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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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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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Freese and Nichols welcomes Krista Bethune Melnar, PE, an accomplished project manager experienced with large federal contracts as well as state and local resiliency projects, as the new Stormwater Practice Leader. She also will manage the Central Texas Stormwater Group, including the Austin and San Marcos offices, to support the needs of clients in that region.

Krista has more than 19 years of experience in Texas and nationally, providing innovative solutions...

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have proposed a new definition of "Waters of the United States."

This new definition will clarify what is considered a federally protected waterway and a state protected waterway as part of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The press release regarding the proposed definition can...

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Freese and Nichols' Kim Patak will present “When Rivers and Infrastructure Collide,” Jan. 23 at the Texas Regional Stormwater Conference in New Braunfels.

Millions of dollars are spent each year repairing America’s infrastructure due to damage from stream erosion. Concepts of fluvial geomorphology, planning and holistic engineering are integrated into the resiliency approach to prevent, protect, respond and recover from problems caused by...

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The TCEQ is scheduled to approve the next five-year general permit (TXR040000) for Phase II (Small) MS4s on Jan. 16, 2019, and the permit will be issued a few days later. While the current five-year general permit is scheduled to expire Dec. 12, 2018, TCEQ has stated it will administratively extend the provisions of the current permit to...

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One of the highlights of Freese and Nichols' fifth year in North Carolina was landing its first contract with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

Under a three-year agreement, Freese and Nichols is available to provide a range of on-call services for NCDOT’s Hydraulics Unit, including:

  • Basic, complete and complex hydrologic & hydraulic (H&H) design
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The USACE has released HEC-HMS version 4.3. This update includes a few new features such as the redesign of the optimization trial when calibrating parameters, a new reach routing method, and enhancements to other routing methods. There are also bug fixes as outlined in the release notes.

This version supersedes all previous versions and can be downloaded here click here

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