2014 TFMA Higher Standards Survey
The Texas Floodplain Management Association (TFMA) has conducted an annual Higher Standards Survey (often referred to as the Freeboard Survey) since 2004. The purpose of this survey is to document community efforts to adopt higher standards than the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) minimum requirements and to share this information with other cities and counties in Texas.
FNI Water™: Water Stewardship for the 21st Century
Water is essential for human life and necessary for economic development and growth. As population grows and water resources become scarcer, it has never been more important to develop and maintain a safe, dependable water supply, which is why Freese and Nichols is proud to announce FNI Water™, an initiative to provide a comprehensive, environmentally-responsible approach to water supply projects by implementing best practices through every step of a water supply project, from planning to operations.
CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS in Texas and the United States
Most farmers downstream of Austin will have to make do without Highland Lakes water in 2014. This cutoff is a result of the TCEQ’s decision to grant the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) emergency drought relief. Read the full TCEQ news release here. Additionally, as of March 1, all of LCRA’s other customers will be required to limit lawn watering to no more than once per week. The current combined storage of the lakes is about 760,387 acre-feet, or about 38% of capacity.
Texas and United States DROUGHT OUTLOOK
On March 6, 2014, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society released an update of El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) conditions. The consensus forecast indicates that ENSO-neutral conditions will prevail through spring 2014. However, there is now a 50 percent chance of the development of El Niño during the summer or fall. This will likely mean average rainfall through summer 2014. If El Niño does develop, increased rainfall across the southern tier of the United States is possible.