National Parks & Recreation Month: Wetlands Project

By July 31, 2019

This past month has been the widely celebrated and renowned National Park & Recreation month. To springboard off of the practices involved in National Parks & Recreation month, we would like to give you some insight on a project that has minimized spending on water and promoted a better ecosystem for the area it spans.

TRWD’s George W. Shannon Wetlands Water Reuse Project is another way the district is extending its current resources to meet a rapidly growing population. A joint effort with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, this 2,200-acre facility near Richland-Chambers Lake was completed in 2013, and consists of a series of sedimentation ponds and wetland cells that naturally filter water diverted from the Trinity River. In 2018, the project was recognized as a Conservation Wrangler Program.

TRWD is already working on another wetlands facility at nearby Cedar Creek Lake, which will provide an additional 28 billion gallons to the district’s supply when needed. Once both are fully operational, together they will provide TRWD with enough water supply to serve an additional one million people.

Lake Current Level Conservation Level* Level Difference**
Arlington 548.77 550.00 -1.23
Benbrook 687.77 694.00 -6.23
Bridgeport 820.82 836.00 -15.18
Cedar Creek 320.59 322.00 -1.41
Eagle Mountain 642.09 649.10 -7.01
Lake Worth 591.14 594.00 -2.86
Richland-Chambers 312.58 315.00 -2.42
*Conservation Level: The permitted level of water an entity is allowed to hold in a lake. Any amount above the conservation level is used for the temporary storage of flood waters and must be released downstream.
**Difference: Amount above or below conservation level.
For more information read our daily reports or the TRWD Lake Level Blog.

Check out the TRWD OneRain portal for a visualization of this information and more.

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