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Construction continues on the Baker III Pump Station expansion at the East Levee of the Dallas Floodway System just west of Sylvan Avenue; one of the six floodwater pumping stations along the Trinity River. The expanded capacity of the new pumps, to 700,000 gallons per minute, will reduce neighborhood flood risk in the adjacent Design District. Construction is expected to be finished in 2014 depending on weather.

American cities everywhere are faced with aging infrastructure; it’s a fact of this period of time we are in because most of the pump stations were built in the 40s.

The Fort Worth District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers administrates this City of Dallas project under a Section 408 permit through the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899

The kites are coming! On May 18, the Trinity River Wind Festival presented by NRG is back at the Dallas Floodway. This is the third year that Reliant and its parent company are sponsoring this free family event featuring wind driven outdoor fun!

Plan to wear your tennis shoes, pack sunscreen, bring a kite or scarf, whistle or hand thrown airplane; invite family, friends and neighbors and get ready for this unique outdoor event held only in North Texas!

From 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., the free activities are in full swing with show kites, public kite flying, street artists, zoo animals, bounce houses, clowns, face painting, and music. The parking is at 146 S. Commerce Street for a fee and food is available for a fee, too.

March 30, 2013
Celebrate Birds!
Trinity River Audubon Center
6500 Great Trinity Forest Way
Dallas, TX 75217
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
$5 parking, free admission
Trinityriver.audubon.org

April 6, 2013
Sally Ride Science Festival
University of Texas at Dallas
Trinity Watershed Management Exhibit
10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Sallridescience.com

April 20-21, 2013
Earth Day Dallas
Fair Park
Trinity Watershed Management Exhibit
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. dail
Earthdaydallas.org

April 21, 2013
Oak Cliff earth Day
Lake Cliff Park
Trinity Watershed Management Exhibit
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Oakcliffearthday.com

 
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Less than Two Minutes Made the Difference
Congratulations Dallas Fire-Rescue!

For the fourth year, the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department took home the Glenn Carter Safety Trophy in the 2013 Trinity River Levee Run’s 10K event! This year, less than two minutes was the difference between Officer Brian Johannesson’s time of 38:07 and Senior Corporal Jerod Honrath from the Dallas Police Department‘s time. Officer Honrath ran the race in 39:49.

They must have been chasing each other across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge with their eye on the prize! Next year promises to be even more exciting as runners from the two safety departments prepare their runners. Game on!

Yoga on the Bridge

This year was the first time for a unique activity that took place on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The soothing voice of Jen Lawson led a group of 150 experienced and beginning yoga enthusiasts through the muscle toning stretches and balancing forms that make up the art of this terrific exercise.

Uptown Yoga, Yoga & Sync Wellbeing and Claire Vista Vitality Club worked to invite yoga groups from throughout North Texas to the bridge. Jen Lawson, owner of Yoga & Sync Wellbeing, said, “Is your core getting warm, can you feel your body stretching toward the top of this beautiful arch above you?”

The afternoon of yoga was greeted by vivid blue skies but cool windy temperatures. Despite this fact, the participants took off their shoes and socks and went to the mat.

Through yoga, learn to breathe deeply, build strength, gain flexibility, and achieve stone-cold balance in any pose whether it is the “bridge”, “downward facing dog” or the “crane”.

Weather in March

For the Trinity River Levee Run, it is anyone’s guess about the weather on race day. The race is always the first Saturday of March. In 2012, the morning was sunny and a balmy 50 degrees with a light touch of wind. Perfect running weather!

For this year, it was 28 degrees and the wind was blowing at 12 miles an hour. We were all shivering cold! The runners huddled together or stayed in their cars until race time and then went for their morning run across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and the Trinity River.

Most runners weren’t bundled up and that is an amazing site to see particularly because it was very cold and windy on the bridge. It proves that runners brave many weather conditions to stay fit and to enjoy the fun and freedom of being outdoors!

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