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As a young professional, you might kick yourself when you make a mistake or wonder whether you have what it takes to succeed in your career.

Perseverance is about learning from failure and continuing to move forward.

My journey to becoming an engineer doesn’t look like the “typical path.” But everyone faces challenges along the way. I hope sharing the lessons I’ve learned can affect someone else in a positive way.

Finding...

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Photo Courtesy of David Ewoldt, www.okweatherwatch.com

As Oklahoma dries out before more rain is expected next week, it’s important to assess your infrastructure for floodwater damage.

On May 24, Gov. Stitt placed all counties under a state of emergency because of flooding, severe storms, tornadoes and winds that started in April. Six people have died so far across the state because of the severe weather.

According to the Oklahoma...

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Today, Freese and Nichols joins the dam safety industry today to raise awareness about National Dam Safety Awareness Day.

National Dam Safety Awareness Day commemorates the 1889 failure of South Fork Dam near Johnstown, Pennsylvania, that claimed more than 2,200 lives and led to the public awareness of the importance of dam safety.

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) calls May 31 a day for “remembering the lessons learned from...

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Forecasters are predicting a close to normal hurricane season, which officially kicks off Saturday, June 1, in the United States.

The NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center and Colorado State University ’s hurricane team are both estimating the season will be about average. NOAA predicts a range of 9 to 15 named storms, with four to eight hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes (with winds of 111 mph or higher).

Meanwhile, Colorado State predicted...

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Join Freese and Nichols in helping shape the future of flood mitigation funding.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking public input for the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) Section 1234: National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), will focus on reducing the nation’s risk by funding public infrastructure projects that increase a community’s resilience before a disaster affects an area.

The public...

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This is part 2. Read the first one on how to find the right mentor.

Having mentors can be instrumental in your career growth.

As covered in the previous article, finding the right mentor is a critical first step. Personally, I like to have mentors inside and outside of the organization and at all different life stages to give me different perspectives. My mentors within the organization advocate for me and provide...

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Freese and Nichols is leading a team conducting Phase One of a study for the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) to determine whether deep underground tunnels can help improve resiliency in the region by alleviating persistent and destructive flooding.

HCFCD is responsible for approximately 2,500 miles of bayous and tributaries that drain stormwater from Harris County, including Houston and some of Texas’ fastest-growing suburbs. It is using a federal grant to study...

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To better plan and prepare for flooding events, it is important to be aware of available resources.

“It is crucial that Texans understand and respect the power of water. Planning and preparing are the keys to reducing loss of life and property," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wrote in his Texas Flood Awareness Week Proclamation. Read more about it here.

Our stormwater group has compiled the following list of national and state websites,...

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