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Pavaho Pump Station

On Tuesday, September 21, the City of Dallas officially broke ground for the new Pavaho Pump Station in the 600 block of Canada Drive, between Sylvan Avenue and Coronet Boulevard. Mayor Tom Leppert and the City Council took shovels in hand and marked the start of construction on the pump station in West Dallas and the improvements to the Pavaho Sump. The West Dallas Chamber, Habitat for Humanity, local community members and neighboring businesses, shared the moment with BAR Constructors, Jacobs Engineer Group, Inc., and HNTB, project management, in celebration of the improvements. When the pump station is finished, it will reduce flooding concerns in the surrounding neighborhoods.


The three high efficiency corrosion-resistant Alstom Bergeron Concrete Volute pumps, processing 375,000 gallons per minute of water pumping power, are the first of their kind to be installed in a pump station in America. Concrete Volute pumps are high reliability pumps and they are in use throughout the world, known for sustained efficiency, corrosion-resistance, reduced vibration, and overall low maintenance costs.

The funding for this $27 million project was approved in the 2006 Bond Program. Construction of the Pump Station is scheduled to be completed by summer 2012.

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Now through October 17, 2010
Trinity River Photo Exhibit
“Bringing the Trinity to Life”
African American Museum
3526 Grand Avenue
Dallas, TX  75210
Showing during the State Fair of Texas
(214) 565-9026


Now through October 17, 2010
Trinity Watershed Exhibit featuring
Images of the Trinity River Corridor Project
Texas Discovery Gardens
3601 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Dallas, TX  75210
214-428-7476 x341


October 12, 2010
Trinity River Corridor
Project Committee Meeting
Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla, Room 6E South
Dallas, TX  75201
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


October 16, 2010
Nature Fest
Trinity River Audubon Center
6500 S. Loop 12 (Great Trinity Forest Way)
Dallas, TX  75217
Birding 101, Fishing, Kayaking, Conservation Lessons, nature walks, beautiful Birds of Prey
Open to the public – FREE Admission


October 21, 2010
Trinity River Audubon Center
6500 South Loop 12
(I-45 South to Loop 12 East)
Dallas, Texas 75217
Late night, 3rd Thursday Free Admission

Audubon Center
The Texas Buckeye Trail
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
Trinity Trust Foundation
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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Enter the 2010 Trinity River Photo Contest And Capture your own photo adventure!

Calling all photo entries!  You have from now until midnight on Friday, October 15, 2010 to submit photographs for the 2nd Annual Trinity River Photo Contest. The contest gives professional, amateur and youth photographers the opportunity to capture the beauty of the Trinity River Corridor.

Contest participants can enter two photos per category as follows:

  • Forest/Prairie
  • Architecture/Structures
  • River/Ponds
  • Wildlife

Visit to register for the contest and to learn more about contest rules, prizes, and places to shoot. You may upload photos through the Website, or send them to: Trinity River Corridor Project, 1500 Marilla, Room 6B South, Dallas, TX  75201, or e-mail them to Be sure to enclose your name, telephone, and e-mail, whether you are entering the Youth, Pro or Amateur group and the category of the photo.

Go ahead, get outdoors and snap your best shot!


Neighborhoods and Businesses View Sylvan Avenue Bridge Plans

For years, Dallas newscasters have announced the closing of Sylvan Avenue across the Trinity River during extensive periods of heavy rain, and the neighborhoods and business owners on either side of the river then detour to alternate routes. An important infrastructure project for Dallas from Trinity Watershed Management’s Trinity River Corridor Project will soon give everyone something different to talk about – another new bridge.

On Thursday, October 7, the City of Dallas held a public meeting to showcase the plans for the new elevated bridge. The open house format of the meeting provided easy access to maps of the roadway alignment area and renderings of the bridge. Participating citizens also had the opportunity to provide verbal or written input that would be put into the public record for the project. The open house was held at the West Dallas Multipurpose Center at 2828 Fish Trap Road from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The current Sylvan Avenue Bridge crossing is the last at-grade roadway with bridges within the Dallas Floodway. The new elevated bridge will be approximately one mile long and the approaches on the west side at Morris Street and on the east side at Irving Boulevard are part of the project improvements. By elevating the entire roadway to a bridge across the floodplain, it will reduce the chance of flooding or overtopping once it is complete.

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