Local Government

Trinity Watershed Management Has Just Been Dissolved

And there was much rejoicing.

It’s hard to overstate what a mess Trinity Watershed Management has been. We have called it the city of Dallas’ most inept department. The Dallas Wave, the whitewater deal that violated federal laws and has to be removed from the Trinity? That’s TWM. The Margaret McDermott Bridge snafu? That’s TWM. We’ve been trying to keep track of TWM’s mistakes. There’s a lot to keep track of. So today’s news is welcome. The department is being killed. From a memo (see below) from City Manager T.C. Broadnax:

The current Trinity Watershed Management Department will dissolve as an operating department. Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) will serve as the City’s “One Water” system for all water-related activities. Thus, allowing the City to manage watersheds, water resources, and water facilities in an environmentally, economically, and socially beneficial manner. By consolidating storm water drainage, water supply, and wastewater utilities, Dallas will better align itself with national standards and take a holistic approach to planning, operating, and anticipating future needs for its water system. Functions related to environmental activities will be absorbed by the Office of Environmental Quality.

Dissolve! Get it? Trinity Watershed Management is being dissolved. I love this stuff. Anyway, as I say, this is good news.

Memorandum to Council_Phase II Reorg by sdallasesq on Scribd

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Comments

  • bmslaw

    So what happens to the former leaders of the Department? Where will they be taking their incompetence now? That might give us a clue as to where the next financial fiasco might be looming.

    • MattL1

      “Sarah Standifer, the current Director of Trinity Watershed Management, will become an assistant director, providing leadership to the Stormwater Division, under the Dallas Water Utilities Department.”

      • mrEmannE

        In other words, Sarah got flushed.😁🥂👏

      • Happy Bennett

        Sounds like she got a promotional demotion. Got to keep those “non working supervisor” jobs filled.

  • Bill Gross

    The job description for Director of Trinity Watershed Management was recently changed. It had required a person licensed as a Professional Engineer by the state. That qualification was dropped. Did the City want it easier to park a “fair haired boy/girl” in that position. It’s all moot now anyway.

    • Happy Bennett

      Why doesn’t the local press investigate or question any of this in advance or on an on going basis? Too busy writing fluff pieces about “the cutest kid at the council meetings”, I guess.