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A wide-ranging radio forum provided another opportunity to answer questions ab out Corpus Christi ’s seawater desalination project designed to develop a crucial new water source for the City .

The radio discussion, which can be heard at the KEDT-FM website , is among multiple platforms the City is using to...

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Freese and Nichols Surge Manager Rebecca Peters, PE , was featured as “Industry Person of the Week” by Empowering Pumps & Equipment , an information hub that connects those involved in industries working with pumps and related equipment, including water/wastewater, oil & gas and utilities.

Rebecca shared expertise from her surge modeling specialty within our Transmission and Utilities team in Southeast Texas. She also offered perspectives on the value of...

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In a year of unexpected changes, cancelations and general uncertainty, Freese and Nichols' 2020 summer interns (along with their groups!) adapted to the changes and created a memorable program.

Erin Ingram from the Fort Worth office said: “I knew so many people who lost their summer internships when COVID started up. … I was happy to find out that my group still wanted me on board! I felt super welcomed, and I was very...

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Drought conditions continued across multiple regions of the United States this week. The nationwide Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) remained at 133, as the total percent coverage of abnormal dryness (D0), moderate (D1), severe (D2), extreme (D3), and severe (D4) drought conditions changed by less than 1 percent on U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) scale. Over this past week, dozens of dangerous wildfires continued to burn across the western U.S., with the...

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TagsCurrent Drought Conditions, Drought Index, Drought Maps, Drought Monitor, Drought Response, Drought Restrictions, Groundwater, Historical Data, reservoir levels, streamflow,

The September 2020 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) update indicated that overall, the coupled ocean-atmosphere system was consistent with La Niña conditions in August 2020. La Niña conditions are present and predicted to likely continue through the winter in the Northern Hemisphere (~75% chance). To read more, click here .

The NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) three-month outlook (from September through December) is forecasting above-normal...

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Congratulations to Stephanie Buckingham, Organizational Development Specialist in Freese and Nichols’ Fort Worth office, for receiving our Robert L. Nichols Professional Service Award for her commitment to professional development.

Stephanie is an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) where she serves on the Program Advisory Committee for the past three years. Her duties involve reviewing and providing feedback for over 200 abstracts for the ATD’s International Conference. She...

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Has the phrase “wash your hands” ever carried more significance than it has this year? Despite all the attention, we still need to remind people that water for handwashing, drinking, agriculture and industry doesn’t just show up. It requires an intricate system of pipes, pump stations, treatment plants, storage facilities and other infrastructure, along with people to keep it all operating.

An important new report makes the case that the U.S. isn’t...

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As hurricane season is upon us, our partners throughout the country in the floodplain management sector are exploring ways to increase resiliency. As with many issues in public works, funding is the most substantial challenge to transforming communities. However, traditional municipal bonds don’t have to be the only source of funding for resiliency projects. FEMA recently announced the availability of two new nationwide pre-disaster hazard mitigation grant opportunities that could fund your project. Below is...

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