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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's (TCEQ's) new TPDES Stormwater Construction General Permit, which became effective March 5, 2013, has an imminent deadline to renew the permit of Monday, June 3, 2013. This permit affects construction sites that discharge stormwater associated with construction activity located in the state of Texas. All permits authorized under the previous general permit expired regardless as to whether or not a Notice of Termination was submitted. The TCEQ issued a message that included the following information about the permit renewal:

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This year's Texas Public Works Association (TPWA) Annual Meeting will be held in Waco, Texas, June 5-7.

Watch for Thomas Caffarel, P.E., and Katie Hogan, P.E., both Stormwater Engineering, as they present “Adjust Your Lens to Bring Your Regional Drainage Picture into Focus.” They will speak on Friday, June 7, at 11:00 a.m, alongside Kenneth L. Schaub, Jr., CPESC, DPW Engineering, Fort Hood, Texas.

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The deadline to submit applications for the North Carolina Section 319(h) Grant for nonpoint source pollution is drawing near. Applications are due no later than May 23, 2013. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified by July 8. Selected applicants will be in interviewed on July 30, 2013. Award recipients will be notified on August 5, 2013. Additional information about the program can be found here.

The $1.3 million-grant provides funding for restoration projects in impaired watersheds. Eligible...

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Freese and Nichols is proud to announce the opening of our new office, located in Raleigh, North Carolina! The office is located in the Centennial Campus research park at North Carolina State University. View the email announcement here.

Read the full story in our News section.

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Freese and Nichols’ innovative underground detention project in the historic Central Arlington Heights neighborhood of Fort Worth is currently being advertised for construction. This project included the design of a custom detention system underneath a flood-prone residential street in the historic neighborhood. The area had previously been studied by Freese and Nichols to determine the extent of the existing flooding and to identify solutions to eliminate flooding in a 100-year storm. The previous studies identified that 100-year solutions are not affordable and partial solutions that...

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On May 31, the TCEQ Nonpoint Source Program will post its fiscal year 2014 Clean Water Act Section 319 request for grant applications (RFGA) on the State of Texas Electronic State Business Daily. Grant applications will be accepted from May 31 through an end date specified in the RFGA.

Prior to the release of the RFGA, questions may be directed to nps@tceq.texas.gov, or call 512-239-6682. Instructions for submitting an application and for asking questions about the application process will be included in the RFGA and will be...

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To pursue most Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants, the applicant must have a FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Action Plan (HMAP). This plan is also referred to as a “Local Mitigation Plan”, “Local Mitigation Action Plan”, and “Mitigation Plan”. Multiple names are used to describe the same plan that must be approved by FEMA.

Freese and Nichols recently assisted two clients in obtaining a FEMA grant to develop HMAPs: Little Elm and Trophy Club. Our team is working with these clients to mitigate the impacts of natural disasters before they happen. Once these...

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An op-ed in last week's Fort Worth Star-Telegram, written by concerned individuals and organizations from across Texas, sends a clear message to our legislators:

“The 83rd Legislature has a real shot at helping protect us from drought by making a one-time investment in our State Water Plan. But less than six weeks remain in the legislative session, and consensus has not emerged. Without consensus, the future of our state’s water supply – arguably the most

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