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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently published a draft Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) for the fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The LAR includes a request of $146.3 million to fund the Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF) to implement projects in the State Water Plan. The LAR also requests $19 million to fund the State Participation Program (SPP).

The LAR is simply a request for funding. Both the WIF and SPP loan programs require legislative...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently approved the Intended Use Plans (IUPs) for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWDRF). The SRF programs provide low-interest loans for water and wastewater projects.

The DWSRF is a below market interest loan program managed by the TWDB. The DWSRF program provides funding to governmental entities to plan, design, and/or construct water supply infrastructure, including...

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Photo courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Zebra mussels are back in the news, and as they spread farther into North Texas, Freese and Nichols is helping to address the threat posed by the invasive species.

(Star-Telegram article: Officials bracing for spread of zebra mussels ​)

So far, the major impact of zebra mussels on our clients has been that North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has lost access to...

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The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is requesting applications for their Public Works and Economic Development Facilities Program. Funding is available to develop public works projects such as water, wastewater, street or stormwater infrastructure projects. Applicants must meet specific distress criteria. Competitive projects are tied to job creation.

Depending on the level of distress, the federal match is between 50 and 100 percent. Typical awards range from $500,000 to $2,000,000. Applications are due September...

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A critical component for any project is obtaining the necessary financial support to fund the project. This is especially important in funding projects with a diverse customer base. The project not only needs to meet the customers’ expectations for a reliable and sustainable water supply to meet future growth, but reduce rate impacts through outside funding assistance programs.

Freese and Nichols (FNI) assisted the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) in pursuing the following Texas Water...

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In 2008, Freese and Nichols assisted the Somervell County Water District in preparing a $32-million loan application for the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF) loan. The County was in need of relieving overuse of groundwater in the Trinity Aquifer. The District’s goal was to transition the County from groundwater to surface water. The WIF loan helped pay for the treatment facilities and distribution system.

Unfortunately that year, the TWDB received...

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Congratulations to Texas Water Development Board Executive Administrator Melanie Callahan, who was named Administrator of the Year by the Texas State Agency Business Administrator's Association (TSABAA). Ms. Callahan was named TWDB's interim executive administrator in March 2011 and executive administrator in December 2011.

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Written by Keeley Kirksey, P.E. and Rachel Ickert, P.E.

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Although drought conditions across most of Texas have improved since October of 2011, the June 19 U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that only 10 percent of the state is drought-free. This spring, reservoir levels increased significantly in many areas of the state, which has caused some Texans to resort back to a state of apathy in the hydro-illogic cycle (discussed in the April 27th...

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