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Dallas wants to be the leader of major U.S. cities when it comes to protecting the environment. The City has already adopted one of the most progressive green building ordinances to address the design of structures, and now Freese and Nichols is working with Dallas to implement the Integrated Stormwater Management Design Manual for Site Development (iSWM) to better handle stormwater runoff from the land around those buildings.

Future Development
City leaders want future development and redevelopment to take place in a way that is more protective of the natural...

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As part of the firm’s Bee Cave Parkway project, Freese and Nichols designed a two-span pedestrian and cyclist crossing under Bee Cave Parkway and alongside Freitag Creek to provide access to the city park. Throughout the project, keeping close to Freitag Creek’s natural features was crucial to the City.

Innovative Creek Crossing under Bee Cave Parkway
Freese and Nichols innovatively designed Freitag Creek’s two-span pedestrian crossing under Bee Cave Parkway as a multi-purpose facility able to provide pedestrian and cyclist access as well as convey stormwater...

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For more information, contact Lesley Brooks.

Traditional planning and design of stormwater management systems focuses on minimizing construction costs and maximizing developable land. Decades of using the traditional method and micro-designing stormwater management systems has created a chaotic network of pocket detention ponds and stressed pipe and channel systems, which municipalities are struggling to obtain sufficient funding to repair. The impacts on these systems are further exacerbated by increases in projected population and the...

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United States in a Stormwater Funding Crisis
According to Steve Allbee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, our nation is underfunding necessary stormwater, wastewater and water infrastructure improvements by at least $540 billion. Considering that most cities typically maintain only water and wastewater utility funding sources, this nationwide funding deficit is particularly alarming for those of us in stormwater management.

New Requirements Result in Growing Costs
With Phase II MS4 stormwater quality requirements officially in...

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Mitigating flood hazards has become a necessity for many municipalities pursuing a more sustainable community and increased environmental quality. Fortunately, federal funding is available, usually in a 75-percent/25-percent federal/local cost share arrangement, through the authorization of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. In Texas, most of the flood hazard mitigation grants are administered through the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). Applying for and winning grants is a year-round activity. The...

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TagsTWDB, TDEM, HMAP, Funding,

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