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Due to the government shutdown, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) had to re-schedule a webinar and public hearings for the proposed new definition of "Waters of the United States."

A 60-day comment period will begin once the new proposed rule is released in the Federal Register, which is expected to be as early as Feb. 11. For more information on the public comment period, ...

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Drought conditions have not changed significantly overall. The DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) increased from 48 to 49. The majority of the area under some level of drought condition remains in the western half of the country.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National...

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

With the new year comes new funding opportunities. 

Applications are now being accepted for three of the WaterSMART grant programs for Fiscal Year 2019 through the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation. The three programs are Drought Resiliency, Small-Scale Water Efficiency, and Water & Energy Efficiency.

Contact your Freese and Nichols Project Manager to explore ways that your project might qualify under these programs.

For more...

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TagsWater, Funding, grant, water funding, WaterSMART, reclamation,

In response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, as well as six other federally-declared flood emergencies in the state since 2015, the Texas House Committee on Natural Resources was commissioned to evaluate the roles of public entities in flood control and to incorporate recommendations from the Texas Water Development Board...

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TagsHurricane harvey, texas legislature, Flooding, Hurricane, state flood assessment,

Note: This is a second post in a series about tips for taking the PE exam. Read the first one here.

Don’t go it alone. While mighty in itself, the PE exam shouldn’t make you feel like you’re tackling the world by yourself.

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TagsPE, PE test, study tips, engineering, engineer, EIT, YP, young professional,

Looking at an industry-accepted practice, a Freese and Nichols study examined the use of small slotted drainage pipes in dams.

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials recently featured the findings of Marc Miller, PE, left, and Grady Hillhouse, PE, right, in the Journal of Dam Safety...

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Tagsdams, dam safety, asdso, pipeline design,

Balancing career and parenthood takes planning and flexibility and can teach you new skills at both work and home. Before taking on this new responsibility, it helps to talk with others in your field who have been there.

We asked three of our professionals to share their insights on a good work-life balance.

Kim Dresdner, Urban Planning + Design, Dallas, is mother to a son born in 2018.

Holly Saez, Water Resource Dam and Levee Design, Dallas, is mother to...

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Water systems across the U.S. have compliance deadlines beginning in March 2020 to assess infrastructure risks from natural and man-made hazards and to develop plans for emergency response and improved resiliency against those risks.

The American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 contains new requirements for risk and resiliency planning and documentation...

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TagsEPA, water infrastructure, resiliency, asset management, asset, emergency response,

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