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LEED™ Platinum for TCCD Energy Technology Center

The Center of Excellence for Energy Technology (CEET) on Tarrant County College’s South Campus has earned LEED™ Platinum certification from the U.S Green Building Council, the organization's highest rating for environmental sustainability and a first for Freese and Nichols. CEET is one of only two non-residential structures in Tarrant County to receive this distinction and one of six higher education structures in Texas.


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Georgia Accepting State Revolving Fund Pre-Applications

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority announced it is now accepting pre-applications for the State Revolving Fund project solicitation process. Both the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund provide low-interest financing for publicly-owned water and wastewater projects.

Eligible projects submitted through the pre-application process will be...

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Nov. 16 Seminar | The Reality of Earthquakes: What you need to know for municipal infrastructure

Join the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and Freese and Nichols on November 16, 2016 for "The Reality of Earthquakes: What You Need to Know For Municipal Infrastructure."

While the 5.8-magnitude earthquake which occurred on September 3rd was dubbed the largest in Oklahoma’s history, the continued rumblings of induced earthquakes have certainly grabbed our attention. Earthquakes can have serious effects on municipal infrastructure and it is important that we are prepared to face and address those effects.

Join us to hear state officials and industry professionals discuss...

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Hurricane Matthew brought damaging rain and floods to the Southeast. However, it had little impact on drought, since the area hit was not currently experiencing any drought conditions. In fact, from East Texas to Western Georgia, drought conditions worsened. Drought also intensified in the far Northeast. Improvements occurred in Montana and Idaho.

U.S. drought monitor map

Drought conditions in Texas doubled again last week and now impact about 22 percent...

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


The forecast consensus now favors La Niña at least through the fall (about 70 percent chance). By winter, the chance of La Niña is only slightly over 50/50 (55 percent). In the U.S., La Niña typically means warmer and drier weather in the southern half of the country and cooler and wetter weather in the northern half. Read more

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook map was updated and now covers September...

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

HEC-RAS Version 5.0.3 Released

The USACE has released a new version of HEC-RAS that supersedes versions 5.0.1 and 5.0.2 (which was withdrawn due to major bugs). The new version fixes several bugs and includes new and improved features like culvert inlet/ outlet control, using 2D flow equations at lateral structures, flow and volume time series output for profile lines in RAS Mapper, and profile line point and tick marks. For more info on the new version and to download the model, check out the links below.

Release Notes:...

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Building a Stormwater CIP at Fort Hood

Fort Hood has numerous drainage and erosion issues throughout the Army Installation. The Fort Hood Main Cantonment Drainage Master Plan was the third in a series of masterplanning efforts to identify drainage issues and propose alternatives in different areas of Fort Hood. The three masterplanning projects combined cover the entire army installation including North Fort Hood, West Fort Hood and the Main Cantonment.

Each study followed the same steps to develop the Stormwater Capital Improvement Program. The first step was a massive data inventory using survey grade information of...

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Tags2-D Modeling, stormwater planning,

APWA Honors Texoma-to-Wylie Pipeline

The American Public Works Association presented the Public Works Project of the Year award to Jeff Payne for the Texoma-to-Wylie WTP Pipeline Extension. Jeff, who was project manager for the emergency pipeline, represented Freese and Nichols at the national awards ceremony in Minneapolis earlier this year. The project was recognized in the category of Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair greater than $75 million. Jeff was joined by David Burkhart of Garney Construction, project...

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