Among the Trinity Topics Before the Council, Pulling 2,800 Trees Out of Levees
Which, sure, is but one issue among many: $29 million in additional study costs, months-long delays predicated upon everyone doing everything right at the same time and the threat of FEMA floodplain map's showing "no flood protection by levees" if the unacceptable isn't made acceptable by January 2011. But the issue of removing nearly 3,000 trees? "I don't remember hearing that before," says council member Angela Hunt, who counts that issue among "some of my questions today."
Steve Houser, chair of the Dallas Urban Forest Advisory Committee, tells Unfair Park this morning that his committee was aware "some trees would be removed" for floodwater conveyance, "and that it would be quite a few." But he wasn't aware of the exact number till I read the briefing to him. He didn't think it would be so high.
"It requires further investigation," he says. "Are these small trees, or are they 40-, 50-inch trees? Since it's a conceptual plan, I assume we'll hear more about it, and we do have a liaison to the Trinity River Corridor Project, but I need to do further investigation on size and location."