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Living with the Trinity: A River’s Story

Posted by youngsierrans on May 14, 2009


This week KERA launched the multimedia project Living with the Trinity that explores the history North Texans’ relationship with the Trinity River. Visitors to the website can explore the geography, ecology and cultural history of the Trinity River through interactive maps, videos and photographs. In addition to a series of radio reports which airs May 12-15 on KERA-FM (transcripts & podcasts are available), a television documentary is planned to air in the fall of 2009.

April 2010 Update (From Meg Fullwood @ KERA)

In connection with the 40th anniversary of the nation’s first Earth Day celebration in April of 1970, a documentary about an important environmental battle in Texas will be broadcast on Texas public television stations statewide. KERA-TV’s Living with the Trinity explores the conflict that developed in the early 1970s over plans to transform the entire length of the Trinity River into a barge canal linking Dallas and Fort Worth to the Gulf of Mexico. The controversy placed Texas in the national spotlight and spawned a lawsuit against a proposed dam at the mouth of the river near Houston that signaled a new era in environmental politics. The fate of the Trinity River was ultimately decided by a vote.

Living with the Trinity explores this fascinating chapter in the river’s political history. The one-hour program airs on public television stations statewide in April and May. Please check local listings. Living with the Trinity airs Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. on KERA-TV and rebroadcasts Wednesday, April 21 at 10:00 p.m.  Additionally, KERA will update its ongoing radio series Banking on the Trinity. The reports will air Tuesday, April 13 to Thursday, April 15 during Morning Edition and All Things Considered on KERA-FM.

Living with the Trinity is featured on a related Web site at

November 2009 Update
The four-part radio series Banking on the River airs November 17-20 on KERA-FM.  A one-hour television documentary, Living with the Trinity, premieres at 9:00 p.m. Monday, November 23 on KERA-TV. The documentary focuses on the period from 1965 to 1973 when the Trinity River was nearly transformed into a barge canal. The television program and radio reports will be posted on the website after broadcast.

From the site: The intent of Living with the Trinity is to make the Trinity River visible again, to restore the river to its rightful place in the consciousness of those who depend upon it.  In doing so, we seek to connect a knowledge of our historical relationship to the Trinity to the way we live our lives today.  It is our hope that this knowledge will enable all of us to make better choices regarding our future relationship to the river and to the environment through which it flows.


One Response to “Living with the Trinity: A River’s Story”

  1. Ruth Ann King said

    Please remember Mountain Creek Lake which flows into the Trinity. It’s contaminated by chemicals dumped in the lake by the US Navy. The Navy is legally responsible to clean up our lake, but hasn’t. Certainly, a lake clean up project would bring money, jobs, a healthier environment and beauty to South Dallas/Oak CLiff. Would any group like to champion this cause?

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