Job descriptionThe Board is the governing body of TRWD. Term is four years.
DutiesTRWD is responsible for:
- Providing water to 2.1 million people in the district
- Monitoring water quality
- Managing flood protection
- Operating water pipelines, floodway levees, and reservoirs
- Operating recreational areas
- Administering the Trinity River Vision Authority
- Setting tax rates for property owners within the district
Annual salaryInformation unavailable; contact TRWD, https://www.trwd.com/contact-trwd/
MeetingsMonthly board meetings; special meetings called as needed.
TRWD contact informationContact elections@trwd.com

TRWD Board, 3 places

James Hill (incumbent)Website: http://www.jameshillcampaign.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jameshillcampaign/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-hill-938747
Email: jameshillcampaign@gmail.com
Jeremy RainesWebsite: https://raines4water.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raines4water
Email: jeremy@raines4water.com
Phone: 817-235-4727
Jack Stevens (incumbent)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jack-stevens-59789034
Phone: 817-720-4322
Charles “C. B.” TeamWebsite: https://www.cbteamcampaign.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CBTeamCampaign/
Email: cbteamcampaign@gmail.com
Mary KelleherWebsite: marykelleherfortrwd.com
Facebook: Mary Kelleher
Email: mkk4263@gmail.com
Phone: 817-880-5419
Leah King (incumbent)Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leahkingcampaign
Email: leahkingcampaign@gmail.com
Glenda Murray ThompsonWebsite: https://www.glendafortrwd.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Glenda-Murray-Thompson-for-TRWD-Board-101721585328247
Email: glenda@gesturesmarketing.com

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
James Hill
Jeremy Raines
I am prepared to do the work to accomplish TRWD’s promise. I am a forward thinker who is interested in planning for the worst, while at the same time getting things accomplished. I believe that the missions of providing a safe, clean, reliable water source, along with protecting our community from flooding are crucial to the wellbeing and growth of Fort Worth and surrounding areas. It is our responsibility. I am a good listener, collaborator, and never approach a challenge from a zero-sum perspective, and will focus on solutions for the citizens the district serves. As a 4th generation resident of Fort Worth, I have been volunteering and serving on boards and committees in this community for over 20 years. This commitment and history of service, coupled with my engineering background and business experience, will bring a fresh perspective to the board.
Jack Stevens
Charles “C. B.” Team
My belief is I can bring a much needed new perspective to the board. For more than 5 years, I have attended board meetings to better understand the District’s responsibilities, successes, and shortfalls. I have personally seen every square inch of the District’s operating areas so I have a very good understanding of the scope of work involved. My family has been in Fort Worth for more than 100 years and I plan on our family being here for the next 100 years making the missions of the District very personal to me. I have owned and managed a small business since 2012 and take the responsibility of providing jobs in our community very seriously. My experience and skillset will allow me to draw from my experiences as a business owner, property owner, and real estate broker to tackle any problems that arise.
Creo que puedo aportar una nueva perspectiva muy necesaria a la junta. Durante más de 5 años, he asistido a las reuniones de la junta para comprender mejor las responsabilidades, los éxitos y las deficiencias del Distrito. Personalmente, he visto cada centímetro cuadrado de las áreas operativas del Distrito, por lo que tengo una muy buena comprensión del alcance del trabajo involucrado. Mi familia ha estado en Fort Worth durante más de 100 años y planeo que nuestra familia esté aquí durante los próximos 100 años, haciendo que las misiones del Distrito sean muy personales para mí. Soy propietario y administrador de una pequeña empresa desde 2012 y me tomo muy en serio la responsabilidad de proporcionar puestos de trabajo en nuestra comunidad. Mi experiencia y conjunto de habilidades me permitirán aprovechar mis experiencias como propietario de un negocio, propietario de una propiedad y corredor de bienes raíces para abordar cualquier problema que surja.
Mary Kelleher
TRWD was formed in 1924 after flooding devastated Fort Worth in 1922. The worst flood in Fort Worth's history took place in 1949, and the community recognized the need for the levees along the Trinity River. In 2010, the Trinity River began exceeding its banks on a regular basis and flooded our farm on the east side of Fort Worth. We lost farm equipment and livestock drowned. I learned TRWD determines how much lake water is released and that water is released to protect lake property owners. Property owners downstream weren't considered.
I served the people on the TRWD Board from 2013-2017 with honesty and transparency and helped make public problems with nepotism and conflicts of interest the TRWD Board hadn't been addressing. TRWD now considers all property owners when releasing lake water and the Trinity hasn't exceeded its banks since 2015!
I am the best qualified candidate because I'm passionate about water issues, I believe in government transparency, and I've proven that I am not afraid to ask uncomfortable questions and challenge the status quo.
TRWD se formó en 1924 después de inundaciones que devastaran Fort Worth en 1922. La peor inundación en la historia de Fort Worth tuvo lugar en 1949, y la comunidad reconoció la necesidad de los diques a lo largo del río Trinity. En 2010, el río Trinity comenzó a exceder sus orillas regularmente e inundó nuestra granja en el lado este de Fort Worth. Perdimos equipo agrícola y el ganado se ahogó. Aprendí que TRWD determina cuánta agua del lago se libera y que el agua se libera para proteger a los propietarios de propiedades del lago. Los propietarios aguas abajo no fueron considerados.
Serví a la gente en la Junta de TRWD de 2013-2017 con honestidad y transparencia y ayudé a hacer problemas públicos con el nepotismo y los conflictos de intereses que la Junta de TRWD no había estado abordando. TRWD ahora considera a todos los propietarios al liberar agua del lago y la Trinidad no ha excedido sus bancos desde 2015!
Soy la candidate mejor calificada porque me apasionan los temas del agua, creo en la transparencia del gobierno y he demostrado que no tengo miedo de hacer preguntas incómodas y desafiar el statu quo.
Leah King
Glenda Murray Thompson
2. WHAT LESSONS SHOULD TRWD TAKE FROM THE FEBRUARY 20201 WINTER STORMS? WHAT INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS SHOULD BE PRIORITIZED, AND WHAT POLICIES SHOULD BE IN PLACE TO PROTECT WATER CONSUMERS DURING WEATHER EMERGENCIES?
James Hill
Jeremy Raines
The extreme winter weather event that occurred in February underscores the need of basic civil services to be prepared and plan for emergency situations. As someone with an engineering background, I understand the need and purpose of redundancy in critical infrastructure. Mechanical failures can and will happen and it is critical to have a plan for what to do when those occur. Just as important, you must have the qualified personnel available to act and the equipment available to them necessary to react to that emergency situation. Ideally, the district would have a plan for regularly meeting with industry, governmental, and other related entities to insure that we are preparing for potential realistic emergencies that the water district might face relating to water supply and flood protection. There should be regular reviews of these plans and regular inspections of the equipment meant to react to these emergencies. Another piece of emergency preparedness is preventing one from ever happening in the first place. One example of this is the hydrostatic pressure testing it does on its pipeline meant to discover potential failure points before they occur. This is not just smart and proactive, it saves money, as it's much less expensive to repair and replace a pipeline before a failure occurs, than reacting to an active failure. We should applaud these types of efforts by the district and encourage more of them. The district employs people and has the equipment that can assist with civil infrastructure repairs and, as it did during the February winter storms, should communicate with state and local officials and make its resources available to help the community recover from emergency situations.
Jack Stevens
Charles “C. B.” Team
I believe that these storms highlighted the need for redundancy in all of our cities critical infrastructure. One of my priorities would be to complete the Integrated Pipeline Project as soon as possible to provide a redundant water pipeline in the event the existing line fails for some reason. I would also like to see electrical redundancy in these pipelines to ensure there is no single failure point. Water is a primary utility and I believe that all primary utilities should be prioritized in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.
Creo que estas tormentas destacaron la necesidad de redundancia en todas las infraestructuras críticas de nuestras ciudades. Una de mis prioridades sería completar el Proyecto de tubería integrada lo antes posible para proporcionar una tubería de agua redundante en caso de que la línea existente falle por alguna razón. También me gustaría ver redundancia eléctrica en estas tuberías para asegurar que no haya un solo punto de falla. El agua es un servicio principal y creo que todos los servicios básicos deben tener prioridad en caso de un desastre natural o provocado por el hombre.
Mary Kelleher
TRWD sells raw water to cities and companies who then treat that water for consumers to use. The boil water notices were due to water treatment plants losing power during the storms, not TRWD. I think the winter storms taught us that Texas is not prepared for such weather events and every agency should update their policies to ensure the basic needs of people can be met during such weather events.
TRWD vende agua cruda a ciudades y empresas que luego tratan esa agua para que las usen los consumidores. Los avisos de agua hirviendo se debieron a que las plantas de tratamiento de agua perdieron energía durante las tormentas, no por TRWD. Creo que las tormentas invernales nos enseñaron que Texas no está preparado para tales eventos meteorológicos y cada agencia debe actualizar sus políticas para asegurar que las necesidades básicas de las personas puedan ser satisfechas durante tales eventos meteorológicos.
Leah King
Glenda Murray Thompson
3. STATE PROJECTIONS SUGGEST THE POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SHORTFALLS IN THE NORTH TEXAS WATER SUPPLY OVER THE NEXT 50 YEARS. WHAT STRATEGIES SHOULD TRWD PURSUE TO ENSURE SUFFICIENT WATER CONTINUES TO BE AVAILABLE AND PREPARE FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS IN THE COMING DECADES?
James Hill
Jeremy Raines
The TRWD should meet the growing demand for water by taking a holistic approach to the challenge and building a plan. There should first be a continued focus on conservation, to keep water usage as low as possible. We then need to continue to carefully examine our current infrastructure and sources of water. Once we are confident those are adequate, dependable, and efficient systems for fulfilling the water needs of the 2.1 million people that depend on it today, we can start examining and planning for improvements and expansion of those resources for future needs. One strategy is to explore the use of more water reuse projects, like the Shannon Wetlands near Richland Chambers Lake, to be part of that overall solution. These types of projects are a win-win for the taxpayer, the environment, and our water supply needs. We should also continue to explore groundwater storage as an option to meet our future water demands. Should all of those options be exhausted and the demand for water be such that moving forward to building a new reservoir is our best opportunity to meet the needs of the people in our community, I would be in favor and work to do so in a manner that is consistent with the law. It is critical that this type of project is managed effectively, taking into consideration all the stakeholders involved in a project of that size.
Jack Stevens
Charles “C. B.” Team
Without an adequate and affordable water supply the city and region will be unable to continue our growth like we have experienced in recent years. In my experience, no single solution will be effective in meeting our region’s future needs for water therefore, I will advocate for a water supply strategy which incorporates continued reservoir development and conservation while at the same time also investigates new technologies like aquifer storage and additional wetlands reuse projects. Conservation must be a part of any water supply plan and cannot be depended upon solely to meet the needs of our growing city’s water needs.
Sin un suministro de agua adecuado y asequible, la ciudad y la región no podrán continuar con nuestro crecimiento como lo hemos experimentado en los últimos años. En mi experiencia, ninguna solución única será eficaz para satisfacer las necesidades futuras de agua de nuestra región, por lo tanto, abogaré por una estrategia de suministro de agua que incorpore el desarrollo y la conservación continuos de los reservorios y, al mismo tiempo, también investigue nuevas tecnologías como el almacenamiento de acuíferos y humedales adicionales. reutilizar proyectos. La conservación debe ser parte de cualquier plan de suministro de agua y no se puede depender únicamente de ella para satisfacer las necesidades de agua de nuestra ciudad en crecimiento.
Mary Kelleher
I think the winter weather reminded people just how precious water is and I hope people won’t soon forget that. TRWD has been planning for future water supply since 1922 and has done an excellent job of providing our area with raw water using a system of lakes and pipelines from our area to east Texas. When I served on the Board from 2013-2017, I convinced the board to agree to a pilot program recommended by TRWD engineer David Marshall called ASR (Aquifer Storage Recovery). ASR is not a new concept and is a proven method of storing water underground locally. I would encourage the TRWD Board to listen to the ideas of the talented staff and look at other methods for providing water for our future.
Creo que el clima invernal recordó a la gente lo preciosa que es el agua y espero que la gente no lo olvide pronto. TRWD ha estado planeando para el suministro futuro de agua desde 1922 y ha hecho un excelente trabajo de proporcionar a nuestra área agua cruda utilizando un sistema de lagos y tuberías de nuestra área al este de Texas. Cuando serví en la Junta de 2013-2017, convencí a la junta para que aceptara un programa piloto recomendado por el ingeniero de TRWD David Marshall llamado ASR (Acuífer Storage Recovery). ASR no es un concepto nuevo y es un método probado para almacenar agua bajo tierra localmente. Animaría a la Junta de TRWD a escuchar las ideas del talentoso personal y examinar otros métodos para proporcionar agua para nuestro futuro.
Leah King
Glenda Murray Thompson
4. WHAT STRATEGIES SHOULD TRWD PURSUE TO PREVENT FLOODING IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE DISTRICT (EXCLUDING THE TRINITY RIVER VISION/PANTHER ISLAND FLOOD CONTROL MEASURES)?
James Hill
Jeremy Raines
The TRWD is responsible for flood control along a 27 mile stretch of the Trinity River as it runs through Tarrant County. The district is also responsible for flood control on the reservoirs it owns and operates. The biggest piece of the budget around flood control is maintaining the strength and integrity of the levees along the floodway. This should continue to be the focus of the district’s efforts to mitigate flooding across the district. As our population grows, so does our impervious surface which creates more water runoff into the River and our lakes. As the USACE stated in a report in the early 2000s, over 86% of our levees are no longer tall enough to protect us. The USACE Central City Project was designed to correct that. Though we can’t stop there, we have to continue to evaluate and look at what’s next on the horizon to help keep us safe from flooding. It is going to take an actionable plan and cooperation with leaders and planners across the district, along with proper maintenance and operations of the district’s flood control systems, to keep up with this challenge.
Jack Stevens
Charles “C. B.” Team
Flood control is one of the 4 core missions of the TRWD and is of the utmost importance to those that live and work along the Trinity River and its tributaries. The District needs to continue studying how the effects of urbanization and development are affecting water runoff and increasing the risks of flash flooding. I think an effective tactic would be to reach out to individuals in different areas of the District to gather first hand reports to then cross reference with water gauge data to determine areas that might need additional resources.
El control de inundaciones es una de las 4 misiones principales del TRWD y es de suma importancia para quienes viven y trabajan a lo largo del río Trinity y sus afluentes. El Distrito necesita continuar estudiando cómo los efectos de la urbanización y el desarrollo están afectando la escorrentía de agua y aumentando los riesgos de inundaciones repentinas. Creo que una táctica eficaz sería llegar a las personas en diferentes áreas del Distrito para recopilar informes de primera mano y luego hacer referencias cruzadas con los datos del medidor de agua para determinar las áreas que podrían necesitar recursos adicionales.
Mary Kelleher
TRWD has jurisdiction over flooding caused by the Trinity exceeding its banks, not flooding due to overdevelopment. Increasing the height of our existing levees could prevent future flooding in our area. Dredging the Trinity to both clean it and allow it to hold more water is definitely long overdue.
TRWD tiene jurisdicción sobre las inundaciones causadas por la Trinidad que excede sus bancos, no inundaciones debido al sobredesarrollo. Aumentar la altura de nuestros diques existentes podría evitar futuras inundaciones en nuestra zona. Dragar la Trinidad para limpiarla y permitirle mantener más agua está definitivamente atrasada hace mucho tiempo.
Leah King
Glenda Murray Thompson
5. THE TRINITY RIVER VISION/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT HAS NOT RECEIVED FUNDING FROM THE US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS FOR SEVERAL YEARS (EXCEPTING THE REJECTED FEASIBILITY STUDY FUNDS). IF ADDITIONAL FEDERAL FUNDING IS NOT SECURED, HOW SHOULD TRWD PROCEED?
James Hill
Jeremy Raines
The district should fight to get the Central City Project on track because part of its mission is to provide vital flood protection to the community. This can be accomplished by working closely and openly with our partners in the city, county, state, and federal government, who all have a responsibility to protect the people in this area. It is my belief that all of us should take a larger role in lobbying the federal government to allocate the funds to the USACE so that they can do the work our city needs to be done to protect us from a major flood event. We recently witnessed what happens when infrastructure isn’t prepared and we don’t have a good enough plan in place for a 100-year weather event -- and many people suffered dearly because of it.
Jack Stevens
Charles “C. B.” Team
There has been much debate whether the various designs could be built in a less expensive manner, whether the TRVA is a flood control or real estate project, or whether it was even needed in the first place. Frankly, the time to have those discussions has come and gone. By the end of this year, we will have 3 bridges over nothing but dry dirt, acres of land sitting dormant on a government entities balance sheet (off the tax rolls, I might add) and several miles of riverfront that the private sector has been scared away from because of unknowns in timing and regulation.
I think the Tarrant Regional Water District and local partners need to remain prepared to receive funds, while at the same time analyzing the current project for efficiencies which could potentially reduce the scope of work or evaluate the option to shift certain infrastructure costs to private developers.
Ha habido mucho debate sobre si los distintos diseños podrían construirse de una manera menos costosa, si el TRVA es un control de inundaciones o un proyecto inmobiliario, o si incluso se necesitaba en primer lugar. Francamente, el momento de tener esas discusiones llegó y se fue. Para fines de este año, tendremos 3 puentes sobre nada más que tierra seca, acres de tierra inactivos en el balance de una entidad gubernamental (fuera de las listas de impuestos, debo agregar) y varias millas de ribera que el sector privado ha estado asustado debido a las incógnitas en el tiempo y la regulación.
Mary Kelleher
A feasibility study was required by the USACE, but Congresswoman Kay Granger managed to get Congress to waive that requirement before her son JD Granger was placed in charge of the project. Hopefully, the people will elect 3 Board members who are willing to sit at the table and discuss this taxpayers’ nightmare. TRWD Board should require a feasibility study, enforce the recommendations by the independent study, and hire an outside firm not related to TRWD management to help TRWD come up with a plan to mitigate the damage already done.
El USACE requirió un estudio de factibilidad, pero la congresista Kay Granger logró que el Congreso renunciara a ese requisito antes de que su hijo JD Granger fuera puesto a cargo del proyecto. Con suerte, el pueblo elegirá a 3 miembros de la Junta que están dispuestos a sentarse a la mesa y discutir la pesadilla de este contribuyente. TRWD Board debe requerir un estudio de factibilidad, hacer cumplir las recomendaciones del estudio independiente y contratar a una empresa externa no relacionada con la gestión de TRWD para ayudar a TRWD a idear un plan para mitigar el daño ya hecho.
Leah King
Glenda Murray Thompson
6. IN 2019, AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF THE TRINITY RIVER VISION/PANTHER ISLAND PROJECT RECOMMENDED CHANGES IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT. HOW WOULD YOU EXPLAIN TO CONSTITUENTS THE CHANGES MADE, AND HOW DO YOU ASSESS THEIR EFFECTIVENESS?
James Hill
Jeremy Raines
The recommendations made by the 2019 review by Riveron helped inform the district where they were getting it right and where changes might provide better results and public confidence. In fact, the TRVA adopted every single recommendation made by the report. After reading the review in its entirety, I found the report to be overwhelmingly fair and balanced in its assessment of the Trinity River Vision project. Many of the changes in project management are meant to provide a clear delineation of responsibilities and oversight between the flood control portion of the project and the economic development portion. Ultimately, these changes, when combined with greater transparency within the district, will add to greater public trust and confidence in the work the TRVA is responsible for. After reviewing the information that I have researched, the next step is to work with the new administration and move forward. I look forward to doing just that.
Jack Stevens
Charles “C. B.” Team
To answer this question I had to go back into my notes from the 8-12-19 TRVA/TRWD joint meeting, which I attended. The programmatic review ordered and completed in 2019 made multiple recommendations for the project including; placing the recreation planning back under the TRWD’s purview, putting together a plan B for federal funding, putting more of an emphasis on the project's Flood Control benefits, and separating the Economic Development Activities from project; just to name a few. Of the roughly 1 dozen recommendations some have been acted upon, but many remain partially completed. There is still work to be done regarding the management structure of the project and putting together a viable “plan B” for funding the overall project.
Para responder a esta pregunta tuve que volver a mis notas de la reunión conjunta TRVA / TRWD 8-12-19, a la que asistí. La revisión programática ordenada y completada en 2019 hizo múltiples recomendaciones para el proyecto, que incluyen; colocar la planificación de recreación nuevamente bajo el ámbito de la TRWD, armar un plan B para financiamiento federal, poner más énfasis en los beneficios del control de inundaciones del proyecto y separar las actividades de desarrollo económico del proyecto; Sólo para nombrar unos pocos. De las aproximadamente 1 docena de recomendaciones, algunas se han cumplido, pero muchas permanecen parcialmente completadas. Todavía queda trabajo por hacer con respecto a la estructura de gestión del proyecto y la elaboración de un "plan B" viable para financiar el proyecto en general.
Mary Kelleher
While on the TRWD Board from 2013-2017, I publicly disclosed to anyone who would listen, the blatant nepotism in placing JD Granger in charge of the TRV/Panther Island project. Constituents need to know that TRWD totally failed in following the recommended changes in project management and oversight. JD Granger continues to manage the project and more taxpayer money is going to a retired USACE employee who is being paid $25,000 a month to act as the new project manager. Unfortunately, TRWD does not answer to any other government agency so they continue to do as they please. The only hope is to have true public servants on the TRWD who aren’t afraid to ask questions and challenge the status quo.
Mientras estaba en la Junta de TRWD de 2013-2017, revelé públicamente a cualquiera que escuchara, el nepotismo descarado en la colocación de JD Granger a cargo del proyecto TRV/Panther Island. Los constituyentes necesitan saber que TRWD falló totalmente al seguir los cambios recomendados en la gestión y supervisión de proyectos. JD Granger continúa administrando el proyecto y más dinero de los contribuyentes va a un empleado jubilado de USACE al que se le paga $25,000 al mes para actuar como el nuevo gerente del proyecto. Desafortunadamente, TRWD no responde a ninguna otra agencia gubernamental, por lo que continúan haciendo lo que les plazca. La única esperanza es tener verdaderos servidores públicos en el TRWD que no tienen miedo de hacer preguntas y desafiar el statu quo.
Leah King
Glenda Murray Thompson
7. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
James Hill
Jeremy Raines
Jack Stevens
Charles “C. B.” Team
Mary Kelleher
Leah King
Glenda Murray Thompson