Col. Charles H. Klinge, commander, Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, briefed Dallas City Councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hill and 33rd District U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey Tuesday on the benefits that the new Pavaho Pump Station delivers to reduce flood risk to this West Dallas neighborhood.
Since the new pump station, built by the city of Dallas, opened last year, it has successfully been able to quickly drain storm water and pump it over the West Levee into the Trinity River.
The site visit was part of a joint briefing, with the city of Dallas, updating the congressman on the many projects in the Trinity River Corridor. Major parts of the Trinity River Basin are in Rep. Veasey's new district, which includes portions of both Dallas and Fort Worth.
The presentation was hosted by The Trinity Trust, a Dallas-based foundation that supports implementation of the city's Balanced Vision Plan for the Dallas Floodway. It was followed up by a site visit that also included the Baker Pump Station construction site in the Dallas Design District, the Santa Fe Trestle Trail in Oak Cliff and Fort Worth District ecosystem restoration project sites that lower flood risk and create new wildlife habitat.
Col. Charles H. Klinge, in his briefing, said the USACE partnership with the city has been tested but it is strong in carrying through the important work still ahead. The Fort Worth District commander quoted USACE Maj. Gen. Merdith W.B. "Bo" Temple's 2009 observation: "The Trinity is the future of Dallas, and we need to build irreversible momentum, to see this project through."
"I appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the Trinity River projects in Dallas," said Veasey. "I am excited about the increased safety, parks, lakes, and trails that the completed projects will provide for the city."
The Fort Worth District's role with the Pavaho Pump Station was to monitor this Section 408 project to ensure the federal Dallas Floodway System performs its life safety role as designed.
"I appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the Trinity River projects in Dallas," said Veasey. "I am excited about the increased safety, parks, lakes, and trails that the completed projects will provide for the city."

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