"A good future is implicit in the soils, forests, grasslands, marshes, deserts, mountains, rivers, lakes, and oceans that we have now, and in the good things of human culture that we have now; the only valid "futurology" available to us is to take care of those things." Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays
Trinity Waters is a non-profit, 501c3 organization, originally established in 2000 as a landowner cooperative focused on land stewardship wildlife and habitat protection in the rural areas of the middle Trinity River basin. Today, the organization is expanding its reach and services where needed, throughout the entire Trinity River Basin - from the headwaters in North Texas to its terminus south of Lake Livingston at Trinity Bay.
Our mission - Trinity Waters, through cooperative conservation programs, riparian ecosystem recovery, education, and public awareness and outreach, strives to restore, enhance and preserve the environmental, economic and recreational qualities of the Trinity River Basin to the benefit of the Texas people, lands and wildlife for which it serves.
Our vision for Trinity Waters is to be ALL THINGS TRINITY - the voice and frontline advocate for the Trinity River, filling the gaps and bridging the efforts of numerous organizations focused on various areas of the basin to cultivate a unified coalition and integrated approach to restoring the river and protecting the watershed. We will identify the overlooked and critically impaired areas to ensure a whole systems, whole watershed approach to ecosystem recovery. We envision the Trinity River, its tributaries and watershed, as a clean, healthy and thriving riparian waterway and habitat for the benefit and enjoyment of all.
Board of Directors
- Daniel O’Donnell (Secretary) - HFF, Managing Director, Dallas; and Middle Trinity Basin landowner
- Jim Bradbury - James D. Bradbury, PLLC, Law Firm, Fort Worth and Austin
- Michael Grace - Michael Grace, AICP, Metro Development Consulting
- Ellen Taylor Seldin - Ellen Taylor Seldin, M.D.; Emergency Medicine and Film Producer
- Dr. Allan Jones (Ad hoc) - Texas A&M Spatial Sciences Center
- Janette Monear (Ad hoc) - President and CEO, Texas Trees Foundation
- Kenneth Cook (Outgoing Chairman WaterCentric, LLC, CEO, and Middle Trinity Basin landowner
- Cynthia Cook, President & Executive Director
- Larry Mallery, Interim CFO
We’ve had the good fortune of partnering with numerous public and private sector organizations.
- Ducks Unlimited
- EPA Region 6
- Earth Day Texas
- Institute of Renewable Natural Resources
- Houston Wilderness
- Natural Resource Conservation Service%EF%9C%AB
- North Texas Commission
- Texas A&M AgriLife Research
- North Texas Council of Governments
- Texas A&M Spatial Sciences Laboratory
- Texas Trees
- Texas Commission Environmental Quality
- Texas Wildlife Association
- Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
- Trust for Public Land
- Texas State Soil & Conservation Board
- U.S. Water Alliance
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Trinity Waters is a member of US Water Alliance and we partner with Texas Trees Foundation.