichols Reservoir, providing up to 472,300 acre-feet per year of water. Capital cost: $3.4 billion. (Opposed by Region D water group in northeast Texas.)

Lake Tawakoni pipeline project, providing up to 77,994 acre-feet per year of water. Capital cost: $496 million.

Toledo Bend Reservoir supply, providing up to 400,229 acre-feet per year of water. Capital cost: $2.4 billion. (Some cost-sharing with another region.)

Reallocation of flood pool of Wright Patman Lake, providing 112,100 acre-feet per year of water. Capital cost: $897 million...
Dallas area, northeast Texans split over reservoir in water plan 

Texas has much work to find a water source and I believe the CaddoRam concept is a very good source providing approximately 800 CFS for Texas. 


...That report specifically questioned the water plan’s projection for water needs for agriculture, in part because a dwindling water supply in the Southern High Plains is already forcing corn and cotton growers to cut back. While irrigation in that region accounts for almost a quarter of the projected increase in water needs by 2060 — nearly 800 billion gallons a year — the Ogallala Aquifer is rapidly being sucked dry, making agricultural expansion unlikely, the report said. Even today, there are large demands for water for irrigation in the region that aren't being met, and no one has proposed viable water projects to increase agricultural water supplies...

Joint project looks at Texas watershed 

CaddoRam concept uses Caddo Lake as a conduit  flow from Red River equal to flow to Texas countryside keeping Caddo Lake at same volume as though the concept is not installed. If drought is anticipated more Red River flow can be diverted to Caddo Lake and this extra volume is used during the drought. Natural lake level changes may be affected but from below graphed historical data (See G-1 page13) this may happen every seven years. During  a drought like 2012 for 4-months Caddo Lake could supply needed 800 CFS of water to Texas countryside with 0 (Zero) flow from red river and Caddo Lake would drop 8 feet, Caddo Lake normally fluctuates 16 feet and this is only half its fluctuation. Or Red River was flowing average 1,600 CFS during the drought and the Red River could supply the 800 CFS or less during a drought and there would be zero or smaller level impact on Caddo Lake (for the experts to determine).  






Red River Map of discharge locations and flows

G-1, Drought 0f 2012 Graph Red River Flow

USGS

National Water Information System: Mapper

http://maps.waterdata.usgs.gov/mapper/index.html




With future  0 F^3 /s (No flow) to Caddo Lake from the Red River because of a 4 month drought  similar to 8/12 to 1/13 above the lake would be able to supply 823 f^3 / s to Texas for this time and level would drop no lower than 8 ft.

Lake Caddo height calculations




Pipe size

Height Power

Kinetic Energy Power

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Please note, I have quickly assembled this CaddoRam1, 2, and 3 concept for review and comment and will update the booklet. 

I am only a hobbyist on this subject and these are my thoughts which may not be fully understood by me. Please contact an expert for verification on anything I share. I am not responsible for designs in this booklet and the user of any design is fully responsible for their constructing, installing or using the design, etc.

By Jude Ramagosa

An East Texas Water Solution, Red River via Caddo Lake