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The Texas Water Development Board’s announcement of the Request for Applications for the Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 Flood Protection grants has been posted. 

The purpose of this request for applications is to provide assistance to political subdivisions to implement prevention and/or corrective measures for reducing loss of life and property due to flood. In consideration of the significant and deadly flooding events...

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The City of Houston recently updated floodplain regulations after massive flooding and damages occurred throughout Harris County and surrounding areas in recent years. The flood damages have resulted from major rainfall events; Hurricane Harvey (2017), the 2016 Tax Day Flood, and the 2015 Memorial Day Flood. The regulations were updated to better ensure the welfare and safety of the public and to increase the resiliency of communities as they recover and prepare for future rainfall events.

On April 4, the Houston...

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Freese and Nichols is partnering with the American Water Works Association and the water community to recognize the vital role drinking water plays in our daily lives.

Every day we work with you to make our water safer, cleaner and available in your faucet. As part of National Drinking Water Week, we looked into simple ways you can...

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Update on Stormwater General Permit TXR040000

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) continues to negotiate with the EPA regarding provisions for the upcoming renewal of the Phase II (Small) MS4 5-year permit, which requires cities and other public entities in populated areas to implement a stormwater quality program. The current permit is scheduled to expire in December, and the draft renewal permit’s scheduled April release for public review and comment this month appears to be pushed back to at...

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The USACE has released a new version of HEC-RAS that has several new features.

Those features include enhancement to storage area/ 2D hydraulic connections, variable time steps, internal boundary conditions lines for 2D areas, new velocity term for 2D flow area boundary conditions and RAS Mapper editing tools. 

Other minor enhancements were added and repairs were made as well.

For a more detailed description of the changes...

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Commuters on the Turner Turnpike between Tulsa and Oklahoma City have seen road construction aggressively taking place.

The construction is part of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s (OTA) Driving Forward program. The Turner Turnpike is being widened to six lanes --  three lanes each direction. The result will be less congestion, improved safety and better traffic flow.

Several contractors on this project are working to finish the project expeditiously...

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TagsOklahoma, oklahoma turnpike authority, Transportation, road, highway, OTA,

We're excited about our 22 presentations at Texas Water. 

From asset management to wastewater collection to engineering ethics, our presentations address your challenges. With 13 offices across Texas, we are the experts next door that you can rely on. We look forward to seeing you at the presentations and Booth 631.

See all of our presentations below by topic or ...

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now requesting Letters of Interest for water infrastructure projects across the country for consideration under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program with as much as $5.5 billion in loans available. 

Those seeking WIFIA credit assistance must submit a letter of interest by July 6.

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TagsFunding, EPA, wifia, water infrastructure,

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