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Arlington ESFO submits report to Corps of Engineers on City of Fort Worth's Central City Project
Southwest Region, May 13, 2005
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The Arlington Ecological Services Field Office submitted a draft Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act report for the Central City Project located in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, to the Corps of Engineers on May 13, 2005. This project is the second of several feasibility studies in Tarrant County to be conducted over the next few years as part of the comprehensive Clear Fork and West Fork of the Trinity River Interim Feasibility Study to reduce flood damage and restore ecosystems, and provide additional and improved recreational opportunities along the West and Clear Forks of the Trinity River and its tributaries.

In December 2004, the U.S. Congress authorized $110 million for the Corps to undertake the Central City Project as generally described in the April 2003 Trinity River Vision Master Plan. The Trinity River Vision Master Plan is a cooperative initiative between the Tarrant Regional Water District, Streams and Valleys (a local non-profit parks organization), City of Fort Worth, and Corps with input from several private entities and businesses that would transform the Central City area into a thriving business and urban residential development to boost the local economy. The locally preferred plan, known as the Community Alternative With Ecosystem Improvements, is one of the alternatives for the Corps? project that includes construction of a town lake and by-pass channel, with ecosystem restoration in a local park, that would serve as the basic infrastructure for implementing the Trinity River Vision Master Plan.

The ecosystem restoration included in the Community Alternative with Ecosystem Improvements, along with the Service's recommendations for mitigating impacts to aquatic and terrestrial habitats within the project area, will compensate for natural resources impacted by the project.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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