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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently published a request for applications for its Regional Facility Planning Grant. The total funding that has been allocated to the planning grant is $500,000. The grant provides up to 50 percent State funds for the evaluation and determination of feasible alternatives to meet water supply and/or wastewater facility needs. 

The grant is regional in nature and requires at least two political subdivisions to participate in the study. The political subdivisions must have the authority to plan, implement and operate regional water supply and...

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Tuesday, Sept. 24, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approved a water right permit for the Lake Ralph Hall project in Fannin County. The new reservoir will increase available water supplies for customers of the Upper Trinity Regional Water District (UTRWD) by at least 10 billion gallons a year, but permits yet to be approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are required before this project can become a reality. However, TCEQ’s approval – the first since 1985 to allow a water supply reservoir to be permitted – paves the way for the USACE permitting process to...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) announced on their website that Kevin Patteson has been named its new executive administrator.

From the article: " 'Kevin Patteson has the skill set and experiences that will help us move the State Water Plan forward and help our regional water planning groups prioritize water management strategies and projects,' said Board Chairman Carlos Rubinstein. 'He has a demonstrated ability to understand and work with state and federal agencies in moving toward water project implementation.' "

He will begin serving on Oct. 1, 2013.  ...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently announced the approval of the State Fiscal Year 2014 Clean Water (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Intended Use...

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Effective Sept. 1, Carlos Rubinstein, Bech Bruun and Mary Ann Williamson are the new full-time members of the three member board of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). Gov. Rick Perry announced the new members today. The purpose of the board is to "provide leadership, planning, and financial and technical assistance for the responsible development of water for Texas."

Read the full announcement here.

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Freese and Nichols, Inc. is hosting an Innovative Funding Seminar on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Pearland, Texas.

This class will focus on select grant and loan opportunities that are available for stormwater, transportation, water resources, water and wastewater studies and projects. Instructors and facilitators include:

  • Stephanie Griffin, P.E., CFM, Funding Specialist, Freese and Nichols, Inc.
  • Ron Bavarian, P.E., Infrastructure Group Manager, Freese and Nichols, Inc.
  • Alan Hutson, P.E., ENV SP, Water/Wastewater Group Manager, Freese
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced on their website that they are accepting nominations for the 2014 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards:

  • “These annual awards recognize achievements across Texas that significantly reduce waste, conserve natural resources, and prevent pollution. Deadline for applications is Oct. 4.”

Read the full announcement on TCEQ’s website.

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As Texas continues to feel the effects of drought, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), and Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) are asking citizens across the state to help them “capture what the drought looks like for them” by sharing photos of their surroundings. The photo campaign launched Aug. 5 on Flickr, a public photo-sharing website, and already has more than 100 photos posted. The departments are also encouraging Texans to post their photos to Twitter and Instagram, using...

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