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Freese and Nichols is pleased to announce the arrival of our coastal team! The addition of coastal expertise to our existing team of environmental scientists, hydrologists and engineers further strengthens our award-winning environmental and engineering capabilities, and allows Freese and Nichols to be the top provider for integrated water resource-related services across Texas and the Gulf Coast. Whether involving aviaries, fisheries, wetlands, oysters or other issues, our team has specialized study, planning and design capabilities to assist you with any aspect of coastal restoration....

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A recent study by Cornell University, the University of Arizona and the U.S. Geological Survey revealed an 80 percent chance of a decade-long drought occurring in the southwestern United States, extending from Southern California to West Texas. Equally troubling, the study also mentioned a 20 percent to 50 percent chance of a 35-year “megadrought” occurring in the region. ...

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Freese and Nichols made a big impact at the 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE Pipelines Conference, August 3-6 in Portland, Ore. Besides socializing with awards luncheon guest speaker and former astronaut Colonel Rick Searfoss, we were a Copper Sponsor for the conference, and many employees attended, presented and moderated technical...

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As of September 1, 2014, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas will officially be handling all retail public utility water and wastewater rates, certificates of convenience and necessity (CCN) and sale transfer mergers (STM), which were previously handled by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This was part of the Sunset Advisory Commission’s recommendation to the 83rd legislature to allow “TCEQ to focus on its core environmental mission while...

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The Water Environment Federation is hosting a free webcast on Wednesday, Aug. 27, titled “Innovative Approaches to Financing and Funding Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Investments” from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Central). 

The webcast, worth 2 PDH credits, will cover three alternatives to traditional funding streams for stormwater infrastructure investment, and will be delivered by thought-leaders in this space. Topics covered will include community-based...

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On November 5, 2013, Texas voters approved Proposition 6, creating the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas (SWIRFT), which reallocated 2 billion dollars from the rainy fund to support the implementation of the State Water Plan. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) published...

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Last month, Freese and Nichols attended the annual Water Reuse in Texas conference in Houston. David Jackson, P.E., BCEE, Water/Wastewater Treatment Group Manager, presented an update on the City of Cleburne’s water reuse program. Freese and Nichols has assisted the City with the development of their reuse program since its inception in 1997 and was recently selected to help with expansion of the program to provide additional industrial supply and indirect potable reuse....

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Next month, the WateReuse Association will host its 29th Annual WateReuse Symposium in Dallas. The event allows water professionals to “learn about the latest innovations in water recycling and desalination” and to “find solutions to critical water supply issues.”

Freese and Nichols will attend the Sept. 7-10 event and will be in booth #17. Be sure to stop by and speak with our team members there or at one of our presentations:

Sunday, Sept. 7

  • 2:00 p.m. – “Even a Good Problem Needs a Solution: When
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