City of Arlington Recognized for Efforts to Raise Public Awareness with Practical Creek Care Guide
By Nina Sherer, Public Works and Transportation
Posted on June 18, 2021, June 18, 2021

Rush Creek

The City of Arlington was recently recognized for its efforts to raise public awareness in development excellence. The City’s handbook on practical creek care received one of nine North Central Texas Council of Governments’ (NCTCOG) Celebrating Leadership In Development Excellence (CLIDE) Awards.

The handbook, which was developed by the City’s Environmental Management staff, aims to help residents and businesses in Arlington understand how creeks and watersheds function, how various factors influence water quality, and what residents and businesses can do to practice good stream stewardship.

This year marks the third time the city’s efforts to increase public awareness have been recognized with a CLIDE Award. The city was previously recognized in 2011 and 2013 for its Citizen’s Guide to Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Sink or Swim! A Flood Comic Book, respectively.

The CLIDE Awards were created in 2003 to encourage innovative development projects and practices that will help accommodate the region’s expected growth and ensure a sustainable North Texas for future generations. To be eligible to consideration, project must demonstrate application of the principles of development excellence in one of the following five categories:

• New Development
• Redevelopment
• Special Development
• Raising Public Awareness
• Public Policy and Planning

A distinguished panel of jurors composed of nationally respected professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, and development selected the nine CLIDE Award recipients. Submissions must have a unanimous vote from the jury to receive a CLIDE Award. This year, NCTCOG received 26 applications from its 16 participating counties.

Residents and business owners interested in learning more about how to care for the city’s creeks and watersheds can view the handbook online. Hardcopies of the handbook will be available at City libraries later this summer.

Click here to learn about the City’s Environmental Management division’s work to protect and improve the health and quality of local creeks, streams and lakes.

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