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John Rutledge, Patrick Miles, and Garrett Johnston, all professional engineers with Freese and Nichols, conducted a three-day HEC-RAS 2D workshop in Oklahoma City, hosted by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) Dam Safety program. Discussion and activities focused on applications and benefits of HEC-RAS 2D modeling; RAS Mapper and terrain preparation; running 1D and 2D models including dam, levee, and breach modeling; viewing results with RAS Mapper; troubleshooting and model review. The workshop included a number of hands-on modeling...

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Texas Water 2017 is this week! If you're attending the conference in Austin, Texas, visit Freese and Nichols in booth 1225/1227 or catch a few of our presentations:

Tuesday, April 11

1:30 - 2 p.m. - Boron Removal from Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Using Chemical Coagulation: Processes and Mechanisms
Darpan Chorghe and Shankar Chellam of Texas A&M University; University Forum Track

2:30 - 3 p.m. - A Trenchless Approach to...

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As we discussed last month, a recent study published by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) could affect many Texas dam owners. The study updates the probable maximum precipitation (PMP) data, and in many cases it has changed the amounts of rainfall that dams are...

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H2O Counts is an Freese and Nichols initiative to identify, monitor, and disseminate information related to water conservation efforts within Texas and other states. As Water Resource Planners, we are continuously looking for ways to conserve water before investing in expensive water supply projects. The H2O Counts blog posts will include information that is relevant to ongoing and/or future water conservation efforts.

As you may be aware, the Texas legislative session is currently underway. The House bills are expected to pass House by May 12, 2017 and the Senate bills are...

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Reuse has been widely implemented in recent years, but many times capital cost is a barrier to implementing reuse systems. Even after overcoming capital cost, water suppliers are sometimes at a loss when determining appropriate rate structures for reuse customers that will benefit both the customers and the supplier.

American Water Works Association (AWWA) Manual M1 Principles of Water Rates, Fees, and Charges has long been the gold standard for water suppliers in determining what rates to...

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Co-authored by Scott Vaughan

H2O Counts is an initiative here at FNI to identify, monitor, and disseminate information related to water conservation efforts across the United States. Our Water Resource Planners are continuously looking for ways to conserve water before investing in expensive water supply projects. The H2O Counts article series will include information that is relevant to ongoing and/or future water conservation efforts.

Visit the Texas city websites below to learn about their Water Conservation Incentive and Rebate Programs. Most programs...

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Newly published rainfall data could have significant effects for dam owners in Texas, including cities, counties, water districts and river authorities.

In January, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) released a new probable maximum precipitation (PMP) study for the entire state, plus adjacent regions that drain into Texas. This study updated the raw precipitation data on which dam analyses and studies are based. View the final...

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In light of recent flooding incidents at dams across the country, dam safety is now on the minds of many Americans. Many dam owners are receiving questions from constituents wondering about their nearby dams.

If your organization owns a dam, here are three questions you should be ready to answer:

  1. Is our dam safe?
  2. If a flood happened here, would our dam withstand it?
  3. What would we do if our dam had an emergency?

If you don’t know the answers, we can help. Here are the best practices we recommend:

  1. Have your dam regularly inspected
  2. ...

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