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Hit-and-miss summer rains caused small pockets of drought to emerge and recede across the country last week.

U.S. Drought Monitor map

(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 Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL...

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ENSO-neutral conditions prevailed last month but many models predict a quick transition to La Niña by end of summer in the Northern hemisphere. By fall and winter 2016, there is 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 update for July through October 2016, drought was predicted to persist in California and other parts of the west, with Arizona and New Mexico...

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Composting, Community Garden at Austin Office

In Austin, Freese and Nichols staff have rescued coffee grinds and fruit peelings for their home compost heaps for several years. Now, we have new community gardens at our Austin offices. With the help of property management, who shared large containers and space on the property, the Austin team has enlarged composting activities and promoted healthier lifestyles.

Environmental Scientist Patrick Garnett led the effort, and the office produces a steady supply of...

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Douglas Volunteers at Houston WaterWeek

Lizanne Douglas, Treatment, Transmission and Utilities, Houston helped fellow Texas American Water Works Association (TAWWA) members demonstrate the cost of water earlier this year. The activity was part of the 2016 City of Houston WaterWeek

During the four-day event, the Southeast Chapter of TAWWA sponsored a demonstration tent at the City’s...

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Encouraging Sustainability through Biking and Diet

Spencer Schnier is an engineer in Freese and Nichols' Water Resource Planning group.

The month of May was National Bike Month, but just because it's now July doesn't mean we can't get out and support bicycling as viable, everyday transportation. For me, it's like any day and month because I commute 6 miles daily. I made the decision to live close enough to bike to work as I strive to leave a smaller...

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Mark Graves Joins Freese and Nichols’ Treatment Team

Freese and Nichols is pleased to announce that Mark Graves, P.E., a nationally recognized expert in membrane technology, is joining our water treatment and reuse team as a senior project manager in the Austin office. In this role, Mark will lead the development and execution of water treatment and reuse projects across Central Texas. Mark will also contribute as a senior advisor and technical expert to projects companywide.

“Austin and its...

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Robert Sutton Joins Freese and Nichols’ Southeast Texas Transportation Team

Freese and Nichols is pleased to announce that Robert Sutton, P.E., has joined our Southeast Texas transportation team as a senior project manager in the Pearland office. Robert’s expertise in transportation planning and engineering will support projects with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), municipalities and counties.

“Freese and Nichols’ transportation partners have a wide range of needs, from major infrastructure projects to...

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Hal S. Sparks Park Center Dedication

Throughout May, Tarrant Regional Water District hosted events in conjunction with the opening of Twin Points Park at Eagle Mountain Lake

Freese and Nichols employees took time to attend the Hal S. Sparks Park Center Dedication on Saturday, May 14. Event speakers included Vic Henderson, TRWD Board of Directors President; Alan Thomas, TRWD Deputy General Manager;...

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