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In the January 2019 Climate Prediction Center update, it was determined that El Niño is expected to form and continue through the Northern Hemisphere spring 2019 (~65 percent chance). The late winter and early spring tend to be the most favorable months for coupling, so forecasters still believe weak El Niño conditions will emerge shortly. To read more, click here.

In the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook update covering January...

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Drought conditions have not changed significantly overall. The DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) remained at 58. A mixture of rain and snow accompanied a low-pressure system from the Great Lakes to New England during early January. Additionally, on Jan. 14, heavy snow to elevations above 5,000 feet and locally heavy rain occurred from the Los Angeles area south to San Diego.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation...

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Do you have a water, wastewater, and/or stormwater project and you need funding assistance? 

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has just opened the solicitation period for projects for the SFY 2020 Clean Water and...

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The Texas Water Development Board is now accepting Abridged Applications for the 2019 funding cycle of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas, or SWIFT.

Abridged applications are due Feb. 1.

Through four funding cycles, the SWIFT program has committed $6.2 billion to fund recommended water management strategy projects listed in the ...

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The Bureau of Reclamation has announced 11 funding opportunities for more than $100 million through their 2019 WaterSmart programs.

WaterSmart Grants – $34 million for the planning and implementation of actions to increase water supply through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and reduce local water...

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Freese and Nichols is proud to host the next five-day asset management certification course conducted by the Institute for Asset Management. The class will be Feb. 25 to March 1 at our office in Austin, Texas.

Why is this course beneficial?

At the end of the course, attendees will be certified in internationally recognized

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We’re proud to announce a new, user-friendly tool for developing water conservation plans and regional water plans, along with upcoming training.

As part of the consultant team for the Texas Water Development Board, Freese and Nichols provided input in the development of the Texas Municipal Water...

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Winter is coming – the first official day of winter is Dec. 21.

As a dam owner, you can take advantage of these changed conditions by going out and doing an inspection. 

Here are some things to look for as Old Man Winter approaches.

  • Hopefully you got that end-of-season mowing completed and now the vegetation is not obscuring your ability to take a good look at your dam. Look for deficiencies that may have occurred due to our
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