JD Granger, head of Panther Island project, steps down

JD Granger, the man who has been at the helm of many of Fort Worth’s efforts to become a more river-focused city, announced Friday he is stepping down.

JD Granger, son of U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, has been the executive director of the Trinity River Vision Authority for the past 16 years and the head of the Panther Island project. JD Granger is moving on to create a consulting company called JD Granger Group LLC, according to a statement he posted on his Facebook page, screenshots of which were shared with the Star-Telegram.

Dan Buhman, general manager of the Tarrant Regional Water District, said in an emailed statement that Granger’s work with the TRWD “has forever changed the perception of our river.”

“We are grateful for JD’s passion and numerous contributions toward creating a new vision on the Trinity River. During his 16 years at TRWD, he worked tirelessly on the Central City/Panther Island flood control project to assure the Trinity River was a clean, inviting place to live, work and play,” Buhman said in the statement.

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J.D. Granger in 2014 as construction began on bridges for the Panther Island project. Max Faulkner Star-Telegram

Buhman told the Star-Telegram the water district will have a better idea early next week of what comes next with Granger’s announcement.

Granger did not immediately return a call from the Star-Telegram seeking comment.

This story was originally published April 22, 2022 7:20 PM.

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James Hartley is a breaking news journalist at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He’s a North Texas native who joined the Star-Telegram team during a 2019 internship and just didn’t leave. He’s passionate about true stories and loves understated movies, good tea and scotch that’s out of his budget.

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