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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is offering a number of work sessions to gather public input and ideas on “developing rules for how the SWIFT (State Water Implementation Fund for Texas) will be used.” These sessions are open to the public and will be offered across the state.

The Board is hosting its second work session on Monday, Feb. 24 at the Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock. Freese and Nichols’ Heather Keister, Stormwater Engineering, is attending and will be...

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Water is essential for human life and necessary for economic development and growth. In fact, it was the lack of water that first inspired the DroughtSense blog as a way to provide valuable information during a time of prolonged drought. As population grows and water resources become scarcer, it has never been more important to develop and maintain a safe, dependable water supply, which is why Freese and Nichols is proud to announce FNI Water™, an initiative to provide a comprehensive, environmentally-responsible approach to water supply...

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced Wednesday on their website that the TCEQ Commissioners unanimously appointed Richard A. Hyde, P.E., to succeed Zak Covar as TCEQ Executive Director starting Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

From the article: “Hyde has served as deputy executive director since 2012. He also served as deputy director of the Office of Compliance and Enforcement, the Office of Permitting and Registration, and was director of the Air Permits Division for five years. Hyde joined the TCEQ in 1992 and worked as a permit engineer, team leader,...

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced Monday on their website that Gov. Rick Perry appointed Zak Covar to serve as TCEQ Commissioner starting Friday, January 10, 2014.

From the article: “Covar served as TCEQ Executive Director since 2012 … Covar joined the agency in 2007. In 2008, he joined the executive director’s staff to serve as assistant deputy executive director, deputy executive director, and in 2012, was appointed as the executive director of the agency. 

Richard A. Hyde, P.E., formerly Deputy Executive Director, was appointed to...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is hosting State Revolving Fund (SRF) Financial Assistance Workshops this month. The workshops will provide information on the Fiscal Year 2015 SRF programs and application process, including the March 3 deadline to submit Project Information Forms (PIFs) for inclusion in the Intended Use Plan (IUP). The schedule of workshops is posted on TWDB’s...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently announced a project solicitation for the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds (SRF). The application process involves two steps: (1) prepare and submit Project Information Form (PIF) and (2) submit a formal loan application (if invited). The Project Information Form includes a summary of the proposed project and a cost estimate sealed by a professional engineer. For applicants requesting consideration as economically disadvantaged, some financial information is also required. 

The deadline for submitting PIFs for the...

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Water Development Board are requiring revised Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plans to be submitted no later than May 1, 2014, less than five months from today. Entities that do not submit a plan will not be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Texas Water Development Board.

Well-crafted plans function as a playbook for water management teams as they encounter supply challenges and uncertainties. Freese and Nichols will equip you with the tools you need to develop your own plans...

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The Texas voters approved Proposition 6 on Nov. 5, 2013. The approval of Prop 6 makes a one-time allocation of $2 billion from the State’s economic stabilization fund to the newly created State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). 

What happens next? According to the timeline posted on the Texas Water Development Board’s website, the Regional Water Planning Group stakeholder committee will develop project prioritization standards. The development and approval of these rules will take a while....

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