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In response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, as well as six other federally-declared flood emergencies in the state since 2015, the Texas House Committee on Natural Resource s was commissioned to evaluate the roles of public entities in flood control and to incorporate recommendations from the Texas Water Development Board ’s State Flood Assessment. The State Flood Assessment identified three pillars of flood management: mapping, planning...

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Freese and Nichols welcomes Krista Bethune Melnar, PE, an accomplished project manager experienced with large federal contracts as well as state and local resiliency projects, as the new Stormwater Practice Leader. She also will manage the Central Texas Stormwater Group, including the Austin and San Marcos offices, to support the needs of clients in that region.

Krista has more than 19 years of experience in Texas and nationally, providing innovative solutions and managing...

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have proposed a new definition of "Waters of the United States."

This new definition will clarify what is considered a federally protected waterway and a state protected waterway as part of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The press release regarding the proposed definition can be viewed here .

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Freese and Nichols' Kim Patak will present “When Rivers and Infrastructure Collide,” Jan. 23 at the Texas Regional Stormwater Conference in New Braunfels.

Millions of dollars are spent each year repairing America’s infrastructure due to damage from stream erosion. Concepts of fluvial geomorphology, planning and holistic engineering are integrated into the resiliency approach to prevent, protect, respond and recover from problems caused by stream erosion.

This presentation uses real-world examples to outline...

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The TCEQ is scheduled to approve the next five-year general permit (TXR040000) for Phase II (Small) MS4s on Jan. 16, 2019, and the permit will be issued a few days later. While the current five-year general permit is scheduled to expire Dec. 12, 2018, TCEQ has stated it will administratively extend the provisions of the current permit to provide continuous coverage until the effective date of the new permit. Regulated...

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One of the highlights of Freese and Nichols' fifth year in North Carolina was landing its first contract with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

Under a three-year agreement, Freese and Nichols is available to provide a range of on-call services for NCDOT’s Hydraulics Unit, including:

Read More - Helping NCDOT Recover From Hurricane Florence

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The USACE has released HEC-HMS version 4.3. This update includes a few new features such as the redesign of the optimization trial when calibrating parameters, a new reach routing method, and enhancements to other routing methods. There are also bug fixes as outlined in the release notes .

This version supersedes all previous versions and can be downloaded here click here .

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The National Weather Service predicts a wetter-than-usual winter for the South and Southeastern United States. Coming on top of a string of stormy, soggy months that inundated communities from Central Texas to the Carolina coast, that forecast indicates that we should stay prepared for the potential of more flooding in coming months.

We should not underestimate the power of rushing water. Most flood-related drownings occur when cars drive into floodwaters or...

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