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In an effort to help clients identify sustainable and resilient solutions for addressing tomorrow’s water challenges, a Freese and Nichols delegation joined the national conversation on the future of water supply and management.

Serving as a delegation at the One Water Summit last week in Austin, our team heard presentations from utilities from across the country who are implementing successful programs in utility consolidation, green infrastructure, drought/flood management, rural development, smart technology,...

Read More - Taking the One Water Concept Further

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In its efforts to be a leader on energy efficiency, the Texas Army National Guard turned to an innovative geothermal-based design to reduce energy demand and increase sustainability for the heating and cooling system at the El Paso Hondo Pass Readiness Center.

The system, designed by Freese and Nichols, helped resolve problems encountered by air-cooled systems in locations such as El Paso, where dusty conditions make constant cleaning...

Read More - Geothermal Power Improves the National Guard’s Resiliency

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In late August, Dorian began as a tropical wave. By September 1st, it had rapidly intensified into a Category 5 hurricane and proceeded to sit stationary over the Bahamas wreaking havoc. After about a day or so, Dorian weakened considerably and proceeded northwest to parallel the east coast, starting in Florida. It did not make landfall until reaching North Carolina as a Category 1 on September 6th. The storm’s slower-moving nature allowed several...

Read More - Unpredictability of Mother Nature: The Impacts of Rainfall from Dorian and Imelda

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Automating the aeration and disinfection processes and completing other updates at SAWS’ Leon Creek Water Recycling Center serving the San Antonio area resulted in improved operations and cost savings on electricity, chemical and labor.

The project for the San Antonio Water System required an innovative approach to design – and construction of a bypass pumping installation to keep the plant running at 100% during the extensive repair and replacement of equipment.

The...

Read More - SAWS Leon Creek WRC Rehab Project Featured in WE&T Magazine

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As dam owners across the country have learned in dramatic fashion, disasters usually happen quickly though the conditions that cause them typically build up over time.

Whether your emergency results from a hurricane, a spillway collapse or vandalism, you as a dam owner/manager can be ready with a well-developed, up-to-date and practiced Emergency Action Plan.

Our guidance for knowing what to consider, how to prepare and how to respond recently was featured...

Read More - Disaster Happens: Build Your Dam Emergency Response Plan on a Foundation of Preparation

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released mandatory rules for the use of $6.875 billion in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds for mitigation projects across multiple states.

Here’s a partial breakdown by state or click here to view the rules. Next steps include the creation of Action Plans by each state or local government recipient.

Georgia

How much: $26.96 million What for:...

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Desalination remains a practical and affordable solution for water supply. Next in our Sustainable Water Management Series, representatives from the Texas Water Development Board, City of Corpus Christi and Freese and Nichols weigh in on the successes of desalination so far in Texas. They’ll also cover the scientific and policy lessons learned so far.

  • Texas Brackish Groundwater Science and Policy:
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Changes in the annual growth rings of exposed tree roots after exposure to the elements allow us to utilize exposed tree roots that are available on project sites for erosion rate assessment.

This method, known as dendrogeomorphology, has been predominantly used in Europe for land slide and hill-slope erosion assessment. But over the past 10 years, Bryan Dick and Ian Jewel have developed its use for assessing river and streambank erosion...

Read More - Getting to the Root of Erosion Workshop

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