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Trinity River Reduced To Trickle For Toll Road Construction

By Joel Thomas CBS 11 News | CBSDFW.COM
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FORT WORTH, Texas (CBS 11 NEWS) – It’s a startling sight for visitors to Fort Worth’s Trinity Park. The Trinity River is all but gone. Long legged birds prowled the shallow remnants of water surrounded by muddy banks which are normally underwater.

“I was shocked,” said Billy Morgan who had come to the park to fish. “Its shocking. And its sad.”

Morgan normally has a lot more water than this to cast his lure into. He was standing on a rock foot bridge which normally has water lapping over it. The water level today was several feet below that.

“Last week the water was fine and I cast from both sides and I caught some nice bass right here,” Morgan said.

Where people used to splash through flowing water the river is now at a trickle.

The cause of the dry up is a few hundred yards up river.

The North Texas Tollway Authority is building on-ramps over the river for the Chisolm Trail Parkway. They temporarily stopped the flow of water in this one stretch of river so workers can remove an embankment.

The NTTA says they’ve taken all the necessary steps to protect wildlife.

“We worked through all the environmental agencies to ensure all the fish and mussels were properly transferred,” said NTTA spokesman Michael Rey. “Everything has gone well. This is a temporary process and you’ll see everything return to normal.

Morgan says he’s anxious for the water to flow again and he hopes mother nature helps it along when it does.

“They have to have that tollway,” Morgan said. “Maybe one day it’ll actually rain, y’know? And the river will come back and I can go back to catching fish.”

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