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System Study Proposed by
City of Dallas

On June 1, 2009, the City of Dallas held a press conference to announce the path forward for the Dallas Floodway announcing the progress and the System Study that would be proposed on June 10 to the Dallas City Council. At the press conference, the speakers were Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Mayor Tom Leppert, and City Councilmember Dave Neumann.

 

 
After the unacceptable rating of the Dallas Floodway System by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers earlier in the year, the City of Dallas is recommending a System Study to further analyze concerns expressed by the Corps. The Corps determined this comprehensive engineering analysis of the levee system must be done to determine if the levees can safely pass the 800-year flood.

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Calendar of Events

June 25, 2009
Trinity River Audubon Center
6500 South Loop 12
(I-45 South to Loop 12 East)
Dallas, Texas 75217
Texas Rangers Baseball Camp
Sponsors Lena Pope Home Eco-Event
Visit www.trinityriveraudubon.org
or call 214-370-TRAC
9:00 a.m. to noon.

June 30, 2009
Trinity River Corridor Project
Photo Contest and Workshop
Keep watch for all the exciting details!

July 2, 2009
Dollar Day at the Dallas Zoo
See the baby chimp and cool gators!
650 S. R. L. Thornton Freeway
(I-35 at Marsalis)
214-670-5656
www.dallaszoo.com
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July 4, 2009
Fair Park Fourth
1200 South Second Avenue
Dallas, TX  75210
Visit www.fairpark.org
National fireworks display by Grucci
Open to the public
Visit Trinity River Corridor Project
Booth at Fair Park Fourth!
4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

July 16, 2009
Trinity River Audubon Center
6500 South Loop 12
(I-45 South to Loop 12 East)
Dallas, Texas 75217
Late night 3rd Thursday Free Admission
Visit www.trinityriveraudubon.org
or call 214-370-TRAC
9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Look Closer - Canon Cameras
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Photography Workshop by Canon
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
www.trinityrivercorridor.org
or call 214-671-9500

 
Resources
Audubon Center
The Texas Buckeye Trail
Dallas Zoo
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
Trinity Trust Foundation
Student Conservation Association
 
City Hall Update
City of Dallas Council
Agendas and Briefings
Trinity River Corridor Project
Committee Agendas & Briefings
 
City of Dallas Council
Agendas and Briefings
Trinity River Corridor Project
Committee Agendas & Briefings


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New Trail Markers on the Bois d’arc Trail

On a wet and cool Saturday, Boy Scout Lee Cooper from Boy Scout Troup 125 and six fellow scouts worked under Lee’s direction to install over three miles of trail markers every 1/8 of a mile in Rochester Park on the new Bois d’arc Trail. The installation took place in the steady rain and under the watchful eye of Lee’s father, Dr. Daniel Cooper, Greg Turner, and Bill Warren, the other father’s supervising at the event.

This project represents an important milestone for the trail system of the Trinity River Corridor Project because these markers are the first installation of this type for Rochester Park. The 60” flexible markers installed to a depth of 20” will lead hikers through a forest trail past Green Ash, Pecan, Post Oak, Bur Elm and Bois d’arc trees.  The trees range in size from modest saplings to trophy trees that are decades old.

Lee put together an impressive program for the trail marker project and presented it to the Boy Scouts of America in February 2009. He received approval of the project in late March 2009 and began the work to line up all the materials, the installation team, and to schedule the work day.

A kiosk has been ordered for the trailhead by the Trinity River Corridor Project. Lee will return to help with the installation of the kiosk and to install the remaining one mile of trail markers.

“I’m proud to help work toward the completion of the Trinity River Corridor Project by selecting this project. Also, Rochester Park offers Dallas unseen beauty and I hope this new marked trail will give more people a chance to experience it,” said Boy Scout Lee Cooper. “I’m impressed with the Bois d’arc trees along this woodland trail and that is why I named the trail after them.”

The installation team consisted of fellow Scouts Ben Collins and Huntington Biggers from Troop 82, and Ford Yates, Ben Warren, Adam Roosein and Will Turner from Troup 125. Everyone worked hard and long hours in the rain to make this project a success for future visitors to the trail.
 

Big Hearted Volunteers Plant Wetland Cell G

At the end of May 2009, 44 volunteers from Bank of America, Groundwork Dallas and interested citizens spent a beautiful sunny morning planting aquatic vegetation at the site of the former Sleepy Hollow Golf Course which is now named Wetland Cell G. This area is located off I-45 South and Loop 12 East.

The volunteers and interested individuals joined experts from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center which operates the Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystem Research Facility (LAERF) in Lewisville, Texas and leadership from Groundwork Dallas to plant more than 400 individual plants such as Arrowhead, Arrow Arum, Softstem Bulrush, and American Bulrush.

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