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September is National Preparedness Month. This is the first in a series of Ebb and Flow articles encouraging awareness across the state this month.

Preparedness is not limited to personal disaster kits and knowing your emergency evacuation routes. Hazard Mitigation Action Plans (HMAPs) are a way for local governments to put preparedness at the forefront by prioritizing mitigation strategies and reducing the effects of hazards.

Katie Hogan, P.E., CFM, and Ben McWhorter, E.I.T., CFM, of Freese and Nichols will be discussing facets of HMAPs at the TFMA 2013 Fall...

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The annual Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs are open and accepting applications.

  • The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program can be used for acquisition/demolition, structure elevation, dry flood-proofing and localized flood reduction projects. Applications for the FMA program must be submitted via eGrants by Sept. 17, 2013.
  • The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program can be used for acquisition/demolition, structure elevation, dry flood-proofing, localized flood reduction projects and new/updated Hazard
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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently announced the approval of the State Fiscal Year 2014 Clean Water (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Intended Use...

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The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) reported Friday, Aug. 16, that the federal government and DeKalb County, Georgia reached a settlement in a lawsuit regarding federal facilities’ payment of municipal stormwater utility fees. The settlement requires the federal government to pay the disputed stormwater fees in question.  In 2011, a federal law was passed requiring the federal government to pay stormwater fees established by local governments. The U.S. General Accounting Office shortly after determined that stormwater fees are actually a tax and since the federal...

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Freese and Nichols, Inc. is hosting an Innovative Funding Seminar on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Pearland, Texas.

This class will focus on select grant and loan opportunities that are available for stormwater, transportation, water resources, water and wastewater studies and projects. Instructors and facilitators include:

  • Stephanie Griffin, P.E., CFM, Funding Specialist, Freese and Nichols, Inc.
  • Ron Bavarian, P.E., Infrastructure Group Manager, Freese and Nichols, Inc.
  • Alan Hutson, P.E., ENV SP, Water/Wastewater Group Manager, Freese
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced on their website that they are accepting nominations for the 2014 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards:

  • “These annual awards recognize achievements across Texas that significantly reduce waste, conserve natural resources, and prevent pollution. Deadline for applications is Oct. 4.”

Read the full announcement on TCEQ’s website.

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This year’s Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Annual Conference was held in Hartford, Connecticut, from June 9-14, 2013. Jill Trevino, Fort Worth Stormwater Management, presented with Glen Taffinder, City of Austin Watershed Protection Department, about developing comprehensive watershed assessments by integrating InfoWorks Storm Drainage (IWSD), StormCAD, and HEC-HMS. This presentation is a result of a two-year drainage study of existing and proposed infrastructure in the City of...

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The Texas Water Infrastructure Coordination Committee (TWICC) is holding a drought workshop on Thursday, August 1 at the Abilene Civic Center in Abilene, Texas. The purpose of the workshop is “to provide information about funding and other assistance for public water systems and other entities.” There is no registration fee for this workshop, but space is limited, so sign up today. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, July 30. View the workshop PDF for instructions on how to register and for more...

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