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Typically, this time of year is “grant season” for many of our stormwater projects. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors a number of annual grants that can be used for stormwater projects. All FEMA annual grant programs have been delayed until the Congressional budget is finalized. The expectation is that the budget will be finalized following the Presidential election in November, which will likely open the grant application period in December or January. However,...

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The Texas Water Resources Institute interviewed Heather Harward, executive director of H2O4TEXAS, to learn more about the coalition.

Click here to view the interview .

Freese and Nichols is a sponsor of the ​H2O4TEXAS Coalition, which was created to increase public awareness of the critical water shortfalls facing our state and mobilize support for full implementation of the State Water Plan.

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The Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote about the Division Street Master Plan. The project envisions redevelopment opportunities for Division Street, a major thoroughfare in central Arlington.

Read the article here: How to give Division Street a makeover

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Freese and Nichols is one of two firms assisting with the The City of Tyler's Medical District Area Development Plan. The plan aims to improve accessibility and establish an identity for Tyler's Midtown area, which is home to two hospitals and Tyler Junior College.

Click here to read the full article in the Tyler Morning Telegraph .

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Freese and Nichols, Inc. and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) have collaborated to provide training classes on Bioretention Design, Downstream Assessments, and Maintenance and Inspection of Stormwater Controls. These courses are in conjunction with the integrated Stormwater Management (iSWM™) Program.

Videos of the three courses along with associated handouts are available at no charge on the NCTCOG website .

Note: Bioretention Design varies based on regional characteristics and the video...

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When a Freese and Nichols Southeast Division team replaced the Jones Creek Spillway​, west of Houston, they designed and built it to withstand an extreme scenario. But they probably didn't expect such an event to happen so soon.

On May 11, four days after completion, the Spillway was tested by a storm just under the 100-year storm event: a flood that resulted in headwaters only one foot below the design elevation. The project passed...

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H 2 O4TEXAS has released What Every Texan Should Know About Our State Water Plan, a single-page handout which explains the Water Plan, the benefits of implementation, and the costs of inaction. H 2 O4TEXAS encourages free distribution of the document to any who are interested in learning more.

Click here to view the handout.

Freese and Nichols is a sponsor of the ​H 2 O4TEXAS Coalition, which was created to...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently published a draft Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) for the fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The LAR includes a request of $146.3 million to fund the Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF) to implement projects in the State Water Plan. The LAR also requests $19 million to fund the State Participation Program (SPP).

The LAR is simply a request for funding. Both the WIF and SPP loan programs require legislative...

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