Trinity Watershed Management
Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla, Room 6B South Dallas, Texas 75201
Elizabeth "Liz" Fernandez, P.E.
Director, Trinity Watershed Management
Trinity Watershed Management division encompasses four divisions that provide services to all citizens and business of Dallas:
- Flood Control - Dhruv Pandya, Assistant Director
Flood protection is the primary service provided by the Flood Control Division, and is provided through the maintenance and operation of the Dallas Floodway Project consisting of pump stations, pressure sewers, levees, flood walls, drainage/closure structures, channels, floodway and miscellaneous facilities. Maintenance of the Dallas Floodway System must be performed in accordance with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) regulations. Other duties include maintenance of Flooded Roadway Warning System (FRWS), flood gauge sites, retention/detention basins, and Civil Defense sirens. Additional duties include removal of blockages on City-owned creeks/channels, storm sewers, and responds to inclement weather emergencies such as snow/ice, wind storms and street flooding.
- Floodplain & Drainage Management - Jennifer Cottingham, P.E., Assistant Director
Floodplain and Drainage Management provides studies and mapping to ensure that public infrastructure and private developments are designed to avoid flooding. It encourages the preservation of natural streams and green space and prohibits development in areas that are prone to flood, as required by state law unless an acceptable floodplain permit is issued. This service qualifies Dallas property owners for a 15% discount on their flood insurance which provides annual savings for all policy holders (please speak to your insurance agent or FEMA to learn more about the discount and how it might apply to your insurance policy.) Additionally, this division is responsible for the planning, design, construction, administration and management of the drainage infrastructure in Capital Bond programs, as well as the development and management of the Dallas Floodway System Study, the Levee Remediation Plan for Dallas.
- Stormwater Management - Sarah Standifer, Assistant Director
The Stormwater Management division promotes stewardship of the lakes, creeks and Trinity River through Dallas, and works to maintain regulatory compliance with applicable federal, state, and local stormwater regulations. The division performs regular water quality monitoring, and inspects Dallas construction sites and industrial facilities to confirm and enforce related permit compliance. The Outreach team promotes stormwater pollution prevention and natural resource stewardship by providing related education to City staff, the general public, school children, and the business community. These efforts protect our creeks, lakes, and rivers to maintain water resource uses, within a clean healthy environment.
- Trinity River Corridor Project Implementation - Sarah Standifer, Assistant Director
The Trinity River Corridor Project is the most complex and the largest urban development effort undertaking by the City of Dallas. This multi-generational project provides critical flood protection, transportation improvements, recreational amenities, environmental restoration/preservation, and economic development for the Trinity River Corridor which covers 20 miles or 10,000 acres. Implementation of the project is in accordance with the Trinity River Corridor Project Balanced Vision Plan.