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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently developed a set of 450 standards for the National Flood Insurance program (NFIP) which will serve as a replacement for all the standards listed in the current document, Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners.

Although a majority of...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has made an announcement on their website stating there has been a 25-basis-point reduction in the interest rates offered for Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) projects.

Visit TWDB's website to view the full announcement.


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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has announced that the 83rd Legislature approved three bills as part of a package to provide funding for State Water Plan projects. The bills propose creation of a new fund, the State Water Implemenation Fund for Texas (or SWIFT). Before using any of the funds, Texas voters must first consider the amendment creating the SWIFT, which is up for election on November 5th.

Read the full announcement on TWDB's website.

For more information, contact...

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This post is a follow up to the June 14 post "TCEQ Section 319(h) Grant Application Requesting Applications."

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has posted Addendum #1 to Nonpoint Source Program (NPS) Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 319(H) Grant.

Addendum #1 can be accessed through the Electronic State Business Daily web site located at http...

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Freese and Nichols continues to follow the Congressional budget situation and its impact on the annual Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation grant programs. As we reported in October 2012 and March 2013, FEMA has delayed the release of its annual Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs, including Pre-Disaster Mitigation, Flood Mitigation Assistance, Repetitive Flood Claims, and Severe Repetitive Loss, for FY2013.

FEMA has indicated that they plan to merge and rename several grant programs. They also have indicated that they will adjust the local match and program...

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In riverine systems, bridges typically represent an obstruction to channel and floodplain flow. The obstruction to flow can be a source of substantial energy loss. In order to appropriately model the energy loss due to a bridge in HEC-RAS, there are some things you should know.

Bridge modeling in HEC-RAS has several components:

  • Bounding cross sections
  • Ineffective flow areas
  • Bridge opening

This post provides the information necessary to model a simple bridge using HEC-RAS.

Bounding Cross Sections


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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is holding a period of public review and comment before approval and adoption of the draft State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2014 State Revolving Fund (SRF) Intended Use Plans (IUPs) expected on August 15, 2013. These documents are available online:

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The FEMA Risk Map Outreach Team recently released the following statement regarding new capabilities to their Online Letter of Map Change:

We are pleased to announce that FEMA has successfully launched new capabilities to the Online Letter of Map Change (LOMC)! Requestors may now submit both Amendment and Revision applications through Online LOMC. This convenient web tool is now an alternative to the paper MT-EZ, MT-1, and MT-2 forms.

There are many benefits to applying for a LOMC online:

  • Submit, pay, and upload supporting documentation for
  • ...

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