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Last week’s winter weather along the eastern seaboard improved drought conditions there. Drought conditions mostly expanded in the rest of the US, especially in New Mexico, Texas, and parts of the Southeast.   


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TagsCurrent Drought Conditions, Drought Index, Drought Maps, Drought Monitor, Drought Response, Drought Restrictions, Groundwater, Historical Data, reservoir levels, streamflow,


ENSO neutral status, where neither La Niña or El Niño conditions exist, continues to be expected to prevail through spring 2017. Chances for El Niño conditions to develop increase into the fall. To read more, click here.

In the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook update covering March through June 2017, drought was predicted to develop across the Texas panhandle and into New Mexico. Drought in Florida, along the eastern seaboard...

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H2O Counts: Water Conservation Incentive and Rebate Programs

Co-authored by Scott Vaughan

H2O Counts is an initiative here at FNI to identify, monitor, and disseminate information related to water conservation efforts across the United States. Our Water Resource Planners are continuously looking for ways to conserve water before investing in expensive water supply projects. The H2O Counts article series will include information that is relevant to ongoing and/or future water conservation efforts.

Visit the Texas city websites below to learn about their Water Conservation Incentive and Rebate Programs. Most programs...

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New Rainfall Data Affects Texas Dam Owners

First in a series

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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Three Questions Every Dam Owner Should Prepare For

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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Treatment Engineer Chilukuri Joins Freese and Nichols in Southeast Texas

Somnath Chilukuri, P.E., has joined Freese and Nichols as a senior project manager for our Southeast Texas Treatment, Transmission and Utilities Group. Based in Pearland, Somnath will expand our ability to serve municipalities throughout the region with a wide range of water and wastewater infrastructure services.

“As Southeast Texas continues experiencing rapid growth, more cities are seeking cost-effective solutions for expanding their water and...

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Upcoming Conservation Symposiums in Texas

The Texas Water Foundation will be hosting two water conservation symposiums next month. 

The Central Texas Water Conservation Symposium, Conservation Works! Building Programs from Simple to Sophisticated, will take place on Thursday, February 2 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Canyon View Event Center in Austin. Highlights of this symposium include national trends in water efficiency, building and tracking conservation programs, rainwater harvesting programs and conservation tools.

The 6th Annual Gulf Coast Water...

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EPA Accepting Projects Under New WIFIA Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now requesting Letters of Interest for water infrastructure projects from state, local, and tribal governments; private entities; partnerships; and State Revolving Fund programs across the country for consideration under the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Eligible projects include traditional water and wastewater projects as well as resiliency projects including desalination, aquifer recharge, water recycling and drought mitigation projects. 


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