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Service - Tradition - Change: A History of the Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 1975-1999

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This is the second publication to highlight the history of the Fort Worth District. The first, Rivers, Rockets and Readiness Army Engineers in the Sunbelt, by Dr. Clayton Brown, lends some insight into the first 25 years of the Districts proud past. Col. John Wall, in the foreword, praised district employees who had so diligently served the citizens of Texas and the Southwest during that period. It is my pleasure, as the current district engineer, to introduce this update of the Fort Worth Districts history from 1975 to 1999. While this book highlights our trends, challenges and accomplishments during this period, I must, like John Wall, recognize the accomplishments of those who have gone before us and challenge those of us currently carrying the torch to continue the districts impressive track record of service to the region and the nation. Established following the great flood of 1949, the Fort Worth District had as its primary focus flood control and the construction of large dams. The districts role in the development of water resources began to change in the 1970s, when we moved to more nonstructural projects. In 1991, as the districts last major dam was completed, we were working on smaller community-based flood control problems. In the past 50 years, we have witnessed the tremendous growth of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the largest inland metropolitan region in the nation, and other urban centers in Texas, which has placed increasing demands on water supply and recreational facilities. In response to the nationwide environmental movement in the 1960s and 1970s, the district also became more involved in managing watersheds and restoring wetlands. The Reagan Administrations support of the military in the 19808 resulted in increased military work for the Fort Worth District, with the construction of some highly sophisticated projects in the technical arena.

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  • Humanities and History
  • Civil Engineering
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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