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

Freese and Nichols’ staff presented the following topics for the Fall 2012 conference, which are now available for download (click the title to view the presentation):

Using Calibrated Hydrology, Unsteady Hydraulics, and Stream Geomorphology to Better Define Flooding and Erosion Risks Along Marys Creek

  • Hector Olmos, PE, CFM – Freese
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TagsTexas Floodplain Management Association, City of Fort Worth, City of Bryan, City of Benbrook,

The Still Creek Watershed in Bryan, Texas, had a habit of flooding in unexpected places. Some areas along the creek and its tributaries flooded on a regular basis. Other areas like the Lynndale Acres subdivision had a history of flooding outside of the Federal Emergency Management Agency floodplain. This area was identified by the City's Stormwater CIP Masterplan as the most severe flooding problem in Bryan due in part to storms in 2007 and 2009 that flooded over a dozen homes each occurrence. This area of Bryan also included numerous repetitive flood loss properties and a couple of severe...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently published a request for applications for their Flood Protection Planning (FPP) Grant. The FPP can be used to develop flood protection studies and/or plans for watersheds to address flooding in a watershed. 

Freese and Nichols has been successful in assisting our clients in obtaining this grant. The FPP grant provides 50 percent matching funds. The total available funding allocated to this program is $900,000. 

The application deadline is January 23, 2013. Please contact Freese and Nichols if you have any questions about a...

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Typically, this time of year is “grant season” for many of our stormwater projects. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors a number of annual grants that can be used for stormwater projects. All FEMA annual grant programs have been delayed until the Congressional budget is finalized. The expectation is that the budget will be finalized following the Presidential election in November, which will likely open the grant application period in December or January. However, there is a slim chance that funding could be made available in October if Congress approves a six-month...

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Freese and Nichols, Inc. and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) have collaborated to provide training classes on Bioretention Design, Downstream Assessments, and Maintenance and Inspection of Stormwater Controls. These courses are in conjunction with the integrated Stormwater Management (iSWM™) Program.

Videos of the three courses along with associated handouts are available at no charge on the NCTCOG website.

Note: Bioretention Design varies based on regional characteristics and the video noted above is...

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When a Freese and Nichols Southeast Division team replaced the Jones Creek Spillway​, west of Houston, they designed and built it to withstand an extreme scenario. But they probably didn't expect such an event to happen so soon.

On May 11, four days after completion, the Spillway was tested by a storm just under the 100-year storm event: a flood that resulted in headwaters only one foot below the design elevation. The project passed the test, and the team was pleased to see it operate as intended. 

The design included installation of flood gauges on the upstream side of the...

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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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