State Says it Will Help Clean the Trinity River

Texas will help local governments and landowners clean-up the waters of the Trinity River, which links the Dallas-Fort Worth area with parts of the Houston area. Here's more from Houston Public Radio's Jack Williams.

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The Trinity River Basin Environmental Restoration project will combine state dollars with money from local juridictions to preserve and enhance the river. The initiative is expected to improve one of the state's most important sources of drinking water and the longest river completely within Texas. Dr. Alan Jones is the director of the Texas Water Resources Institute at Texas A&M University, which will facilitate the effort.

"I'd say that the Trinity River Environmental Restoration initiative will over the next few years allow us a better opporunity to work together, both in urban and rural areas to improve and better manage our streams, the reservours, the wildlife, the recreational opportunities, the fisheries in this very unique basin."

From Lake Livingston, the Trinity River heads south and empties into Trinity Bay in Chambers County east of Houston.

"We have a great opportunity to take this management and stewardship of a great natural resource into the future, make it a focus and make it a pilot and a model for the country."

The state, which has allocated $500,000 dollars for the initiative, hopes to also raise funds for hydrology, wetland restoration and wildlife habitat.

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