Voices on the Water

Voices on the Water is a project undertaken by the Trinity River Authority of Texas to capture the stories and legacies of some of its longest-serving employees. This project aims to preserve the history of the Authority while capturing irreplaceable knowledge and wisdom and honoring the legacy of men and women who have been instrumental in the Authority over the decades. TRA partnered with Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, to capture the first 12 employee interviews and get the project underway.

These employees stand out as models of perseverance, loyalty, and passion for their roles in the water and wastewater industry. The stories they have, the wisdom they've gained, and the industry advancements they've accomplished should be appreciated and made available for future research. What they have is valuable, and through this oral history project, the authority can honor their history and share their legacy.

Sims 2019 Jim Sims
Hear Jim's story and unique perspective from his amazing 50 years of experience in Trinity River Authority's Southern Region around Livingston. He was hired May 21, 1973 and retired Sept. 8, 2023. 

54 min.
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bill_tatum_headshot_sm Bill Tatum
Hear Bill's personal story and wisdom from his more than 50 years of experience at TRA, including 39 years of experience as project manager of CRWS. Bill was hired June of 1972 and was tragically taken from us on Sept. 14, 2023, just five months after this interview was recorded. 

29 min.

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bill_holder_headshot_sm Bill Holder
Hear Bill's take on the water industry and his story after working 44 years in Trinity River Authority's Southern Region. He was hired February of 1980 and retired Feb. 9, 2024.

41 min.

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mike_young_headshot_500x750 Mike Young

Hear Mike’s incredible experience working at TRA’s Central Regional Wastewater System for 47 ½ years, moving from Operator Helper to Senior Manager of System Operation and Maintenance in that time. He was hired Aug. 18, 1976 and retired Feb. 29, 2024.

56 min.

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cathy_sieger_headshot_500x750 Cathy Sieger

Hear from Cathy about her 45 years working at TRA in an industry that has historically included very few women, but is gradually changing. She started as a lab technician at CRWS and worked her way to being Quality Assurance & Security Coordinator for CRWS and TRA's northern region. Cathy was hired Aug. 17, 1978 and retires Apr. 1, 2024.

50 min.

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Interviews coming soon:

  • Carol Claybrook
  • David Holquin
  • Dewayne Coburn
  • Edmund Mach
  • Keith Bass
  • Sid McCain
  • Steve Price
  • Warren Brewer