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Drought conditions continued across multiple regions of the United States this week. The nationwide Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) remained at 133, as the total percent coverage of abnormal dryness (D0), moderate (D1), severe (D2), extreme (D3), and severe (D4) drought conditions changed by less than 1 percent on U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) scale. Over this past week, dozens of dangerous wildfires continued to burn across the western U.S., with the...

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The September 2020 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) update indicated that overall, the coupled ocean-atmosphere system was consistent with La Niña conditions in August 2020. La Niña conditions are present and predicted to likely continue through the winter in the Northern Hemisphere (~75% chance). To read more, click here .

The NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) three-month outlook (from September through December) is forecasting above-normal...

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Congratulations to Stephanie Buckingham, Organizational Development Specialist in Freese and Nichols’ Fort Worth office, for receiving our Robert L. Nichols Professional Service Award for her commitment to professional development.

Stephanie is an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) where she serves on the Program Advisory Committee for the past three years. Her duties involve reviewing and providing feedback for over 200 abstracts for the ATD’s International Conference. She...

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Has the phrase “wash your hands” ever carried more significance than it has this year? Despite all the attention, we still need to remind people that water for handwashing, drinking, agriculture and industry doesn’t just show up. It requires an intricate system of pipes, pump stations, treatment plants, storage facilities and other infrastructure, along with people to keep it all operating.

An important new report makes the case that the U.S. isn’t...

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As hurricane season is upon us, our partners throughout the country in the floodplain management sector are exploring ways to increase resiliency. As with many issues in public works, funding is the most substantial challenge to transforming communities. However, traditional municipal bonds don’t have to be the only source of funding for resiliency projects. FEMA recently announced the availability of two new nationwide pre-disaster hazard mitigation grant opportunities that could fund your project. Below is...

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Congratulations to Helen Salama, an Engineer-in-Training who works on transmission and utilities projects in Freese and Nichols’ San Antonio office, for receiving the company’s James R. Nichols Community Service Award for her exceptional dedication to public service.

Helen devoted more than 1,500 hours over two years to volunteer activities that ranged from mentoring young students to acting as an Arabic-English translator for refugees in Lebanon. She has put her engineering skills to work helping...

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We continue our ongoing series spotlighting upcoming infrastructure funding opportunities, at both the state and federal levels. Read the previous posts: Coronavirus Exposes Long-Standing Infrastructure Funding Vulnerabilities and Avenues to Fund Your Infrastructure: FIF and CDBG .

Financing opportunities outside of traditional municipal bonds can be attractive, particularly for utilities in lower income, incorporated communities. Oftentimes these loans and grants go largely underutilized because of the perception that...

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We’re joining the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in recognizing Professional Engineers Day Aug. 5 to highlight the role of highly qualified engineers in keeping the world operating safely.

Freese and Nichols has extra reason to celebrate this year: Our Oklahoma Division Manager Tricia Hatley was installed as NSPE President on Aug. 1. A longtime leader in the organization, she’ll serve in this role until mid-2021 then spend a year as...

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