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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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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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