Village Creek-Lake Arlington Watershed Protection

 
 

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LAKE ARLINGTON NOW ELIGIBLE FOR WATERSHED PROTECTION FUNDING  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently approved the Village Creek – Lake

Arlington Watershed Protection Plan. The plan was created by the Village Creek – Lake

Arlington Watershed Partnership, the City of Arlington and the Trinity River Authority to restore

water quality in Village Creek, and in turn protect Lake Arlington’s water quality.

Joe Gildersleeve, water resource services manager with the City of Arlington, said the plan calls

on communities and private property owners throughout the watershed to help reduce potential

sources of bacteria and other forms of pollution to ensure that the water quality in Lake Arlington

remains safe for drinking water and recreational uses.

 

“These pollutants come from a wide variety of sources, including pet waste, illegal dumping, lawn

residue, agricultural runoff, and waste and sanitary sewer overflows,” Gildersleeve said. He

continued, “This type of pollution, known as non-point source pollution, is difficult to control,

especially since the watershed includes several communities outside of Arlington. I am confident

property owners in the watershed will work with us in the future to protect the water quality in

Lake Arlington.”

 

The 143-square mile Village Creek – Lake Arlington watershed includes portions of Arlington,

Fort Worth, Burleson and several communities in southeast Tarrant and northeast Johnson

counties. Lake Arlington is a drinking water source for more than half a million people, including

residents in Arlington, Bedford, Grapevine, Euless, Colleyville and North Richland Hills.

 

Aaron Hoff, watershed coordinator with TRA, said the plan wouldn’t have been a success without

input from local citizens, business representatives, city/county personnel, local resource agency

staff and many other stakeholders.

 

With the plan approved, local planning partners now have wider access to state and federal

assistance programs that will encourage sustainable development as the watershed continues to

urbanize.

 

Hoff noted that cornerstones of the effort include protection and restoration of the riparian zones

around creeks to act as natural filtration systems, as well as encouraging the use of permeable

materials in the construction of driveways, parking lots and sidewalks.

 

“Replacing asphalt and concrete with permeable construction materials reduces stormwater

runoff, allowing Mother Nature to do most of the cleanup for us by filtering pollutants into the soil

before they can reach our waterways,” Hoff said.

 

View VCLA WPP 

View Official News Release (PDF) 

View Official News Release on City of Arlington's Website

 

Funding for the planning phase of this effort was provided by the Texas Commission on

Envrionmental Quality through a Clean Water Act § 319(h) grant from the U.S. Environmental

Protection Agency, with matching funding from the City of Arlington and in-kind contributions

from TRA. 

 

 

 

 

Lake Arlington Illegal Dumping Survey 

Funding for the planning phase of this effort was provided by the Texas Commission on

Envrionmental Quality through a Clean Water Act § 319(h) grant from the U.S. Environmental

Protection Agency, with matching funding from the City of Arlington and in-kind contributions

from TRA.

 

A preliminary survey of sites around Lake Arlington where illegal dumping activity might occur was

conducted in March of 2018. The results of the survey were mapped spatially with photo

documentation. A public record of these findings is accessible here:

View Story Map (click VCLA logo) 

 

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming meetings and events in the watershed. You can

also check the Meetings page for additonal information from past meetings related to the project.


  

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This cooperative project has been funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection
Agency.