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A great resource for aerial imagery and animations from NASA, “Visible Earth” recently posted a photo from one of its satellites showing the effects of the significant amount of rain the South has experienced over the last several weeks. The first image shows flooding (in dark blue) around the Mississippi and White rivers. The second image shows a map of rainfall that fell from March 7-14; the brightest shades (located in northern Louisiana, northwestern Mississippi, and a major portion of Arkansas) indicate rainfall totals of 24 inches over the span of that week.

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Low Impact Development (LID) has emerged as a highly innovative and effective approach to managing stormwater quality at the source and as a means for better mimicking natural hydrology. While many cities are excited about LID techniques, an equal number of developers and engineers are afraid of the unknown. The City of Dallas identified the need to develop LID standard details in order to ease those fears and to ensure sound design and construction of LID applications. Freese and Nichols, in coordination with Hayden Consultants, researched...

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Freese and Nichols is excited to participate in this week’s Texas Floodplain Management Association’s 2016 Spring Conference in Houston, March 9-11. We are proud to partner with TFMA as a Zone X sponsor.

We invite you to visit us in booth 510 and receive a customized luggage tag. Also, be sure to catch our presentations during the technical sessions:

Thursday, March 10

Track C - Floodplain Management Tools

10:00 a.m. - Dam Hazard

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

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Congratulations to our two new Professional Engineers – Keith Byrne, Stormwater, Fort Worth, and Jeremy Dixon, Water Resources, Houston. Both passed the eight-hour exam administered in October by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.

We now have 191 employees licensed as Professional Engineers in Texas, 26 licensed in North Carolina and 22 licensed in Oklahoma.

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The application cycle for North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund is now open and applications are due February 1, 2016. The CWMTF provides grant funds for projects with the primary purpose of conservation, preservation and restoration of the state’s environmental and natural resources. Categories of applications include:

  • Land Acquisition for Protection of Riparian Buffers, Greenways, Natural Heritage, Historical and Cultural Sites, and Military Buffers
  • Restoration Projects
  • Innovative Stormwater
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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will hold a public hearing on Dec. 14, 2015, to discuss distribution of $6.8 million in emergency flood funding. Gov. Gregg Abbott approved the funding for development of stream gages and floodplain management and planning technical assistance in November.

“The emergency transfer of these funds is imperative to our state’s future in preparing for flooding events,” said Governor Abbott. “It is critical that our state has sophisticated technology and enhanced floodplain planning in place to respond to emergency situations associated with...

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Congratulations to Emily Darr, North Carolina Engineering, who became a Certified
Floodplain Manager (CFM). Emily passed an exam to receive the certification, which is issued by the North Carolina Association of State Floodplain Managers.

Emily is the 26th FNI employee to become a Certified Floodplain Manager.​​

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