TRA Clean Rivers Program

TRA Clean Rivers Program TRA’s Clean Rivers Program operates under the Clean Rivers Act, which was passed by the Texas Legislature in 1991 with the goal of assessing and improving the state’s water resources.

The CRP's key tasks are based on suggestions from its Steering Committee, plus statewide priorities identified by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Our long-term, routine monitoring is key for providing an overview of the entire watershed and for identifying trends. Our team also manages a basin-wide database related to all monitoring and special studies, and submits data to TCEQ for incorporation into the statewide water quality database. Ultimately, though, we understand that the overall health of the Trinity River basin depends on public investment and involvement. The Trinity River basin's CRP pursues public participation through support of local and regional organizations and events. These include stream cleanups, Texas Stream Team volunteer monitoring, the Waterborne Education Center (WEC), and the River Legacy Foundation.

04/23/2015

The annual TRA CRP Steering Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm. It will be held at our General Office location at 5300 South Collins in Arlington, Texas. This meeting is open to the public. The agenda includes the following topics: CRP Background, FY 2016-2017 CRP Grant Update, Public Outreach Update, TCEQ Draft 2014 Integrated Report, TRA CRP Draft 2015 Basin Summary Report Update, a presentation of the Texas Stream Team by Aquatic Alliance, SB3 & Joe Pool Lake Modeling Updates, and a presentation on A Basin-Wide Approach to Address Bacterial Impairments in the Upper Trinity River Basin by Texas A&M AgriLife Research.

Are you looking for something fun to do tonight.  Head out to the Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth for Rockin' the ...
06/19/2014
Live music on the banks of the Trinity River in Fort Worth

Are you looking for something fun to do tonight. Head out to the Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth for Rockin' the River - a weekly concert and float series throughout the summer on the Trinity River. To see a lineup of bands playing this summer go to http://www.rockintheriverfw.com/.

Its another summer of free concerts. Come beat the heat and tube the Trinity River in Fort Worth every Thursday, or pull up a blanket on the shore... Either way, its the coolest seat in town.

Now that the summer is here, it's perfect weather for boating.  However, Zebra Mussels have been found in several North ...
06/18/2014
Protect Our Waters

Now that the summer is here, it's perfect weather for boating. However, Zebra Mussels have been found in several North Texas lakes. New regulations require all boaters to drain their boats after use to prevent their spread. Read more at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/protect_water/. CLEAN, DRAIN, AND DRY YOUR BOATS.

procedures for preventing aquatic hitchhikers

Texas Water Smart
05/13/2014

Texas Water Smart

If you're in DFW, share with your friends! Register at http://dallas.tamu.edu/courses to learn about water conservation practices, equipment and the latest technology.

05/01/2014
FY 2014 Steering Committee Meeting

The Steering Committee Meeting and Coordinated Monitoring Meeting videos have been posted to the TRA CRP YouTube channel. The Steering Committee Meeting is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-HLYksEC8k&feature=share&list=UU4AJ__9mOPLuEU_kKCoXnyQ&index=1. The Coordinated Monitoring Meeting is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCj0jSneUck&feature=share&list=UU4AJ__9mOPLuEU_kKCoXnyQ.

TRA CRP FY 2014 Steering Committee Meeting Agenda Items CRP Background Budget Update Monitoring Program Focus Change Predicting E. coli Levels in the Trinity...

Wow!  Check out these gorgeous photographs taken at Wolf Creek Park, TRA's recreation facility on Lake Livingston near C...
02/04/2014

Wow! Check out these gorgeous photographs taken at Wolf Creek Park, TRA's recreation facility on Lake Livingston near Coldspring, Texas.

Thought you might enjoy these photos of Wolf Creek Park. We don't get to enjoy this view very often!

New Year's Resolution #4:  Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species.  There are many non-native plants and animals that ...
01/27/2014
Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species! Invasive & Exotic Species - Wildlife and Heritage...

New Year's Resolution #4: Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species. There are many non-native plants and animals that threaten our ecosystems in Texas including zebra mussels and giant salvinia. This website lists the many ways YOU can help prevent the spread of invasive species:

Visit our list of invasive plant species and, whenever possible, avoid planting these species if your home is near a park or other natural reserve area.

01/20/2014

New Year's Resolution #3: Clean Up. Litter can be eliminated in a number of ways. Here's how: Keep a trash bag and gloves in your car and use it to pick up trash you see around your neighborhood; organize a "trash hike" and clean up while you enjoy the outdoors; adopt a highway; participate in community trash pick ups.

01/13/2014

New Year's Resolution #2: Conserve Water. Water conservation at home and in your community is easy! Here are some ways you can reduce your water usage: Install low-flow showerheads, toilets, and washing machines; fix leaks in faucets and pipes; turn off the tap while you brush your teeth; wash full, not half, loads of dishes and laundry; keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap until the water gets cold; xeriscape your yard; harvest rainwater to water your yard or garden; shower instead of bathe to use less water.

01/06/2014

New Years Resolution #1: Make Less Trash. Every little bit helps!

To make less trash, you can: Recycle and buy recycled products; send e-cards instead of paper cards; use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins; use Tupperware instead of plastic bags; choose products with less packaging; use rechargeable batteries; use a lunch box instead of paper sacks; use a reusable water bottle.

Happy New Year, everyone! Did you know that incandescent light bulbs will no longer be manufactured as of January 1, 201...
01/02/2014
Compare: LED Lights vs CFL vs Incandescent Lighting Chart

Happy New Year, everyone! Did you know that incandescent light bulbs will no longer be manufactured as of January 1, 2014? LED bulbs are a great alternative! Unlike compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) which must be properly recycled at stores like Walmart or Home Depot to prevent mercury contamination, LEDs pose no known health risks, are energy efficient, and last a very long time. For a detailed comparison of home lighting options, please visit this website: http://www.designrecycleinc.com/led%20comp%20chart.html

12/25/2013

Water Fact #7: The total amount of water on the earth is about 326 million cubic miles of water. Of all the water on the earth, humans can use only about three tenths of a percent of this water. Such usable water is found in groundwater aquifers, rivers and freshwater lakes.

12/18/2013

Water Fact #6: The earth is a closed system, similar to a terrarium, meaning that it rarely loses or gains extra matter. The same water that existed on the earth millions of years ago is still present today

12/11/2013

Water Fact #5: Somewhere between 70 and 75 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water. Much more fresh water is stored under the ground in aquifers than on the earth’s surface.

Restoring Rivers by Restoring Flooding
12/09/2013
Restoring Rivers by Restoring Flooding

Restoring Rivers by Restoring Flooding

The Army Corps of Engineers is making floods. It’s true. I’ve seen them doing it. They’ve been doing it for years. And it’s a very good thing for fish, frogs, mussels, wetlands, and local commun...

12/04/2013

Water Fact #4: Water dissolves more substances than any other liquid. Wherever it travels, water carries chemicals, minerals, and nutrients with it.

Take a water tour with us through your home, yard, diet, energy, and consumer choices! Then, pledge to cut your water fo...
12/02/2013
Water Footprint Calculator - National Geographic

Take a water tour with us through your home, yard, diet, energy, and consumer choices! Then, pledge to cut your water footprint and help return more water to rivers, lakes, wetlands, underground aquifers, and freshwater species.

Water Footprint Calculator

11/28/2013
FWNC Kayak Tour

Join the Fort Worth Nature Center Saturday morning for a fun kayak tour of the Trinity River.

About:Tour a stretch of the West Fork of the Trinity River with kayaks. View ducks, herons, beaver and other critters. Sunscreen, water and weather-appropriate clothing (including shoes that can get wet) are recommended. Kayaks, paddles and lifejackets are provided. Kayakers must be at least 14 year...

11/27/2013

Water Fact #3: Pure water (solely hydrogen and oxygen atoms) has a neutral pH of 7, which is neither acidic nor basic.

Learn about the earth's freshwater reserves with this interactive infographic.
11/25/2013
Freshwater 101

Learn about the earth's freshwater reserves with this interactive infographic.

Learn the basics about Freshwater at National Geographic

11/20/2013

Water Fact #2: While the daily recommended amount of water is eight cups per day, not all of this water must be consumed in the liquid form. Nearly every food or drink item provides some water to the body. Caffeine can act as a mild diuretic, preventing water from traveling to necessary locations in the body.

Clean water is essential for life, but most people in the developed world don't think much about the water they use for ...
11/18/2013
Sustainable Earth: Water - National Geographic

Clean water is essential for life, but most people in the developed world don't think much about the water they use for drinking, food preparation, and sanitation. In developing nations, however, the search for safe drinking water can be a daily crisis. Millions of people die each year, most of them children, from largely preventable diseases caused by a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation.

Safeguarding one of the world's most important resources.

11/15/2013
FWNC Full Moon Paddle

Join the Fort Worth Nature Center this evening for a canoe tour by moonlight!

About:Come and join us for a different type of Canoe Tour during the evening hours. This program will present new opportunities, like hearing beavers slap the water with their tails and seeing deer and raccoons. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets are provided. Children must be 5 years or older. Parents...

11/13/2013

Water Fact #1: Roughly 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water. At birth, water accounts for approximately 80 percent of an infant’s body weight.

Rivers and their tributaries are the veins of the planet, pumping freshwater to wetlands and lakes and out to sea. They ...
11/11/2013
Restoring Rivers

Rivers and their tributaries are the veins of the planet, pumping freshwater to wetlands and lakes and out to sea. They flush nutrients through aquatic ecosystems, keeping thousands of species alive, and help sustain fisheries worth billions of dollars.

National Geographic is developing a strategic approach to freshwater issues with the goal of influencing the way we, as a global community, think about and use freshwater resources.

11/07/2013
Fort Worth Nature Center Canoe Tour

Take a tour this weekend at the Fort Worth Nature Center!

Tour a stretch of the West Fork of the Trinity River to view ducks, herons, beaver and other critters. Sunscreen, water and weather-appropriate clothing (including shoes that can get wet) are recommended. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets are provided. Children must be 5 years or older. Parents…

The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State W...
11/07/2013
Proposition 6 approved by voters - Water News of Texas

The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources has been approved by voters.

Yes, the drought is here. Don't forget that watering restrictions for TRA's Tarrant County Water Supply Project customer...
05/28/2013
Twitter / MaggiEidson: View from my grandparent's ...

Yes, the drought is here. Don't forget that watering restrictions for TRA's Tarrant County Water Supply Project customers will begin June 3.

Instantly connect to what's most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.

Statewide reservoirs are 66 percent full today. ...
05/23/2013

Statewide reservoirs are 66 percent full today. ...

Statewide reservoirs are 66% full today. Levels are 11.4% lower than a year ago, although levels vary by region. Brazos River Reservoirs are 68.3% full today. Levels are 18.1% lower than a year ago. More info at www.waterdatafortexas.org

We like turtles, right?
05/23/2013

We like turtles, right?

Happy World Turtle Day! "LIKE" and "SHARE" if you like turtles and the healthy rivers they depend on!

(Painted turtles, Anacostia River, MD - flickr.com/mr_t_in_dc )

05/21/2013
TRWD water supply update 05-21-2013

Water restrictions scheduled to begin June 3.

Tarrant Regional Water District water supply storage is nearing the Stage 1 drought trigger of 75%. The video features Lake Bridgeport, one of the lakes hard...

US Drought Monitor
05/20/2013
US Drought Monitor

US Drought Monitor

The data cutoff for Drought Monitor maps is Tuesday at 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The maps, which are based on analysis of the data, are released each Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

Wow -- who can top this?
05/14/2013

Wow -- who can top this?

Recycled shoes...by Willie Cole.

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