The Panther Island Project is comprised of five project goals that are a guide for smart, sustainable redevelopment of our city’s core. Once flood protection measures are in place, a once-neglected, industrial section of the Trinity River will have the opportunity to be transformed into a vibrant neighborhood with green spaces and opportunities for living, employment and education.
While previous levee construction has provided a level of flood protection, it left much of the Trinity River with little environmental character. For the last few decades, project partners, The Tarrant Regional Water District and Streams and Valleys, Inc. have taken major steps toward enhancing the river’s ecosystem. This project aims to maintain their restoration improvement efforts.
Due to the historical industrial zoning, numerous environmental problems existed in the project area varying from chemicals and different pollutants including heavy metal contaminants, ground water and petroleum byproducts.
From its inception, the project has been part of a Volunteer Cleanup Program (VCP) through the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This means every part of the ecosystem restoration related to the project is cleaned to residential standards. To date, 18 out of the 27 total properties identified have been cleaned to residential standards. A certificate of completion from TCEQ has been received for each of the 18 parcels.
To date, over 384,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil has been removed as part of the project. In addition to the removing up of contaminated soil, the remediation efforts have also treated and pumped over 44,000,000 gallons of water. The cleanup is vital to get the areas of the project up to residential standards and ready for the digging of the bypass channel.
Cleaning up the area to residential standards is vital to the area that will provide district features meant to enhance quality-of-life public spaces — features like canals, lakes, walking trails, public plazas and other recreational amenities.