USACE receives 2017 John Ivey Higher Standards Award

Published June 6, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas – The U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Southwest Division was awarded Texas Floodplain Managers Association’s 2017 John Ivey Higher Standards Award May 3 by the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The award recognizes the Division’s successful long term cooperative efforts to address flood damage reduction, recreation, and environmental quality.  

The Trinity River Common Vision program is a partnership that dates back to the mid-1980’s. The program had a main goal of stabilizing flood risk along the Trinity River Corridor, while allowing development to continue without reducing flood storage capacity.  

Jerry L. Cotter, chief, Water Resource Management is responsible for ensuring continued partnership and support of the NCTCOG. Cotter is recognized as the Corps representative for the Trinity River Common Vision Steering committee and the Flood Management Task Force member.  

“Our staff that supports the NCTCOG performs at an extremely high level and are a factor in the success of the NCTCOG. More importantly their initiative to reduce flooding, reduce the impact of development on flooding and the environment. This award is well deserved on the part of these staff members,” said Cotter.   

Members of the program include the cities of Arlington, Carrolton, Coppell, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Irving, Lewisville; the counties of Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant; The Tarrant Regional Water District, Trinity River Authority, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 6, Texas Water Development Board, The North Central Texas Council of Governments, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  

“The NCTOG leadership and USACE participation have made this a very robust program which is growing. The program sets an example for the 200+ local governments to look to collaborate regionally to develop more effective storm water and environmental programs,” said Cotter. 

The Division will be formally recognized Sept. 14 at 9:30 a.m. during the NCTCOG annual steering committee meeting. 


About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico.  Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: and SWF Facebook at:

Jesus Floriano
819 Taylor St., Fort Worth, TX

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