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For a limited time, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has some remaining loan and principal forgiveness (grant) funds available from both the State Fiscal Year(SFY) 2013 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Clean Water State Revolving Fund programs.

Freese and Nichols can assist you in preparing the Project Information Forms required to obtain these loans.The last day to submit a Project Information Form is June 25, 2013. Please contact Jill Trevino with questions about these funding ...

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recently opened its Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Grant Program. Eligible applicants include Texas agencies, political subdivisions of the State of Texas, and nonprofit organizations. The grant provides a 60-percent federal match to develop or implement Total Maximum Daily Load studies (TMDLs) and Watershed Protection Plans (WPPs). Applications are due July 31, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. Additional program details are found at

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Congratulations to four Stormwater Engineers for recently receiving precertifications from the Texas Department of Transportation.

Top Row

Luis Alday, San Antonio, was approved in two categories:

  • 10.1.1, Hydrologic Studies
  • 10.3.1, Complex Hydraulic Design

Scott Berman, Fort Worth, was approved in two categories:

  • 10.2.1, Basic Hydraulic Design
  • 10.3.1, Complex Hydraulic Design

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This year’s Texas Floodplain Management Association (TFMA) Spring Conference was held in Sugarland, Texas from May 21-24, 2013.

Freese and Nichols’ staff presented with the City of Round Rock on the partial decommission of Stone Oak Dam, which is now available for download (click the title to view the presentation):

Stone Oak Dam: To Breach or Not to Breach, That is the Question

  • Kim Patak, P.E., CFM, CPESC – Freese
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Congratulations to six Freese and Nichols employees, who are now Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs). Last week, the individuals attended the Texas Floodplain Management Association conference in Sugarland, Texas, where they participated in the Floodplain Management 101 one-day course, led by the Texas Water Development Board. During the course, they all completed and passed the CFM exam.

From the Dallas office (top row):

  • Katie Hogan, P.E.
  • Trey Shanks

From the Fort Worth office (top row, right):

  • Justin Naylor, EIT

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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:

  • Monday
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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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