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This article is an update regarding the July 9, 2012 post Harley Avenue Realignment.

Construction is nearly complete on the Harley Avenue Paving and Drainage Improvements ​in the Fort Worth Cultural District. The project is set to be open for traffic this week for the 2013 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Freese and Nichols designed the project along with subconsultant Dunaway Associates.

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Brief summary of court action

A U.S. District judge ruled on January 3 that the Clean Water Act does not allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate water as a water pollutant or a pollutant surrogate, and thus the amount of flow cannot be restricted by EPA for water quality protection purposes. EPA had implemented flow volume controls as a proxy to reduce sediment issues in an impaired tributary of the Potomac River in Virginia, and had been trying to implement volume controls as part of total maximum daily load (TMDL) limits in this instance....

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Congratulations to Katie Hogan, Justin Oswald, Jill Trevino, and Chris Wilde, who are now Professional Engineers. Hogan, Oswald, and Trevino passed the eight-hour exam administered in October by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, and Wilde passed the exam in April.

Katie Hogan is a Stormwater Engineer in the Dallas office. Katie’s experience includes capital improvement plans for various cities, 2D modeling using XP-SWMM, and advanced hydraulic modeling using unsteady HEC-RAS.

Justin Oswald is a Stormwater Engineer in the Fort...

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The Texas Water Development Board’s Flood Protection Planning grant is soliciting applications for watershed studies. Applications are due by noon on January 23, 2013. Freese and Nichols is available to assist clients in preparing and submitting applications for this grant. Please contact Jill Trevino with any questions you might have regarding this grant opportunity.

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Congratulations to Jon Bunner​, who is now a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM). Last month, he passed the CFM exam, which is administered by the Texas Floodplain Management Association​.

Jon is a Stormwater Engineer in the Dallas office.


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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has some remaining uncommitted loan funding available for “shovel-ready” water and wastewater construction projects. Applications are due Friday, January 4, 2013. 

The TWDB will soon be accepting applications for the next round of Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan programs. Project Information Forms are due to the TWDB on March 1, 2013.

Please contact Jill Trevino at Freese and Nichols with questions about these funding opportunities.


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The Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center at Rice University presents "Low Impact Development (LID) in Houston" on Feb. 26, 2013. This one-day event will cover the theory and practice of LID for Houston and will host a distinguished group of speakers that includes academia. The workshop flyer can be downloaded here.

This workshop is open to all engineers, architects, planners, developers, city and county officials, and students interested in LID.

The event is only...

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Congratulations to Robert Thompson on receiving his Master of Science in Geospatial Information Sciences (GIS) from the University of Texas at Dallas. Robert is a GIS Analyst for the Stormwater Engineering group in the Freese and Nichols Dallas Office.  Robert's master's project was a spatio-temporal analysis of a simulated levee breach. He approximated how long it would take to flood the area behind the breach and analyzed the hazard impact using GIS-based methods. He also created a 3-D simulation of the flooding to visually illustrate the incremental flooding and times associated with...

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