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Texas cities, counties and other public entities have an unprecedented opportunity this year to plan for and repair damages caused by devastating floods and to protect against future storms. With new financial resources available, it’s important for community leaders to understand how to make sure their areas can benefit.

The constitutional amendments that voters approved in November 2019 resulted from new planning and funding laws passed by the Texas Legislature. Now, the Texas...

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How do you know what type of wall fits for improving a channel?

The Delaware Creek Channel Improvements project, a $50 million project for the City of Irving, utilizes three types of channel wall available. Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages, such as space, construction and speed.

Modular Block Wall

These walls are constructed by stacking precast concrete block units. These are gravity walls and resist external forces...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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In order to connect passengers between Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes, the proposed Texas Central High-Speed Rail must cross the Trinity River and numerous other streams, drainage ways and floodplains.

Freese and Nichols played a key role in developing the first privately developed high-speed train project in North America. To examine alignment alternatives for the high-speed train, nearly 900 drainage crossings with a combined drainage area of 7,000 square miles were...

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On Nov. 5, Texas voters approved Proposition 2 and Proposition 8 , constitutional amendments related to funding projects for economically distressed areas and also establishing a fund for regional flood planning and infrastructure projects.

More on Proposition 2

Proposition 2 authorizes the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to issue an additional $200 million in general obligation bonds. The funds would be used to further fund projects through...

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Registration is open for the Texas Public Works Association - North Central Texas Branch annual One Day Education Seminar on Nov. 14 in Richardson, Texas. We hope you can attend, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our presentations below:

Title: Keeping the Stream Green: Biotechnical Streambank Stabilization in the City of Mansfield Time: 11-11:50 a.m. Presenter: Wylie Gorup,...

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