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Hoffman Receives Wetland Certification

Congratulations to Karl Hoffman, Environmental Science, Fort Worth, who has been certified as a Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) by the Society of Wetland Scientists.

A PWS must have at least five years' professional work experience,
which can include graduate-level education; professional
recommendations from other wetland scientists; and 15...

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Significant precipitation last week brought drought condition improvements to the southern Plains. Drought conditions expanded and intensified across 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, is expected to prevail through spring 2017. Chances for El Niño conditions to develop increase as we head into the fall. To read more, click here.

In the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook update covering April through July 2017, drought was predicted to develop and persist across the southeast. Small remaining pockets of drought in California and Arizona are...

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TagsLa Nina, Forecasts, Drought Outlook, Drought Maps, Climate,

FNI Presents HEC-RAS 2D Workshop for OWRB

John Rutledge, Patrick Miles, and Garrett Johnston, all professional engineers with Freese and Nichols, conducted a three-day HEC-RAS 2D workshop in Oklahoma City, hosted by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) Dam Safety program. Discussion and activities focused on applications and benefits of HEC-RAS 2D modeling; RAS Mapper and terrain preparation; running 1D and 2D models including dam, levee, and breach modeling; viewing results with RAS Mapper; troubleshooting and model review. The workshop included a number of hands-on modeling...

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TagsOklahoma Water Resources Board, HEC-RAS,

Our Texas Water Presentations and More

Texas Water 2017 is this week! If you're attending the conference in Austin, Texas, visit Freese and Nichols in booth 1225/1227 or catch a few of our presentations:

Tuesday, April 11

1:30 - 2 p.m. - Boron Removal from Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Using Chemical Coagulation: Processes and Mechanisms
Darpan Chorghe and Shankar Chellam of Texas A&M University; University Forum Track

2:30 - 3 p.m. - A Trenchless Approach to...

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A New Decision-Making Tool for Texas Dam Owners

Second in a series

As we discussed last month, a recent study published by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) could affect many Texas dam owners. The study updates the probable maximum precipitation (PMP) data, and in many cases it has changed the amounts of rainfall that dams are...

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H2O Counts: Current Legislative Session - Bills Concerning Water Conservation

H2O Counts is an Freese and Nichols initiative to identify, monitor, and disseminate information related to water conservation efforts within Texas and other states. As Water Resource Planners, we are continuously looking for ways to conserve water before investing in expensive water supply projects. The H2O Counts blog posts will include information that is relevant to ongoing and/or future water conservation efforts.

As you may be aware, the Texas legislative session is currently underway. The House bills are expected to pass House by May 12, 2017 and the Senate bills are...

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TagsWater conservation, texas legislature, Texas House Bill,

Reuse – Great Idea, But How Do We Pay for It?

Reuse has been widely implemented in recent years, but many times capital cost is a barrier to implementing reuse systems. Even after overcoming capital cost, water suppliers are sometimes at a loss when determining appropriate rate structures for reuse customers that will benefit both the customers and the supplier.

American Water Works Association (AWWA) Manual M1 Principles of Water Rates, Fees, and Charges has long been the gold standard for water suppliers in determining what rates to...

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