Environmental Protection

KERA Explores Trinity River's Impact on North Texas

PBS television and radio station KERA has completed a "Living with the Trinity" multimedia project that explores the history of North Texans’ relationship with the river. As part of that effort, the station has launched a Trinity River Web site and will air a television documentary in the fall.

At the Web site, visitors can explore the geography, ecology, and cultural history of the Trinity River through interactive maps, videos, and photographs. They can also share personal memories and observations about the Trinity and current plans to redevelop it. Explore offers a map-based history of Dallas’ attempts to manage the river’s tendency to flood and looks at the challenges of managing pollution in the river. Visualize shows visitors the Trinity River system as a whole and offers an interactive way to experience the vast network of creeks and forks that feed the river in North Texas. Voices features a collection of short interviews with people who offer their memories and observations about the river. Visitors can share their memories and opinions and contribute photographs and videos in the Share/Community section of the site. Additional story-based content as well as classroom-orientated educational materials will be added throughout the year.

A series of radio reports that aired May 12-15 are available as podcasts at www.kera.org and at www.TrinityRiverTexas.org.

The multimedia project was made possible through a leadership grant from The Meadows Foundation with additional support provided by the Dixon Water Foundation.

KERA is a not-for-profit public broadcasting organization that serves the people of North Texas. The station broadcasts to the fifth largest market in the United States.

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