Two Projects Win Environmental Excellence Award
Two Freese and Nichols projects have received the 2016 Texas Environmental Excellence Award from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. At a banquet May 4 in Austin, awards were presented to the City of Fort Worth Water Department for the ICAP program in the Operations category, and to the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas for the Magnolia Inlet Restoration in the Civic/Community category.
The Interceptor Condition Assessment Program (ICAP) has enabled the Fort Worth Water department to assess and address the condition of 262 miles of large-diameter wastewater interceptors. The program integrates and analyzes date gathered by a multi-sensor platform (high-definition TV, Sonar, 3-D laser) and has enabled the City of prioritize maintenance based on pipe condition. Funding for the program has been renewed for the fifth year and the program is scheduled to complete the interceptor system in eight years.
The project also received the 2015 Freese and Nichols Innovation Award in the study category. Read last year's blog article: Scoping Sewers, Saving Millions
The Magnolia Inlet project brought together a broad coalition of partners to restore an area critical to the town of Indianola on the Texas Gulf Coast. A coalition of citizens, landowners, federal and state agencies, nonprofit groups, consultants and educational institutions, led by researchers with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, joined forces in 2013 with the goal of restoring a large area of salt marsh wetlands.