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A recent bill approved by the Texas Legislature could have a serious impact on municipal efforts to regulate development.

Texas House Bill 3167 , dubbed the “shot clock” bill, went into effect on Sept. 1, 2019. The bill expands on previous legislation requiring cities and counties to act on plat applications within 30 calendar days. The new law extends this requirement to other types of site...

Read More - New Texas Legislation Sets 'Shot Clock' for Development Reviews

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As each hurricane season comes and goes, so too does a heightened risk for flooding in our homes and businesses. While there are a multitude of resources available to homeowners and business owners to evaluate their flood risk, these resources can be difficult to navigate if you don’t know where to look. Although floods are a natural part of our lives, there are several tools available so that we can minimize their effects on our...

Read More - Dam Safety: Knowing Your Online Resources

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Drought conditions slightly improved across the United States this week. The total percent area of D0 (abnormal dryness), D1 (moderate drought), D2 (severe drought) and D3 (extreme drought) all constricted. Over this past week, winter storms impacted multiple regions across the U.S., generating heavy snow in mountainous areas of the west, upper Plains, upper Midwest and the Northeast. Moderate to heavy rainfall occurred in the Southwest, alleviating some dryness and drought conditions...

Read More - Current Drought Conditions in the United States

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The application period is open until Feb. 3, 2020 , for the Texas Water Development Board’s 2020 funding cycle of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program.

The SWIFT program helps communities develop and optimize water supplies at cost-effective rates. The program provides low-interest financing, extended repayment terms, deferral of repayments, and incremental repurchase terms for projects with state ownership aspects. It also includes...

Read More - 2020 Funding: SWIFT Applications Due By Feb. 3

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Overall, oceanic and atmospheric conditions reflected ENSO (El Niño/Southern Oscillation)-neutral, despite recent anomalous warming across the east-central equatorial Pacific. The November 2019 Climate Prediction Center update indicated that ENSO-neutral is favored during the winter of 2019-20 (~70% chance) and expected to continue through the spring of 2020 (60-65% chance) in the Northern Hemisphere. To read more, click here .

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook...

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The public has until Jan. 6, 2020, to comment on Texas’ action plan detailing the use of $4.3 billion for flooding mitigation projects.

The Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced last week the state's action plan detailing the distribution and eligible uses of $4,297,189,000 in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist Texas communities with mitigation projects....

Read More - Comment Period Underway for $4.3B for Texas Flooding Infrastructure

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Stakeholders have until mid-January to review and comment on the proposed Flood Infrastructure Fund rules and Flood Intended Use Plan.

The rules and the plan include information on eligibility, minimum standards, program timeline, financial assistance categories, prioritization criteria, and additional information. Comments on the rules should be submitted to the Texas Water Development Board at rulescomments@twdb.texas.gov, and comments on the Intended Use Plan should be submitted...

Read More - Feedback Wanted for Proposed Flood Infrastructure Fund Rules and Plan

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With record rainfalls increasing pressure on water resource recovery facilities, the debate on peak flow blending in separate sanitary sewer systems lingers.

What is blending and what is it not?

Blending is not bypass. Bypass is the unpermitted, intentional diversion of waste streams from any portion of treatment facility and direct discharge of those streams to the environment. Bypass is prohibited unless unavoidable to prevent loss of life, personal injury, severe property damage...

Read More - EPA’s Blending Policy: Clear As Mud?

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