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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.

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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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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 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VVGGWS8. 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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