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Two Projects Receive ENR Honors

Two Freese and Nichols projects have been named to ENR Texas & Louisiana's 2016 Best Projects. The Center for Excellence in Energy Technology at Tarrant County College was named the region's Top Green Project, and Moody Bridge on the University of...

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HEC-RAS Version 5.0.2 Released

The USACE has released a new version of HEC-RAS that supersedes Version 5.0.1, and it includes several new features in RAS Mapper, culvert input/ outlet control, and lateral structures connecting to 2-D flow areas. HEC-RAS 5.0.2 can be downloaded from the link below. Be sure to check out the "What's New" section for a more comprehensive list and description of what has been updated since Version 5.0.1. 


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Local Park Grant Program Applications Due Oct. 1

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is offering five programs, together forming the Local Park Grant Program, to assist local units of government (cities, counties, river authorities, municipal utility districts and other special districts) with the acquisition and/or development of public recreation areas and facilities. The Program provides 50 percent matching grants on a reimbursement basis to eligible applicants.

Applications are due October 1 and can be...

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New 2016 TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit TXR050000

The Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) TXR050000 regulates the discharge of stormwater runoff associated with industrial activities. The new 2016 MSGP for industrial facilities has been issued with an effective date of August 14, 2016.

Does this apply to you?

If you are a regulated industrial sector and you discharge stormwater associated with industrial activity into stormwater conveyances (e.g., gutters, streets, ditches) or into surface water in the state (e.g., streams, ponds, lakes, wetlands...

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While ongoing drought conditions fuel wildfires in the West, Louisiana faced deadly floods that eliminated dry conditions in almost the entire state. Much of Texas also saw significant improvements.

U.S. Drought Monitor map

Texas saw a decrease in overall drought conditions of about 15 percent. Only about 30 percent of the state is impacted now. ...

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ENSO-neutral conditions prevailed last month but La Niña development is heavily favored in August. By fall and winter 2016, there is still a 55 to 60 percent chance of La Niña. Read more

In the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook map’s latest update covering August through November 2016, drought was predicted to persist in California and other parts of the West, with about half of New Mexico being a notable...

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Diviney Presents to Future Engineers

Earlier this year, Rebecca Diviney, Transmission and Utilities, Denton, was a guest speaker at the Women 4 Science Technology Engineering and Math (W4STEM) summer camp held at Texas Women's University. The camp accepts 20 sixth- and seventh-grade female students currently residing in the Aubrey, Krum and Pilot Point school districts. Campers learn about forensic science, 3D printing and algebra. 

"I spoke to the young ladies about being a female engineer. It...

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Blake and Flanagan Present At Perot Meseum

Allison Blake and Erin Flanagan, Water and Wastewater Treatment, Dallas, presented at the Perot Museum's Kosmos Energy STEM Teacher Institute in June and July. The program, attended by K-12th-grade science teachers from North Texas, is designed to improve the quality of science instruction and increase student interest and engagement in STEM subjects.

This year’s program focused on chemistry. Allison and Erin discussed how they became engineers, working at Freese and Nichols, and how chemistry relates to their jobs and...

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