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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently posted a request for applications for the Flood Protection Planning Grant. Up to $900,000 has been authorized for this grant application cycle. Typical awards are in the $100,000 to $150,000 range. 

This grant can be used to study watersheds in Texas. The study can include hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) modeling, public input, and the development of recommended strategies to address flooding. The grant provides Texas money for up to 50 percent of the cost to develop the plan. Eligible applicants include political subdivisions...

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September is National Preparedness Month. This is the third in a series of Ebb and Flow articles encouraging awareness across the state this month.

Many of us recall the state dam safety regulations related to Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) that were passed a few years ago. You may also recall that EAPs must be reviewed annually, and the plan must be updated as necessary. It is recommended to have exercises each year to keep all parties familiar with the plan. Tabletop exercises must also be conducted at least once every five years and include the dam owner, state and local...

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Tuesday, Sept. 24, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approved a water right permit for the Lake Ralph Hall project in Fannin County. The new reservoir will increase available water supplies for customers of the Upper Trinity Regional Water District (UTRWD) by at least 10 billion gallons a year, but permits yet to be approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are required before this project can become a reality. However, TCEQ’s approval – the first since 1985 to allow a water supply reservoir to be permitted – paves the way for the USACE permitting process to...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) announced on their website that Kevin Patteson has been named its new executive administrator.

From the article: " 'Kevin Patteson has the skill set and experiences that will help us move the State Water Plan forward and help our regional water planning groups prioritize water management strategies and projects,' said Board Chairman Carlos Rubinstein. 'He has a demonstrated ability to understand and work with state and federal agencies in moving toward water project implementation.' "

He will begin serving on Oct. 1, 2013.  ...

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The Clearfork Main Street Bridge was spotlighted on Good Morning Texas on Wednesday, Sept. 18. WFAA/Channel 8 reporter Paige McCoy Smith bicycled along the pedestrian bridge and interviewed Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Streams and Valleys...

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September is National Preparedness Month. This is the second in a series of Ebb and Flow articles encouraging awareness across the state this month.

The recent flooding in Colorado is a devastating reminder that a disaster can strike at any moment. If a disaster were to occur, would you be prepared to be without electricity, food and water for at least three days?

FEMA’s Ready campaign, www.ready.gov, provides several tools to “Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.” One way to stay prepared is to build a kit for disaster preparedness. This...

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Streams and Valleys presents Opening Day at the Clearfork Main Street Pedestrian Bridge, Thursday, Sept. 19.

Ribbon-cutting and dedication of public artworks: 9:30 a.m. Trail party and evening stroll: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Bring your friends! Enjoy refreshments, music and special presentations by artists Devon Nowlin and Tommy Fitzpatrick. Then throw on your running shoes and do the "Oxbow Stroll," a casual, two-mile run/walk/bike to Heart of the Ranch and back.

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From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD):

"The 83rd Texas Legislature has restored approximately half of the Texas Recreation Parks Account (TRPA) and Large County & Municipality Recreation and Parks Account funding for the 2014-2015 biennium. Funding will become available in 2014 for the Local Park Grant Program and for the Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP). As this is only a partial restoration, program rules such as award ceilings, scoring criteria and application deadlines need to be reviewed. To assess the needs and desires of our grant customers, we...

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