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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...

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TagsFlooding, Innovation,

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...

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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.

Leveraging Local Funds to Provide Big Results:...

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TagsConferences, Unsteady Hydraulics, Geomorphology, Funding,

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....

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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...

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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:


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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...

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TagsHydraulic Modeling, Flood Monitoring, Innovative, Stormwater,

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...

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