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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is hosting an online survey seeking input from those who have pursued and/or used TWDB grant and/or loan programs. Responses are anonymous. The survey can be accessed at The survey will close at 5 p.m. on April 26. 

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A bill, HB 3289, has been introduced in the Texas Legislature regarding “the licensing of professionals engaged in Texas pollutant discharge elimination system-related stormwater activity.” This bill would amend Chapter 26, Water Code, to create a licensing program for TPDES (Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) stormwater professionals.

This bill is currently in the Natural Resources House Committee and is being watched closely by the majority of water agencies in Texas.

In the North Texas region, NCTCOG may discuss this piece of legislation at the Regional...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently published a request for research topics for its 2013 Water Research Grant Program. The intent of the program is to study potential topics related to conserving and developing water resources that are of interest or benefit to the entire state.

Topics are due to the TWDB by 4:30 PM on Friday, April 26, 2013.

After the TWDB selects the topics for this year’s program, the agency will publish a request for qualifications. Please note that topic selection does not guarantee that the applicant submitting the topic will be selected...

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Freese and Nichols has been following the Congressional budget situation and its impact on the annual Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation grant programs. As we reported in October, 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 until Congress approves the Federal budget. The federal budget cuts will likely reduce the amount of funding...

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This year’s International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) International Symposium and Annual Meeting is August 12-16, 2013 in Seattle. ICOLD is a non-governmental international organization which provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience in dam engineering. For the first time in 25 years, the United States has been chosen to host the ICOLD conference and the event promises to include education on the latest technologies in dam and levee rehabilitation,...

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Congratulations to Derek Sellers, an Engineer IV in the Stormwater Group in Fort Worth, who has been named the 2013 Edmund Friedman Young Engineer of the Year by the Fort Worth Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The award recognizes the professional contributions of younger ASCE members.

His notable projects include the Green Meadows Drainage Improvements in Arlington, the Stewart Creek Watershed Study​ in Frisco, the Delaware Creek Channel Improvements in Irving, and the...

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Freese and Nichols recently participated in the kickoff event for the San Antonio Land/Water Sustainability Forum’s Low Impact Development (LID) Design Competition. The competition, focusing on areas within San Antonio, entails three professional design challenge categories: Urban Redevelopment, Multi-family Mixed Use and Green Roadway.

At the kickoff, Lane Wheetley​, Urban Planning and Design, Dallas, was interviewed on San Antonio's KSAT/Channel 12....

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Freese and Nichols recently provided floodplain analyses, Section 404 permitting and archaeological survey services for Baylor University’s proposed football stadium, Baylor Stadium. The new stadium is proposed along the banks of the Brazos River in an area known for historical findings.

As a result of combined efforts of Baylor University, the Stadium Design Firms and Freese and Nichols, the team was able to huddle together to accelerate several aspects of the project.

Hydraulic Modeling Yields Positive Results ...

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