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Army Corps Announces Funding for Panther Island Project

Once completed, a bypass channel in the Trinity River will create Panther Island north of downtown.
Once completed, a bypass channel in the Trinity River will create Panther Island north of downtown.
FT. WORTH, TX — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released a work plan that includes $403 million for the Trinity River Vision/Central City flood control project in Fort Worth. The funding will allow the Corps to complete final design of all project components and construct a bypass channel.

“This is the go-time moment we have been anxiously awaiting,” Mayor Mattie Parker said. “We had confidence in the Corps of Engineers and our federal representatives. This funding announcement delivers the certainty that will make our community safer and the green light for further investment in the area. This is an incredible moment in Fort Worth’s history.”

“This is a great day for Fort Worth. Having experienced unprecedented growth since I was mayor, we are now the 12th largest city in the nation," said U.S. Rep. Kay Granger of Fort Worth. "But with growth comes responsibility. As the leaders in flood control, I thank the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for understanding that responsibility and addressing that need for Fort Worth. Our community will be safer thanks to their hard work and tireless commitment. I also thank U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey for helping this project cross the finish line and Mayor Mattie Parker for her commitments to bring an unwavering community vision to its ultimate reality. Today Fort Worth will be safer and stronger.”

Leah King, President of the Tarrant Regional Water District, said the funding announcement addresses Fort Worth’s flood risks that are a result of a rapidly growing population that has tripled in size since the current levee system was built in 1960.

“This funding will update our levee system to reduce the risk of flooding to over 2,400 acres of Fort Worth neighborhoods," King said. "Tarrant Regional Water District is proud to be the Corps local sponsor to get the job done."

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