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As we discussed last month, a recent study published by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) could affect many Texas dam owners. The study updates the probable maximum precipitation (PMP) data, and in many cases it has changed the amounts of...

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Congratulations to our two new Professional Engineers – Evan Burn, Stormwater, Dallas, and Ashley Poe, Water Resource Planning/Stormwater, Houston. Both passed the eight-hour exam administered in October by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.

Freese and Nichols now has 193 employees licensed as Professional Engineers in Texas, 36 licensed in Oklahoma, 28 licensed in North Carolina, and 16 licensed in Georgia.

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Congratulations to Luke Andreasen, Engineer II, Oklahoma, who became a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM.) Luke passed an exam to receive the certification, which is issued by the Oklahoma Floodplain Management Association.​ ​​​

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The Texas Emergency GIS Response Team (EGRT) is having a training class on Friday, March 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Freese & Nichols office in Austin. This in-person class is provided to you for free. Please bring a laptop and EGRT can provide a 1-year ArcGIS license if you need. 

Once you complete training the time commitment is minimal until you are needed. You may be asked to volunteer for a 6-hour shift in a local or regional ...

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is holding an MS4 Stakeholder meeting Tuesday, March 21 to begin efforts related to the TPDES Phase II MS4 General Permit renewal due December 2018. The meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. at TCEQ headquarters located at 12100 Park 35 Circle; Building E; Conference Room 201S in Austin, Texas. The meeting will also be broadcast online at http://www.texasadmin.com/tceqs.shtml

Cities, counties, municipal utility districts,...

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Newly published rainfall data could have significant effects for dam owners in Texas, including cities, counties, water districts and river authorities.

In January, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) released a new probable maximum precipitation (PMP) study for the entire state, plus adjacent regions that drain into Texas. This study updated the raw precipitation data on which dam analyses and studies are based. View the final...

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In light of recent flooding incidents at dams across the country, dam safety is now on the minds of many Americans. Many dam owners are receiving questions from constituents wondering about their nearby dams.

If your organization owns a dam, here are three questions you should be ready to answer:

  1. Is our dam safe?
  2. If a flood happened here, would our dam withstand it?
  3. What would we do if our dam had an emergency?

If you don’t know the answers, we can help. Here are the best practices we recommend:

  1. Have your dam regularly inspected
  2. ...

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We are pleased to announce that Kelly Dillard was selected as Engineer of the Year by the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE). Kelly Dillard, P.E., CFM, ENV SP, is a firm Principal and Practice Leader of the Stormwater Management Group. She also leads the Freese and Nichols Sustainability Committee. Kelly was nominated...

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