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Drenching rain storms induced fear of mudslides and threatened infrastructure in California over the past week as drought conditions continue to recede.


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

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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As predicted, conditions shifted to ENSO neutral over the past month. ENSO neutral status, where neither La Niña or El Niño conditions exist, are expected to prevail through spring 2017. To read more, click here.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook update covering February through May 2017 predicted drought to continue to improve or be removed in California. Oklahoma, Arkansas, and the southeast and northeast US may also see...

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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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TWDB Requesting Projects for State Revolving Funds

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is now requesting project information forms to be considered for the Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds for the 2018 State Fiscal Year. This program provides funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects include storm/flood water.  Loan forgiveness may be available for entities that are considered disadvantaged or those that include green infrastructure. 


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SWIFT Application Period Open December 1

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) announced that it will open the application period for the 2017 funding cycle of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program on December 1. Entities may submit applications until February 3, 2017 using TWDB’s abridged online application or by paper-copy.

As a reminder, to be eligible for SWIFT funding, projects must...

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