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Freese and Nichols designed a money-saving system for the City of Duncanville to use water from Waterview Park (above) to irrigate sports fields at Harrington Park (below).

More than a decade ago, the City of Duncanville wanted to cut spending on irrigation of soccer and baseball fields at their 78-acre Harrington Park. A pond located a mile away was targeted to provide a money-saving alternative water source.

To help the...

Read More - Irrigation Projects Show Their Conservation Impact

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Tagswater management, Water conservation, alternative water resource, landscape irrigation, landscape architecture,

The public has until Feb. 12 to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency ’s proposed new Lead and Copper Rule.

The goal of the proposed new rule is to reduce lead and copper in drinking water, including steps to target most at-risk communities. The public can leave their comments here .

Click here for more information from the EPA about the proposed rule, which focuses on six areas:...

Read More - Feb. 12 Deadline to Comment on Proposed Lead and Copper Rule

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Drought conditions changed marginally across the United States this week. The Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) remained at 39, as the percent coverage of D0-D3 conditions each changed by less than one percent. Over this past week, light to moderate precipitation fell from east Texas up through New England, while heavier precipitation, occurred from southwest Louisiana to the southern Appalachian Mountains. Heavy precipitation in the form of snowfall occurred in mountainous...

Read More - Current Drought Conditions in the United States

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

City of Port Arthur Downtown Revitalization Plan

As an Urban Planner, we’re often tasked with the great responsibility of helping a community revitalize a neighborhood, a public gathering place, a downtown area, etc. In doing so we try our best to maintain the community’s character while elevating their existing qualities and remaining competitive.

Here are some things for cities to keep in mind as they give new life to their downtown:...

Read More - Tips For Revitalizing Your Town's Downtown

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Tagsurban planning, urban design, downtown revitalization, landscape architecture, streetscape,

Texas cities, counties and other public entities have an unprecedented opportunity this year to plan for and repair damages caused by devastating floods and to protect against future storms. With new financial resources available, it’s important for community leaders to understand how to make sure their areas can benefit.

The constitutional amendments that voters approved in November 2019 resulted from new planning and funding laws passed by the Texas Legislature. Now, the Texas...

Read More - How to Get Involved on Texas Flood Planning

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With increased likelihood of cybersecurity attacks from overseas, now underscores the importance for utilities to conduct risk and resilience assessments , including cybersecurity, for American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 compliance.

Last week, an American airstrike killed Major General Qassem Soleimani, who led the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Iran has issued cyberattacks on American infrastructure before, including a New York dam in...

Read More - With Heightened International Tension, Are Utilities Prepared In Case of Cyberattack?

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TagsAWIA, AWIA of 2018, risk, utilities, resiliency, cybersecurity,

Overall, oceanic and atmospheric conditions reflected ENSO (El Niño/Southern Oscillation)-neutral, despite recent anomalous warming across the east-central equatorial Pacific. The December 2019 Climate Prediction Center update indicated that the overall oceanic and atmospheric system was consistent with ENSO-neutral. ENSO-neutral is favored during the winter of 2019-20 (70% chance) and expected to continue through the spring of 2020 (~65% chance) in the Northern Hemisphere. To read more, click here .

According to the...

Read More - Drought Outlook for the United States

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TagsLa Nina, Forecasts, Drought Outlook, Drought Maps, Climate,

Entities have until March 3 to submit their Project Information Form to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to be considered for water, wastewater, and stormwater project funding in the SFY2021 State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plans.

The State Revolving Funds (SRF) in Texas have a two-step process to apply for project funding: Step 1 is to submit a Project Information Form (PIF) through the online application or by completing and...

Read More - Forms Due March 3 for State Water Revolving Funds in Texas

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TagsFunding, TWDB, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, SRF,

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