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Drought conditions overall have continued to improve compared to the previous week. The DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) decreased from 87 to 78. Light precipitation fell on most dry areas in the Northeast.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of...

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TagsCurrent Drought Conditions, Drought Index, Drought Maps, Drought Monitor, Drought Response, Drought Restrictions, Groundwater, Historical Data, reservoir levels, streamflow,

To be more cost-effective and energy-efficient, cities increasingly are shifting their wastewater treatment plants toward energy-recovery systems. And the high-rate activated sludge system (HRAS) is becoming the backbone of energy-efficient wastewater treatment processes.

But not enough research has been done on the various carbon-removal technologies available. And there is a need to better understand and improve nitrogen and phosphorous management in...

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In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s inundation of Houston in August 2017, Freese and Nichols quickly put boots on the ground to help the Harris County Flood Control District assess the extent of flood damage to the 2,500 miles of channels across the county and estimate the costs of repairs.

However, this was only the beginning of the post...

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Tagsdisaster recovery, Hurricane harvey, storm, Flood, FEMA, TWDB, Funding, EPA, CWSRF, Water and Wastewater, Stormwater, water resources,

Finding a job you love can be a meandering journey that eventually leads you to a position where your skills are a perfect fit, even if you hadn’t imagined yourself there.

It took working in several very different and unrelated fields before I joined Freese and Nichols in a business technology role that has let me build my strengths and discover strengths I didn’t realize I had.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy out of high school and wound up as an electrician’s...

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Engineers often begin projects with the following questions: when it rains, how much water infiltrates into the soil, how much water runs off, and how quickly does this water travel? 

This exercise helps us to adequately size new...

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The growing death toll from Hurricane Florence emphasizes that having a flood warning system in place is more important now than ever.

The National Weather Service estimates that floods were the leading cause of weather-related deaths in 2017 — ahead of heat — with 116 lives lost. Floods can occur at any time of the year, in any part of the country and at any time of the day or night....

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In the September 2018 Climate Prediction Center update, it was determined that there is a 50-55 percent chance of El Niño onset during the Northern Hemisphere fall 2018 (September – November), increasing to 65-70 percent during winter 2018-19. The persistence of above-average subsurface temperatures and continuing flare-ups of westerly wind anomalies also support the eventual development of El Niño. To read more, click here.

In the National Oceanic...

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TagsLa Nina, Forecasts, Drought Outlook, Drought Maps, Climate,

The Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) Draft State Flood Assessment is now open for public review and comment. All comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 3, 2018 to be considered. The TWDB is encouraging the public to participate in the contribution period before the final publication of the State Flood Assessment.

The public has three options for providing comments:

  1. Email comments to
  2. ...

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