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A new financial assistance program will soon become available to assist in the funding of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

On Nov. 5, Texas voters approved Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) . In conjunction with the constitutional amendment, the legislature made a one-time transfer of $793 million from the Economic Stabilization or “Rainy Day” Fund to the FIF via...

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The Texas Chapter of the American Public Works Association is asking public works officials and their teams to share how they’re dealing with the challenges arising from the COVID-19 outbreak. The responses are being compiled to track responses and create an up-to-date repository of information about the rapidly changing situation.

The chapter is making the data available on its website, with updates provided as more comments and questions are received.

Input can be...

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As guidance for elected officials and public works agencies, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated water, wastewater, drainage and public works employees as Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during the COVID-19 emergency.

Also included are electricity industry workers, including those involved in power transmission and distribution, and environmental remediation/monitoring technicians.

The full list of essential workers , released through the DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security...

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Water utility owners and operators are among the best-prepared public institutions in coping with emergencies. But as the coronavirus outbreak intensifies, utilities are being challenged to ensure the continuity of their operations while also reassuring their customers about the safety and reliability of their water supply.

Because of the requirements under the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 , many Water Utilities have already started updating their emergency response plans. Freese...

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The March issue of Texas Town & City, the Texas Municipal League ’s monthly magazine, features guidance for cities on Texas’ new flood planning process.

The Texas Water Development Board is finalizing rules for allocating an initial $793 million in new state funding for grants to communities that otherwise could not afford to make flood-related repairs or build mitigation infrastructure. TWDB also is responsible for gearing up...

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Texas has one of the most resilient, diverse and innovative economies in the nation, and as a result the state also is experiencing some of the fastest population growth in the country. A reliable and sustainable water supply is absolutely critical to our state's future. Fortunately, Texas has one of the longest-standing water planning processes in the nation and now is requesting public input on all 16 of its regional water plans.

Various deadlines...

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Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency recognizes Flood Safety Preparedness Week March 9-13. The week encourages Georgia residents and their families to prepare for flooding.

Approximately 14 million people across the United States were impacted by flooding last year. In 2019, flooding accounted for 3 of the 14 nationally declared weather and climate change disasters with losses exceeding a billion dollars each.

Flood Safety Preparedness Week showcases a new tip...

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In commemoration of International Women’s Day , we’re honoring the invaluable contributions of Freese and Nichols’ female leaders.

These women spearhead project teams, serve on national boards to advance their profession, shape our company and work to make our communities better places to live.

We asked these pacesetters to share their advice for young women getting started in their careers, especially in male-dominated fields.

Toni Addison, Houston...

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