JD Granger is exiting his role in the Central City Flood/Panther Island project. Upon his exit, Granger announced a consulting company, JD Granger LLC. 

In an April 22 post on his personal Facebook page, Granger announced his departure partially chronicling his decades with the water district and announced his plans to stay in Fort Worth where he will help “the water district as it transitions into its next chapter.” 

“I do not plan to leave Fort Worth because there is still much to be done here. However, I am looking forward to assisting more projects and campaigns both local and nationwide. The more challenging, the better. As my team hated hearing me say, ‘Anything worthwhile is never easy.’ But, I am up for the challenge.” 

His role within the project has been controversial. Granger, the son of U.S. Rep Kay Granger, was brought on to head the project soon after it began decades ago. He was ousted from his role as executive director in 2019. He never received another formal title.

“Having secured over $400 million in federal funds for the project and completed the first section of our new Riverwalk, I feel I have met my commitments to myself and our community. The project is now on a path to success,” Granger said in the post. 

The project recently received federal funding for the next phase of billion-dollar project — digging a bypass channel to  reroute a portion of the Trinity 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. His work has forever changed the perception of our river,” Dan Buhman, Tarrant Regional Water District general manager, said in a statement.

Rachel Behrndt is a government accountability reporter for the Fort Worth Report. Contact her at rachel.behrndt@fortworthreport.org or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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