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The National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies is soliciting applications for the following awards:

NAFSMA Stormwater Management Green Infrastructure Award
Applications due May 17, 2016

The Green Infrastructure Awards Program application (which NAFSMA...

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FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant
Applications due June 15, 2016

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program makes available federal funds to State, Local and Tribal Governments to implement and sustain cost-effective measures that reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

  • FEMA will fund planning up to $100,000 per applicant with a maximum of $50,000 for state plans and $25,
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released HEC-RAS 5.0.1, which fixes a few computational bugs that were identified in HEC-RAS 5.0. Download the new version at the link below.



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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Insurance Mitigation Administration (FIMA) recently published new documents in the FEMA Resource & Document Library to support the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) programs. They recently distributed the following message:

“The President’s 2015 Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative (OGSI); Executive Order 13653 Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change; the President’s 2013 Climate Action Plan; FEMA’s Climate Change Adaptation Policy; and the 2014-2018 FEMA Strategic Plan, all identify...

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Freese and Nichols is attending the One Carolina - One Recovery” 2016 Conference, jointly hosted by the North Carolina Association of Floodplain Managers and South Carolina Association for Hazard Mitigation, April 10-13 in Myrtle Beach, SC. We are proud to partner with these organizations as a Platinum level sponsor. Stop by booth 11 to speak with our professionals and be sure to catch our presentation:

Monday, April 11 | 2-B Modeling Session 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Protecting Those Who Protect Us: 2D...

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Congratulations to Joel Valdez, Stormwater, San Antonio; Nicole Rutigliano, Stormwater, Fort Worth; and Leslie Munoz, Water Resources, Houston who became Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM). All three passed an exam to receive the certification issued by the Texas Floodplain Management Association. Freese and Nichols now has 30 Certified Floodplain Managers.​​ 

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A great resource for aerial imagery and animations from NASA, “Visible Earth” recently posted a photo from one of its satellites showing the effects of the significant amount of rain the South has experienced over the last several weeks. The first image shows flooding (in dark blue) around the Mississippi and White rivers. The second image shows a map of rainfall that fell from March 7-14; the brightest shades (located in northern Louisiana, northwestern Mississippi, and a major portion of Arkansas) indicate rainfall totals of 24 inches over the span of that week.


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Co-authored by Boris Minot.

Low Impact Development (LID) has emerged as a highly innovative and effective approach to managing stormwater quality at the source and as a means for better mimicking natural hydrology. While many cities are excited about LID techniques, an equal number of developers and engineers are afraid of the unknown. The City of Dallas identified the need to develop LID standard details in order to ease those fears and to ensure sound design and construction of LID applications. Freese and Nichols, in coordination with Hayden Consultants, researched...

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