Water Quality and the Trinity River

Water photo by Connor Mackey

By 2050, the North Texas area population is estimated to double from six million to twelve million people. If this statistic holds true, the growth will add one million new residents every seven years. Preparing for urban growth and an increasing population puts the focus on resources and water is at the top of the list for the area’s vast watersh​ed – the Trinity River Basin encompasses 18,000 square miles (7% of the state’s land are). Dallas, the ninth largest city in the U.S., supports residential areas, commercial/industrial development, outdoor recreation, an active downtown district, a vast transportation network, and there are 22 water reservoirs on the Trinity River. These different land and water uses are affected by the population and wildlife; they can ultimately impact water quality.

To find out more about the Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability’s programs promoting awareness of the Trinity River, storm water (rain water), storm water infrastructure, Stream Team, and how each of us can play a role on a daily basis to improve water quality. Contact Stormwater Management at stormwater@DallasCityHall.com or call 214-948-4022 to learn more or to request a presentation for your organization, school or business. Also visit ReverseLitter.com to stop the cycle of litter and help keep the Trinity River clean!

​​​​​​​​​​​​Trinity River and Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.  Photo by David Worthington