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The City of Houston recently updated floodplain regulations after massive flooding and damages occurred throughout Harris County and surrounding areas in recent years. The flood damages have resulted from major rainfall events; Hurricane Harvey (2017), the 2016 Tax Day Flood, and the 2015 Memorial Day Flood. The regulations were updated to better ensure the welfare and safety of the public and to increase the resiliency of communities as they recover and prepare for future rainfall events.

On April 4, the Houston...

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Update on Stormwater General Permit TXR040000

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) continues to negotiate with the EPA regarding provisions for the upcoming renewal of the Phase II (Small) MS4 5-year permit, which requires cities and other public entities in populated areas to implement a stormwater quality program. The current permit is scheduled to expire in December, and the draft renewal permit’s scheduled April release for public review and comment this month appears to be pushed back to at...

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The USACE has released a new version of HEC-RAS that has several new features.

Those features include enhancement to storage area/ 2D hydraulic connections, variable time steps, internal boundary conditions lines for 2D areas, new velocity term for 2D flow area boundary conditions and RAS Mapper editing tools. 

Other minor enhancements were added and repairs were made as well.

For a more detailed description of the changes...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is developing a State Flood Assessment and is soliciting feedback from communities on flood mitigation to compile this first-ever comprehensive report on flooding in Texas.

The goals of the ...

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We are excited to host another asset management training course for our clients and professionals involved in managing critical infrastructure assets for their organizations.  

The takeaways from this class can be utilized to drive positive results in your organization. This

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After more than 60 years, potential changes to the NRCS Curve Number method are underway! 

The original Curve Number method was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) (Soil Conservation Service at the time). It started in the 1950s as a simple and efficient method for determining the volume of runoff produced from...

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The TCEQ Commissioners recently announced revisions to the ...

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Gov. Greg Abbott has named Peter Lake chairman of the Texas Water Development Board and appointed Brooke Paup to the board. 

Peter, who has served on the board since 2015, is the former head of business development at Lake Ronel Oil Company, was director of special projects for VantageCap...

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