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Less than one tank away from Dallas, the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center in Seagoville offers the sound of birds and the wind.

Out on the Boardwalk Newsletter Archives:
Spring 2014.pdf

Winter 2013/14.pdf
Fall 2013.pdf

Press Releases:

Texas Wildlife - August 2011
John Bunker Sands Wetland Center is featured this month. Article by Lorie Woodward Cantu
Texas Wildlife August 2011.pdf

NTMWD receives 2011 Environment Excellence Award.
The North Texas Municipal Water District was a winner at the 2011 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards held April 28, 2011.

Wetland Adventure Summer Camp Coming Near You!
Join in the fun Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1, 2011. Ages 10-12 years. $175 per child.
Wetland Adventure Summer Camp - pdf

Earth Day Dallas 2011
The John Bunker Sands Wetland Center was pleased to be part of the First Annual Earth Day Dallas held April 22-23, 2011.
Earth Day 2011- pdf

Mud Bug Festival & 5K Run/Walk
The first annual Mud Bug Festival and 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, May 7, 2011.
Mud Bug Press Release - pdf

Spring Break Holiday
The Center will be open Tuesday, March 15th - Friday March 18th, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Free Admission. Download pdf for more information.
Wildlife & Spring Break - The Perfect Combination - pdf

Community Awareness Day
was held Saturday, October 9, 2010
Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers!

Wetland Project Benefits Not Only The Wildlife
by: Luke Clayton

Wetland Project Benefits Not Only The Wildlife.pdf

WateReuse Association Presents Annual Awards

On September 8, 2008, the WateReuse Association presented its annual awards at the 23rd Annual Symposium in Dallas.

WateReuse Projects of the Year -- Large
North Texas Municipal Water District

Representing the largest project in Texas using reclaimed water to augment a surface water supply source, the East Fork Raw Water Supply Project will provide the district with more than 102,000 acre-feet of water per year – enough water to serve a half million people. When completed, this project will divert an average of 91 million gallons per day (mgd) of effluent-dominated water from the East Fork of the Trinity River and polish the water in one of the largest constructed wetlands in the country (1,840 acres). After passage through the wetland, the water will be pumped through an 84-inch pipeline 43 miles north of the project site to Lavon Lake for storage, blending, and water supply use.

The project includes a 165-mgd peak capacity diversion pump station, 165-mgd peak capacity conveyance pump station, electrical substation to provide power for the conveyance pump station; and a Nature Center to provide educational opportunities.

Work first began on the $31-million constructed wetland in 2004 with the design and construction of the first of two nursery wetlands. The initial nursery, 20-acres in size, was used to provide plant stock of selected emergent wetland species for a 200-acre second phase nursery. The 200-acre nursery, completed in early 2006, is being used to provide more than 1.6 million plants for the full-scale wetland.

Project managers had to maximize the wetland treatment area within a confined footprint, coordinate multiple regulatory permitting, and design for high diversion rates while maintaining optimal water levels in the wetland.

WateReuse Award of Merit
Alan Plummer, Alan Plummer Associates (Fort Worth, Texas)

With a visionary spirit and a personal commitment to environmental stewardship, Alan Plummer has played a key role in the promotion, support, and implementation of water reuse in Texas.

Plummer's success can be attributed to his ability to allay the political, financial, and public perception issues related to water reuse.

In about 1980, Alan worked on the largest water reuse project at the time for the Dallas County Utility and Reclamation District. This supply system, still in operation, supplies up to 16-mgd of reclaimed water from the Trinity River Authority's Central Regional Wastewater System to irrigate golf courses and landscaped areas as well as maintain water levels in more than 30 canals and lakes. This project has supplied over 20 billion gallons of reclaimed water since inception.

Plummer also assisted the Tarrant Regional Water District and the North Texas Municipal Water District with two of the largest indirect reuse projects in the United States. These projects divert water from the Trinity River, which, during dry periods, consists primarily of wastewater effluent from Dallas-Fort Worth. The projects use constructed wetland systems for polishing treatment prior to supply reservoir delivery. These projects, once complete, will provide more than 250-mgd of additional supply to Dallas-Fort Worth.

Plummer has served on numerous state and national water reuse committees and is nationally recognized as a passionate advocate of water reuse's importance to the future of water supply. His leadership and vision have been instrumental in advancing awareness and development of water reuse and deserve recognition.

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