Freese and Nichols Transmission and Utilities Engineers – Arming Communities Against Continuing Drought
As part of our efforts to convey the focus of our FNI Water™ initiative, we will address each of the key areas in a series of articles. We will discuss how, together, they provide a comprehensive, environmentally-responsible approach to water supply projects through implementation of best practices through every step, from planning to operations. This week, we are highlighting transmission and utilities.
CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS in Texas and the United States
According to the United States Drought Monitor map for April 15, 2014, 82 percent of Texas is in some level of drought. Approximately 66 percent of Texas is in “Severe” or worse drought conditions, and 29 percent of Texas is in “Extreme” or “Exceptional Drought.” See more here or the first recommended link below.
Texas and United States DROUGHT OUTLOOK
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook map for April 17 through July 31, 2014 shows drought to persist or intensify in most of the southwestern United States. In Texas, drought is expected to develop, persist or intensify throughout parts of West Texas and the Panhandle. In the eastern and southern portions of the state, drought improvement or removal is likely. To view the NOAA U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook map, click here.
Tilley Bridge Wins Third National Award
The Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge has received a Prize Bridge Award in the Special Purpose Category from the National Steel Bridge Alliance. The awards, which were presented March 27 at the World Steel Bridge Symposium in Toronto, honor steel bridges for innovation, aesthetics, design and engineering solutions.