George W. Shannon Wetlands Project

Reusing water with a purpose

TRWD’s George W. Shannon Wetlands Water Reuse Project was the first of its kind in the United States and serves as a functional water supply alternative for the district’s rapidly growing service area.

Water quality

Weekly, monthly and annual monitoring during operation

Water is monitored weekly during operation. Soil is monitored monthly during operation for total phosphorus. Water, vegetation and soil is collected annually for a detailed analysis of heavy metals, trace elements, pesticides, semi-volatile organics, volatile organics and Biphenyls.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get more information about the wetlands
Adjacent to the Richland-Chambers Lake dam on the north side of Highway 287, approximately 25 miles Southeast of Corsicana, Texas. The wetlands are located on the Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area. GPS Coordinates: 31°58’09.8″N 96°05’01.3″W.
The George W. Shannon Wetlands are a water supply project built to meet growing water demands in TRWD’s service area. TRWD currently provides raw water to 2.1 million people in 11 counties. And that number is expected to double by 2060. This project will help the district meet those demands and push back the need to construct additional water supply reservoirs. The wetlands also play a number of roles in the environment, including water purification, flood control and provide habitats for wildlife.
 The wetland project involves a working partnership between the TRWD and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to bring the reuse water concept to reality. The wetland is located on the Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area, which is owned by TPWD, but TRWD operates the Wetlands as one of its water supply projects.
Contact Texas Parks & Wildlife Department at (903) 389-7080.
Yes. The wetlands are open to the public year round. We recommend planning a tour from mid-February through May. There are no facilities available for 10 miles. It’s recommended to bring any needed food/drinks for your group.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department requires daily registration for all visitors. A Limited Public Use Permit or an Annual Public Hunting permit can be obtained through their website.

Each wetland cell has deep water zones that are approximately 6’ deep. The remaining marsh area of the wet cells are 6-12” deep.

Wetland project receives national award

TRWD has received a “2014 Best of the Best Award” by Engineering News-Record for its work on the recently expanded George W. Shannon Wetlands Project in Navarro County. The project was selected by a panel [...]

March 4th, 2015|

Wetlands Facts

General info about the wetlands
  • Total Project Footprint = 2022 acres
  • Total Wetland Footprint = 1730 acres
  • Sedimentation Basins = 117 acres
  • Canal Area = 33 acres
  • Levee Area = 154 acres
  • Rock Roads = 26 miles

Water Reuse

Wetland Water Cycle
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Why is the Wetlands considered
a water reuse project?

Water from Richland-Chambers Reservoir is pumped to the customer cities, where it is treated and consumed. After consumption, water is collected at the waste water treatment plants, treated and then discharged back to the Trinity River as effluent. The Wetlands Pump Station diverts water from the Trinity River into the Wetland System for treatment. Finally, the treated wetland water is pumped back into Richland-Chambers Reservoir to complete the cycle.

Recreation

Wetland recreation details and information

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department land use rules apply. All visitors, unless on a group tour or under age 17, must have a Limited Public Use Permit or an Annual Public Hunting permit, which can be obtained through the TPWD website.

READY TO EXPLORE?

Register for your permit with TPWD

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Wetlands Details

Educators and professional groups are encouraged to schedule a group tour for any/all grade levels. TRWD and TPWD staff collaborate to provide a thorough tour covering water quality, wetland ecology, and wildlife diversity. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department land use rules apply. All visitors, unless on a group tour or under age 17, must have a Limited Public Use Permit or an Annual Public Hunting permit, which can be obtained through the TPWD website.

Location

WETLANDS LOCATION:
Adjacent to Richland-Chambers Reservoir Dam on North side of HWY 287, approximately 25 miles Southeast of Corsicana, TX on Richland Creek WMA.


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WETLANDS CONTACTS

TRWD Richland-Chambers Office: (903) 389-3928

Texas Parks and Wildlife Richland Creek WMA:
(903) 389-7080