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The City of Aledo experienced a population boom in the mid-1990s and has continued to grow at an unprecedented rate. In 2007, the City of Aledo began the process to secure funding through the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for a new wastewater treatment plant. Then in 2008, Aledo asked Freese and Nichols to assist the City with the funding, design and construction of a new, larger wastewater treatment plant. Freese and Nichols and the City pursued the TWDB CWSRF. The CWSRF is a low-interest loan that...

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The Texas Legislature is back in session!  You can find updates on proposed infrastructure bills and other legislative activity on a variety of websites, including:

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In Texas, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) administers surface water rights by priority doctrine (first in time, first in right). When a senior water right holder is not getting the water to which it is entitled, it can make a senior water right call and request TCEQ enforcement of the priority doctrine. The drought of 2011 and ongoing drought conditions have challenged the priority doctrine.

In 2011, TCEQ received 15 senior water right calls resulting in the suspension of approximately 1,200 water right permits. Senior water right calls were made in the Brazos,...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has some remaining uncommitted loan funding available for “shovel-ready” water and wastewater construction projects. Applications are due Friday, January 4, 2013. 

The TWDB will soon be accepting applications for the next round of Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan programs. Project Information Forms are due to the TWDB on March 1, 2013.

Please contact Jill Trevino at Freese and Nichols with questions about these funding opportunities.


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The Bureau of Reclamation is requesting applications for its WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant for Fiscal Year 2013. Projects submitted for funding should seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, complement ongoing efforts to address water supply sustainability, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water.

The estimated total program funding available is $21 million. Applicants can receive up to $1.5 million for their projects and must provide 50 percent matching...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently published a request for applications for its Regional Facility Planning Grant. The planning grant can be used to evaluate feasible options for regional water supply and/or wastewater facility needs. At least two political subdivisions must participate in the study and more than one service area must be evaluated for future water or wastewater service.

Applications are due December 20, 2012. The total funding that has been allocated to the planning grant is $400,000. Applicants must provide 50 percent matching funds.

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H2O4Texas has produced a short video that serves as a reminder that the drought is not over for some areas in Texas and that implementing the strategies in the State Water Plan is critical to our future. Click here to watch the video.

Freese and Nichols is a sponsor of the ​H2O4TEXAS Coalition, which was created to increase public awareness of the critical water shortfalls facing our state and mobilize support for full implementation of the State Water Plan. Visit the...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has provided an update on the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) application process. At this time, the categories for which DWSRF funding has been spoken include disadvantaged communities, very small communities, and green projects. Funds are still available in the mainstream DWSRF. Click here for more details.

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