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Freese and Nichols is proud to attend and sponsor the 2016 Texas Floodplain Management Association Fall Summit in Austin! If you're attending, we hope you can catch our presentations:

Thursday, Sept. 8

2:00 p.m. | Track A - Floodplain Management
A1 - Building a Stormwater CIP at Fort Hood
Lynn Schaub, CPESC, DPW Engineering, Fort Hood, TX; Thomas Caffarel, P.E., CFM; Freese and Nichols; Katie Hogan, P.E., CFM; Freese and Nichols; Evan Burn, EIT, CFM; Freese and Nichols

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The USACE has released a new version of HEC-HMS that has several new capabilities including forecast baseflow automatic initialization, forecast reservoir automatic initialization, uncertainty analysis empirical distribution, annual pattern evapotranspiration and compute to a point. Additionally, several existing features were changed and problems were repaired. For a more detailed description of the changes and to download the model, check out the links below.

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UPDATE: The USACE posted the following update on their website, regarding HEC-RAS Version 5.0.2 - “We've temporarily taken down HEC-RAS 5.0.2 to investigate a critical bug with simplified physical breaching computations. We will be releasing a 5.0.3 soon to fix this issue. We apologize for any inconvenience that this might cause. If you need to download HEC-RAS in the meantime please use the 5.0.1 download links available in the archived versions section below.”

Original Post: The USACE has released a new version of HEC-RAS that...

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The Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) TXR050000 regulates the discharge of stormwater runoff associated with industrial activities. The new 2016 MSGP for industrial facilities has been issued with an effective date of August 14, 2016.

Does this apply to you?

If you are a regulated industrial sector and you discharge stormwater associated with industrial activity into stormwater conveyances (e.g., gutters, streets, ditches) or into surface water in the state (e.g., streams, ponds, lakes, wetlands...

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Kim Patak and Will Huff, Stormwater, Austin, presented a brownbag to 41 TxDOT area engineering staff in June related to stormwater detention analysis. Kim presented the basics of detention analysis, different methodologies and criteria, and software packages available to assist designers. Will presented a case study for Freese and Nichols’ Bee Cave Parkway project comparing a pond design using the modified rational and unit hydrograph methodologies. Although the unit hydrograph...

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The Texas General Land Office's Community Development and Revitalization (CDR) division is requesting communities affected by 2015 flooding to complete a survey, due July 31, to help them gather information on how the regions were affected by the disaster and to capture the needs and priorities of affected communities.

Take the survey here...

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FEMA announced that a fillable version of the 2015 Elevation Certificate (FEMA Form 086-0-33) is now available on its website at ...

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The Texas Floodplain Management Association (TFMA) opened registration for their 2016 Fall Technical Summit, to be held at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin/Bastrop, Texas, from September 7th to September 9th.

Freese and Nichols will be giving presentations within the Floodplain Management, Hydrology & Hydraulics, Stream Restoration, Modeling & Ethics, and Floodplain Administrator’s Discussions Tracks. Visit TFMA's website to register or to learn more about TFMA and...

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