Our People

The Trinity River Authority provides essential and exceptional water and wastewater-related services to our customers with the help of talented and dedicated staff members. TRA employs more than 400 people who are critical to the operation of the organization’s facilities. The varied disciplines range from administration, biology, chemistry, construction, engineering, environmental science, electrical operations, finance, information technology maintenance, management, purchasing and warehousing, among others. Recruiting and fostering talent is a priority of the organization's strategic plan.

TRA Recognized for Its Commitment to Education and Innovation

2023_UTA_COE_banquet_1531skin - CopyThe University of Texas at Arlington awarded the Trinity River Authority with the Star Partner Award for a public company. The award recognizes invaluable collaborations that advance innovation and student success and create strong communities.
TRA is currently partnering with the university for engineering services related to the Ten Mile Creek Interceptor System. Under guidance from UTA leaders, engineering students are conducting a wastewater pipeline assessment of 34 miles of TMCIS to identify critical areas that need to be repaired or replaced. The students also design and built the technology used in the assessment.
Jeremy Agor, a spokesperson for the UTA College of Engineering, said partnerships such as this are crucial for the industry.
“Engineering is naturally focused on changing the world for the better,” noted Agor. “UTA values the ability to work with local partners such as TRA to conduct research that will lead to more efficient and reliable systems to provide water to our communities and treat wastewater in ways that ensure our watershed is safe for years to come. The fact that TRA is local is especially important to us because we are helping the communities we live in.”

Pictured above (left to right): Dr. Peter Crouch, dean of the College of Engineering; Glenn Clingenpeel, TRA's Technical Services and Basin Planning executive manager; Dr. Jennifer Cowley, UTA president.

TRA wastewater facilities earn Peak Performance Awards

2020 NACWA Awards - Copy (4)Congratulations to our award-winning wastewater treatment plants for continuously being awarded platinum Peak Performance Awards. The awards are presented by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Compliance. 

TRA Earns Safety Awards

2021 occupational excellence achievement awards (1)

Eighteen staff groups and projects earned the 2021 Occupational Excellence Achievement Award. Presented by the National Safety Council, the award recognizes organizations with injury and illness records better than or equal to 50% of the industry as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for their NAICS code. The following departments and projects received awards: Central Regional Wastewater System; Collection System Group; Denton Creek Regional Wastewater System; General Office; Huntsville Regional Water Supply System; Information Technology; Lake Livingston Project; Livingston Recreational Facility; Livingston Regional Water Supply System; Mountain Creek Regional Wastewater System; Planning, Design & Construction Administration; Red Oak Creek Regional Wastewater System; Southern Region Support Services; Tarrant County Water Supply Project; Technical Services & Basin Planning; Ten Mile Creek Regional Wastewater System; Trinity County Regional Water Supply System; Water Sales.

Oradat Named 2022 MVP

Oradat MVP awardCongratulations to Gary N. Oradat, P.E., TRA’s Executive Manager, Planning, Design and Construction Administration; he was named the 2022 Underground Construction Technology Association’s Most Valuable Professional. Oradat was recognized with the MVP award at a special luncheon and awards ceremony. The award, presented annually, recognizes individuals whose selfless contributions pave the way for advancement of the underground infrastructure industry.

Oradat has more than 45 years of progressive engineering, supervisory/managerial, and administrative/executive experience involving the various aspects of municipal planning, operations, design, construction and management in the areas of water/wastewater transportation and treatment, stormwater drainage and raw water transmission.

TRA's Southern Region delivers gift bags

TRA Gives backJust in time to spread some holiday cheer, TRA’s southern region water supply systems’ and office staff members delivered 60 goodie bags to the Trinity Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Trinity, Texas. Each resident at the facility received a festive holiday bag filled with blankets, socks, candy, crossword puzzles and crackers. This donation is part of southern region’s annual effort to give back to the community.


National Intern Day

National Intern Day!July 29, 2021 was National Intern Day. To celebrate, we highlighted our talented and hardworking interns all month. Click the image to meet some of TRA’s rising stars. We are thankful for their insight and desire to learn!

Professional Engineers Day

PE Day video image - click to watchAug. 4 marked the sixth annual Professional Engineers Day! Thank you to all of our professional engineers for the work they do every day to help ensure communities in the Trinity River basin receive reliable water and wastewater treatment services.

Wastewater facilities earn Peak Performance Awards

2020 NACWA AwardsCongratulations to our award-winning wastewater plants for earning platinum Peak Performance Awards. The awards are presented by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Compliance.

Excellence in Financial Reporting

GFOA logoCongratulations to our finance department for earning the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2019 comprehensive annual financial report; it was awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada . The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment.