BE A LAND STEWARD - Find out how land stewardship through conservation can positively impact the Trinity River


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"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

The Organization

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.  Trinity Waters is proud to be a Waterkeeper Alliance Affiliate, joining an international movement for clean water - fishable, swimmable and drinkable.

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) - Mission Capital Advisors, Managing Director and Middle Trinity Basin landowner
  • Michael Grace - Michael Grace, AICP, Dallas Count, Director of Unincorporated Area Services
  • Ellen Taylor Seldin - Ellen Taylor Seldin, M.D.; Emergency Medicine and Film Producer
  • Mikel Wilkins, P.E. - Urban Ecoplan, Principal 


  • Cynthia Seale,  Interim Executive Director


We’ve had the good fortune of partnering with numerous public and private sector organizations:

  • Ducks Unlimited
  • EPA Region 6
  • Earth Day Texas
  • Groundwork Dallas
  • 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 by Nature
  • Texas Trees Foundation
  • 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
  • Waterkeeper Alliance


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