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On May 8, FEMA released its Preliminary Damage Assessment Guide (PDA Guide), the update to the 2016 Damage Assessment Operations Manual. The purpose of the PDA Guide and its accompanying PDA Pocket Guide is to establish a framework for how emergency management officials, at every level of government, document and validate details of damage following a disaster.

Guidance in the PDA Guide went into effect on June 8 and will...

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This article is a preview of a presentation recorded for the Collection Systems Digital Conference presented by the Water Environment Federation.

In downtown Dallas, approximately 40% of the City's sewer flow passes through a a single 90-inch interceptor structure, which was deteriorating. Because the site is inaccessible to large construction equipment, critical repairs had to take place from within the structure.

To solve this challenge, the City designed a 150-MGD...

Read More - Successful Procedure: Wastewater Bypass in the Heart of Dallas

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TagsWastewater, pump station, bypass,

The 2020 ASFPM Annual National Conference , originally scheduled to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, has been moved to a virtual format. Although we wish we had been able to welcome you in Cowtown this year, we are looking forward to a great slate of presentations and other engaging content online.

The conference will be held June 9-11. We hope you’ll tune in to one of our presentations, detailed...

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TagsASFPM, Stormwater, Flooding, floodplain, overtopping, Flood, flood risk,

Read Part 2: How Investments in Climate Resiliency Can Pay Off Later here:

As Tropical Storm Cristobal makes its way into the Gulf of Mexico, the 2020 hurricane season is off to an early start. The question is, is your water and wastewater infrastructure climate ready?

Meteorologists at Colorado State , Penn State and the University of Arizona are all predicting...

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Tagsresiliency, Coastal, florida, Infrastructure, Water, Wastewater, tropical storm, Hurricane,

Note: This article was featured in the June 2020 edition of the APWA Reporter. Read the e-edition here.

Farmers Branch Creek, located in a picturesque North Dallas suburb, offers residents waterside views from their private backyards. But when torrential rains caused two 50-year-old private dams on the 7-mile creek to crumble, the shifting water threatened a third dam, a private home and a public sanitary sewer line. The...

Read More - Course Correction on Farmers Branch Creek

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Tagsstreambank, resiliency, dam, bank, bank stabilization, channel, emergency,

This ongoing series will spotlight upcoming infrastructure funding opportunities, both State and Federal. In this installment, we feature two imminent opportunities (one zero percent interest rate State loan and one Federal grant), both related to flooding and both with application deadlines in the summer of 2020. (Click here to read the previous post: Coronavirus Exposes Long-Standing Infrastructure Funding Vulnerabilities .)

Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF)

Approved by Texas voters...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) kicked off state and regional flood planning in Texas with the approval of rules following months of feedback and requested nominations for group members.

Approval of Rules

On May 21 the TWDB approved the final administrative State and Regional Flood Planning rules. Proposed rules were approved by the TWDB on Dec. 5, 2019. Written comments were received through Feb. 3 and oral comments during...

Read More - TWDB Continues Forward Progress on the Texas State Flood Plan

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TagsTWDB, State flood plan, regional flood plan, texas flood plan, Stormwater, resiliency, region,

Water conservation is a perennial critical issue in the water industry. American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) 2019 State of the Water Industry Report showed conservation moving from 21st place to 16th place, and ranking 3rd among small utilities. The draft 2022 Texas State Water Plan shows that 37% of strategies in 2020 to meet the state’s growing water demand will be met by demand reduction, up from 31% in...

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TagsWater, Water conservation, PACE, environmental, water supply,

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