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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently published a draft Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) for the fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The LAR includes a request of $146.3 million to fund the Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF) to implement projects in the State Water Plan. The LAR also requests $19 million to fund the State Participation Program (SPP). 

The LAR is simply a request for funding. Both the WIF and SPP loan programs require legislative authorization with a dedicated revenue stream in order to remain viable loan opportunities in the future.   

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This year’s Texas Floodplain Management Association (TFMA) Fall Conference will be held in Rockwall, Texas from September 19-21, 2012. 

Freese and Nichols’ staff will present the following papers for the Fall 2012 conference:

Using Calibrated Hydrology, Unsteady Hydraulics, and Stream Geomorphology to Better Define Flooding and Erosion Risks Along Marys Creek – Hector Olmos, P.E., CFM and Katie Hogan, E.I.T.

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently approved the Intended Use Plans (IUPs) for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWDRF). The SRF programs provide low-interest loans for water and wastewater projects.

The DWSRF is a below market interest loan program managed by the TWDB. The DWSRF program provides funding to governmental entities to plan, design, and/or construct water supply infrastructure, including treatment and reuse facilities. 

The CWSRF is also a below market interest loan program managed by the TWDB...

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The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is requesting applications for their Public Works and Economic Development Facilities Program. Funding is available to develop public works projects such as water, wastewater, street or stormwater infrastructure projects. Applicants must meet specific distress criteria. Competitive projects are tied to job creation.

Depending on the level of distress, the federal match is between 50 and 100 percent. Typical awards range from $500,000 to $2,000,000. Applications are due September 14, 2012. If you have questions or would like to...

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The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been reauthorized for five years, through September 30, 2017. The “Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2012," part of the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (HR 4348), was signed into law by President Obama on July 6, 2012. The American Public Works Association reports:

“In addition to the long term reauthorization, the NFIP was amended to include the following:

  • Amends the premium rate structure and establishes a Reserve Fund which will create a long-term solvency for the NFIP. To
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For more information, contact Kelly Dillard.

Freese and Nichols was contracted by the City of Arlington to formulate and design drainage improvements to alleviate the repetitive flooding of approximately 30 residential structures in the Green Meadows subdivision. The flood prone homes are located in a low-lying area which is adjacent to an existing undersized channel.

The project started in 2008 with a dynamic hydraulic modeling study and alternatives analysis. Several public meetings as well as significant public...

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A critical component for any project is obtaining the necessary financial support to fund the project. This is especially important in funding projects with a diverse customer base. The project not only needs to meet the customers’ expectations for a reliable and sustainable water supply to meet future growth, but reduce rate impacts through outside funding assistance programs.

Freese and Nichols (FNI) assisted the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) in pursuing the following Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) funding programs:

     •Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF) ...

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For more information, contact Hector Olmos.

  1. Model stability can be sensitive to the computation interval. Lowering the computation interval of your plan file may reduce your error and make the model more stable.
  2. If a drop structure is present in the model, the best way to represent it is as an inline structure.
  3. Lateral and inline structure stability factors can improve model stability. In order to improve model stability, try increasing your stability factor from 1.0. The stability increases as you approach 3.0, but
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