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This article is an update regarding the July 9, 2012 post Harley Avenue Realignment.

Construction is nearly complete on the Harley Avenue Paving and Drainage Improvements ​in the Fort Worth Cultural District. The project is set to be open for traffic this week for the 2013 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Freese and Nichols designed the project along with subconsultant Dunaway Associates.

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Brief summary of court action

A U.S. District judge ruled on January 3 that the Clean Water Act does not allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate water as a water pollutant or a pollutant surrogate, and thus the amount of flow cannot be restricted by EPA for water quality protection purposes. EPA had implemented flow volume controls as a proxy to reduce sediment issues in an impaired tributary of the Potomac River in Virginia, and had been trying to implement volume controls as part of total maximum daily load (TMDL) limits in this instance....

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In Texas, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) administers surface water rights by priority doctrine (first in time, first in right). When a senior water right holder is not getting the water to which it is entitled, it can make a senior water right call and request TCEQ enforcement of the priority doctrine. The drought of 2011 and ongoing drought conditions have challenged the priority doctrine.

In 2011, TCEQ received 15 senior water right calls resulting in the suspension of approximately 1,200 water right permits. Senior water right calls were made in the Brazos,...

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We are proud to announce that we have another ENV SP: Brett Bristow, Urban Planning and Design, Dallas, passed the ISI Envision™ exam to become certified as a Sustainability Professional by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

As an ENV SP, Brett is trained to use the Envision...

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Congratulations to Tricia Hatley​, Urban Planning and Design, Dallas, for passing the ISI Envision™ exam. She is now certified as a Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

As an ENV SP, Tricia is trained to use the Envision™ rating...

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Congratulations to Katie Hogan, Justin Oswald, Jill Trevino, and Chris Wilde, who are now Professional Engineers. Hogan, Oswald, and Trevino passed the eight-hour exam administered in October by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, and Wilde passed the exam in April.

Katie Hogan is a Stormwater Engineer in the Dallas office. Katie’s experience includes capital improvement plans for various cities, 2D modeling using XP-SWMM, and advanced hydraulic modeling using unsteady HEC-RAS.

Justin Oswald is a Stormwater Engineer in the Fort...

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Congratulations to Clay Lipscomb​, Urban Planning and Design, Dallas, for passing the ISI Envision™ exam. He is now certified as a Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) by the ​Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

As an ENV SP, Clay is trained to use the Envision...

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The Texas Water Development Board’s Flood Protection Planning grant is soliciting applications for watershed studies. Applications are due by noon on January 23, 2013. Freese and Nichols is available to assist clients in preparing and submitting applications for this grant. Please contact Jill Trevino with any questions you might have regarding this grant opportunity.

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