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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will hold a public hearing on Dec. 14, 2015, to discuss distribution of $6.8 million in emergency flood funding. Gov. Gregg Abbott approved the funding for development of stream gages and floodplain management and planning technical assistance in November.

“The emergency transfer of these funds is imperative to our state’s future in preparing for flooding events,” said Governor Abbott. “It is critical that our state has sophisticated technology and enhanced floodplain planning in place to respond to emergency situations associated with...

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Congratulations to Emily Darr, North Carolina Engineering, who became a Certified
Floodplain Manager (CFM). Emily passed an exam to receive the certification, which is issued by the North Carolina Association of State Floodplain Managers.

Emily is the 26th FNI employee to become a Certified Floodplain Manager.​​

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Congratulations to Stephanie Coffman, Environmental Science, Fort Worth, who was elected President of the Texas Chapter of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG). As President of the Texas Chapter, Stephanie also joins the AEG National Board of Directors. Stephanie will serve as Chapter President until October 2017.

AEG is the...

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Jay Scanlon, Stormwater, Austin, has been appointed to the City of Austin's Flood Mitigation Task Force (FMTF). The FMTF was created by the City Council to gather information and develop recommendations related to citywide and area flooding and its impacts to property, public safety, and City finances, with an emphasis on flood mitigation solutions and funding options. The FMTF is...

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Congratulations to Kim Patak, Stormwater, Austin, who became President of the Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Austin Chapter for the 2015-2016 term. Also, Will Huff, Stormwater, Austin, is continuing his efforts as Communications Chair for a second year. Under their leadership, the Chapter plans on hosting their annual water resources workshop, designing and constructing rain gardens with the community, and building...

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For the third consecutive year, Freese and Nichols partnered with the West Texas Region of the Texas Floodplain Management Association and the City of Lubbock to host a floodplain seminar for municipal professionals. More than 20 people attended the Oct. 29 “Municipal Floodplain Challenges and TFMA Updates” seminar. Instructors Heather Keister, P.E., CFM, Katie Hogan, P.E., CFM, both Freese and Nichols; Steven Nelson, P.E., CFM, City of Lubbock and TFMA Region 1 Director; and Nathan Rigler, P.E., CFM, Hugo Reed and Associates, led eight workshops over the course of the day, presenting on...

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) finalized the Clean Water Rule in May 2015 in an attempt to more clearly define waters of the U.S. This rule is not currently in effect as it is now under federal review. The U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit is to evaluate if they have the authority to challenge the legality of the final rule.

The final rule identified four categories of regulated...

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Freese and Nichols, Inc. would like to thank Eduardo Acosta, P.E., CFM, LEED AP (pictured in the middle below), the former City of Austin Stormwater Pond Safety Program Manager, for the following guest post.


The City of Austin’s Stormwater Pond Safety Program (SPSP) is recognized as one of the nation’s premier municipal dam safety programs and received the ...

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