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Despite the recent rains, Texas is still in a severe drought. Municipalities, counties, planning organizations, and regional water districts are increasingly directing their focus on planning and developing strategies for long-term water resources.

In response to this continuing crisis, Freese and Nichols, in collaboration with the City of Dallas, is pleased to host an engaging and informative seminar on the drought, climate change and its implications for Texas, and water supply strategies. This seminar will provide a productive discussion of the current water situation and

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Freese and Nichols is currently following a recent policy change in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs that would make funding available for dam and levee work.

The new policy, titled “Eligibility of Flood Risk Reduction Measures under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Programs,” available here, changes current guidance documents to allow for the construction, demolition, or mitigation of dams, dikes, levees, floodwalls, seawalls, groins...

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The 2014 Farm Bill has provided the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Watershed Rehabilitation Program with $262 million in funding for dam rehabilitation. Texas has received a portion of these funds for projects related to the rehabilitation of NRCS dams constructed under the Watershed Program and Pilot Watershed Program. Rehabilitation can include:

  • Extending the life of the dam
  • Addressing deterioration of components of the dam
  • Repairs from catastrophic storms
  • Upgrades needed to meet state dam safety laws
  • Decommission
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The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) cannot be held liable for not allowing enough fresh water to reach the estuary where 23 endangered whooping cranes perished in the winter of 2008. The lawsuit, brought by The Aransas Project, argued that the TCEQ was responsible for the crane deaths by allowing too many users to withdraw water upstream, causing a decline of fresh water into the estuary. The...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) announced on their website that they have approved the proposed draft State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) rules for publication in the Texas Register. This means the formal comment period is open and citizens are encouraged to review the draft and submit public comments. Individuals will also have opportunities to comment on the draft rules at several TWDB work...

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For a limited time, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has some remaining funds, including loan forgiveness, available from both the State Fiscal Year 2014 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) programs. Funding amounts available for the programs are as follows:

CWSRF

  • $1,819,378 in Disadvantaged Community Funding
  • $164,653,476 in Non-Equivalency Loan Funding
  • The CWSRF program is currently offering interest rate
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As a leading example of our FNI Water™ best practices, the Trinity River Authority’s (TRA) Central Regional Wastewater System’s On-Site Storage System (OSSS), was recently highlighted in the Water Environment Federation’s April 2014 issue of the Water Environment & Technology (WE&T) publication. This wet weather flow management facility provided TRA with significant cost savings over a traditional wastewater treatment expansion or blending...

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) recently posted its Request for Grant Applications for Fiscal Year 2015 nonpoint source projects under the Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Grant Program. Eligible applicants include Texas agencies, political subdivisions of the State of Texas, and nonprofit organizations. The grant provides a 60-percent federal match to develop or implement Total Maximum Daily Load studies (TMDLs) and Watershed Protection Plans (WPPs). Applications are due July 31...

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