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In order to allow for development around the Will Rogers Memorial Center, Freese and Nichols provided design services for the realignment of Harley Avenue.

Freese and Nichols evaluated how to route a large upstream drainage area through the project while considering downstream ecological impacts to the multiple stakeholders in this active community. This project involved extensive coordination with these stakeholders, including Fort Worth Botanic Garden, potential future upstream improvements in the Eastern Arlington Heights neighborhood, site-specific environmental constraints set...

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In 2008, Freese and Nichols assisted the Somervell County Water District in preparing a $32-million loan application for the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF) loan. The County was in need of relieving overuse of groundwater in the Trinity Aquifer. The District’s goal was to transition the County from groundwater to surface water. The WIF loan helped pay for the treatment facilities and distribution system.

Unfortunately that...

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The North Texas Land/Water Sustainability Forum is organizing a Low Impact Development (LID) design competition in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). The competition includes designs for four professional projects and one student project, all located within the DFW Metroplex. The professional competition features projects in urban redevelopment, green streets, mixed use development and multi-family development while the student competition focuses on urban residential redevelopment.  Contestants are challenged with creating a design for each of these projects using iSWM design techniques for low...

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The Texas Water Development Board is expected to have funds available in the Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF) left from the previous year’s appropriations to implement State Water Plan projects. The deadline to submit applications for this funding is August 1, 2012. Please note that after this funding is spent, no additional funding will be available for this loan without legislative authorization. Although the voters approved a $6-billion debt offering, these funds will not have incentives, discounts or deferrals until the legislature provides a revenue stream for the debt service on those...

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Freese and Nichols is now part of a new InfoWorks Texas User Group (IWTXUG) comprised of other firms and municipalities. The group has developed a website with goals to facilitate:

  • More coordinated discussions with Innovyze
  • Provide links to discussion groups for dealing with modeling issues
  • Identifying training needs and scheduling training
  • Other purposes as they may arise

Thus far, the group has met with Innovyze representatives to discuss the new ICM software, customer support issues, and feature...

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Freese and Nichols is highly experienced in the development and management of large and small CIPs, and over the years we've encountered several common questions among clients who are considering a CIP for their own communities. Following are brief responses to those questions that we hope will be helpful to our readers. However, please do not hesitate to call any of our Ebb and Flow contacts for more information. We're glad to help!

What is a Stormwater CIP?

A CIP is a tool that can be used by a municipality to prioritize which stormwater maintenance or...

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In March 2011, FEMA agreed to end its policy of disregarding non-accredited levees and flood structures in the process of updating FIRMs. This “all or nothing” approach to evaluating levees and the flood risks behind them affects levee owners who cannot or will not develop technical data for FEMA accreditation of their levees.

New Rules Proposed, Now Being Finalized
FEMA has now proposed new rules for “Analysis and Mapping Procedures for Non-Accredited Levees.” These rules were provided for public review, and the comment period ended January 30. FEMA is now...

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