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Congratulations to Stephanie Coffman, Environmental Science, Fort Worth, who was elected President of the Texas Chapter of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG). As President of the Texas Chapter, Stephanie also joins the AEG National Board of Directors. Stephanie will serve as Chapter President until October 2017.

AEG is the...

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Jay Scanlon, Stormwater, Austin, has been appointed to the City of Austin's Flood Mitigation Task Force (FMTF). The FMTF was created by the City Council to gather information and develop recommendations related to citywide and area flooding and its impacts to property, public safety, and City finances, with an emphasis on flood mitigation solutions and funding options. The FMTF is...

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Congratulations to Kim Patak, Stormwater, Austin, who became President of the Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Austin Chapter for the 2015-2016 term. Also, Will Huff, Stormwater, Austin, is continuing his efforts as Communications Chair for a second year. Under their leadership, the Chapter plans on hosting their annual water resources workshop, designing and constructing rain gardens with the community, and building...

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For the third consecutive year, Freese and Nichols partnered with the West Texas Region of the Texas Floodplain Management Association and the City of Lubbock to host a floodplain seminar for municipal professionals. More than 20 people attended the Oct. 29 “Municipal Floodplain Challenges and TFMA Updates” seminar. Instructors Heather Keister, P.E., CFM, Katie Hogan, P.E., CFM, both Freese and Nichols; Steven Nelson, P.E., CFM, City of Lubbock and TFMA Region 1 Director; and Nathan Rigler, P.E., CFM, Hugo Reed and Associates, led eight workshops over the course of the day, presenting on...

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) finalized the Clean Water Rule in May 2015 in an attempt to more clearly define waters of the U.S. This rule is not currently in effect as it is now under federal review. The U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit is to evaluate if they have the authority to challenge the legality of the final rule.

The final rule identified four categories of regulated...

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Freese and Nichols, Inc. would like to thank Eduardo Acosta, P.E., CFM, LEED AP (pictured in the middle below), the former City of Austin Stormwater Pond Safety Program Manager, for the following guest post.


The City of Austin’s Stormwater Pond Safety Program (SPSP) is recognized as one of the nation’s premier municipal dam safety programs and received the ...

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Cottonwood Creek is a small urban channel passing through Sandy Lane Park in east Fort Worth. The City of Fort Worth recently discovered that erosion had resulted in loss of park land and damage to City infrastructure, including the collapse of a portion of Sandy Lane Park Drive and a storm drain outfall.

Under an on-call fluvial geomorphological services contract with the City of Fort Worth, our team assessed the channel’s erosion and unstable areas, evaluated solutions...

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A recent amendment to stormwater utility laws in Texas, House Bill 1662, passed during the recently concluded session of the Texas Legislature that includes two key changes. The amendment clarifies the availability of partial exemptions for tax-exempt religious institutions and adds closed cemeteries to the list of properties that can be exempt. The new law went into effect May 28, 2015.

Local Government Code 552.053(d)

(d) A municipality may exempt property owned by...

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