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In the January 2019 Climate Prediction Center update, it was determined that El Niño is expected to form and continue through the Northern Hemisphere spring 2019 (~65 percent chance). The late winter and early spring tend to be the most favorable months for coupling, so forecasters still believe weak El Niño conditions will emerge shortly. To read more, click here.

In the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook update covering January...

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Creating a LinkedIn profile can help advance your professional career. Whether you’re looking for a job or for ways to connect with clients, coworkers or other alumni from your alma mater, LinkedIn’s networks can give you a professional edge.

However, it can be hard to effectively describe yourself in this kind of format.  Here are some things to keep in mind as you fill in the blanks.

Be professional, but show your personality. Your...

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Freese and Nichols welcomes Krista Bethune Melnar, PE, an accomplished project manager experienced with large federal contracts as well as state and local resiliency projects, as the new Stormwater Practice Leader. She also will manage the Central Texas Stormwater Group, including the Austin and San Marcos offices, to support the needs of clients in that region.

Krista has more than 19 years of experience in Texas and nationally, providing innovative solutions...

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In an effort to keep companies connected, the role of video conference calls has become vital (and yet still a little difficult to navigate at times). Here are some video-conferencing etiquette tips to keep in mind that will improve the effectiveness of your calls  – from someone who has led and attended countless meetings, in-person, over video conferencing and on the phone.

1. Mics tend to amplify background noises much louder than speakers'...

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Do you have a water, wastewater, and/or stormwater project and you need funding assistance? 

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has just opened the solicitation period for projects for the SFY 2020 Clean Water and...

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The Texas Water Development Board is now accepting Abridged Applications for the 2019 funding cycle of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas, or SWIFT.

Abridged applications are due Feb. 1.

Through four funding cycles, the SWIFT program has committed $6.2 billion to fund recommended water management strategy projects listed in the ...

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have proposed a new definition of "Waters of the United States."

This new definition will clarify what is considered a federally protected waterway and a state protected waterway as part of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The press release regarding the proposed definition can...

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Freese and Nichols' Kim Patak will present “When Rivers and Infrastructure Collide,” Jan. 23 at the Texas Regional Stormwater Conference in New Braunfels.

Millions of dollars are spent each year repairing America’s infrastructure due to damage from stream erosion. Concepts of fluvial geomorphology, planning and holistic engineering are integrated into the resiliency approach to prevent, protect, respond and recover from problems caused by...

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