TRA has started a staff and career development academy and mentoring program.  A guided interaction 
of setting realistic short-term or mid-term professional goals and learning to identify ways of achieving 
them Includes developing abilities to present your “brand”— your experience, personal attributes, 
values, strengths and skills.  Mentoring provides opportunities to build the potential of employees and 
foster professional relationships to collaborate and share insights to support the mentee’s career 
TRA also supports a culture of managing and recovering valuable resources rather than one of the 
disposal of waste. 

Realizing that water is a finite commodity, over 35 years ago TRA, working with the Dallas County Utility 
Reclamation District, created the first large scale reuse project in Texas. The recycled water from CRWS 
is piped to the Las Colinas canals to improve outdoor amenities for irrigation. One benefit to consistently 
producing high quality effluent is that the final product is completely suitable for reuse.  

TRA can be lauded for its treatment of valuable resources. In 2013, TRA celebrated the momentous 
achievement at CRWS by treating ONE TRILLION GALLONS during a 21-year period without any permit 
violations. It was noted to be the first sanitary sewer system to have achieved such a major milestone. 
This legacy of stewardship is carried through the organization’s efforts. 
In the 18,000 square mile Trinity River basin, watershed stewardship is no longer a luxury. Because of 
the location of the DFW metropolitan area with nearly 7 million people in the upper portion of the 
basin, there is a very close connection between water quality, ecology, and water supplies.  This 
triumvirate forms a closed loop as water moves towards the Gulf of Mexico, providing water supplies for 
half the population of Texas. TRA has taken a regional leadership role in these efforts and has a number 
of programs aimed at understanding and managing these relationships.  These activities include 
implementation of the Clean Rivers Program with a focus on comprehensive water quality; partnering 
with state agencies to implement studies to help assure protection of healthy river and bay systems; 
investigating the impact of invasive species on water supplies and native aquatic species; implementing 
scientific investigations to understand the source, fate, transport and impact of various water quality 
constituents, including legacy pollutants, pharmaceuticals, and nutrients; and developing a watershed 
protection plan to help implement the Lake Arlington Master Plan to protect the water supply of over 
half-a-million people. 

While TRA recognizes that each of these are important initiatives, they are paramount to our ability to 
continue to provide sufficient water for future generations of Texans struggling to balance water supply 
needs and ecology in a future of uncertain climate and hydrology.  

Additionally, TRA spearheads a forward-looking collaboration called the Upper Trinity Basin Water 
Quality Compact. This group of effluent dischargers to the Trinity River is committed to collaborating 
with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to implement reasonable science-supported 
wastewater discharge permits. This effort has created a system of basin-wide permitting. Moreover, its 
efforts help the Trinity River grow larger every year because of increased return flows. In low-flow 
conditions, water in the river is almost entirely wastewater effluent.