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The Floyd Branch Storm Drain Improvements project is currently under construction in downtown Richardson. The area consists of a mix of industrial and commercial buildings, and the existing storm drain system is currently undersized per City standards. The insufficient pipe capacity causes street flooding up to three feet during the 100-year storm event.

Freese and Nichols designed a proposed pipe system using EPA SWMM modeling to size the proposed box culverts. An interesting aspect of EPA SWMM is the ability to represent overland flow. Modeling the system in EPA SWMM and...

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On Wednesday, Nov. 13, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) are presenting a workshop on Performance-Based Planning and Programming and Transportation Performance Management at the Texas Department of Transportation Riverside Campus in Austin.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis for up to 100 attendees. To register, send your name, organization, position, mailing address, phone number and email address to Kirk D. Fauver, kirk.fauver@dot.gov, by Nov. 1.

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Our Stormwater team is gearing up for the Texas Floodplain Management Association's fall conference in Austin. Freese and Nichols is a sponsor of the Sept. 11-13 event, and the conference portfolio that all attendees will receive will bear our logo. Here's a look at the other ways we'll be participating:

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

Preparedness is not limited to personal disaster kits and knowing your emergency evacuation routes. Hazard Mitigation Action Plans (HMAPs) are a way for local governments to put preparedness at the forefront by prioritizing mitigation strategies and reducing the effects of hazards.

Katie Hogan, P.E., CFM, and Ben McWhorter, E.I.T., CFM, of Freese and Nichols will be discussing facets of HMAPs at the TFMA 2013 Fall...

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The annual Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs are open and accepting applications.

  • The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program can be used for acquisition/demolition, structure elevation, dry flood-proofing and localized flood reduction projects. Applications for the FMA program must be submitted via eGrants by Sept. 17, 2013.
  • The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program can be used for acquisition/demolition, structure elevation, dry flood-proofing, localized flood reduction projects and new/updated Hazard
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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently announced the approval of the State Fiscal Year 2014 Clean Water (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Intended Use...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently announced the approval of the State Fiscal Year 2014 Clean Water (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Intended Use...

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The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) reported Friday, Aug. 16, that the federal government and DeKalb County, Georgia reached a settlement in a lawsuit regarding federal facilities’ payment of municipal stormwater utility fees. The settlement requires the federal government to pay the disputed stormwater fees in question.  In 2011, a federal law was passed requiring the federal government to pay stormwater fees established by local governments. The U.S. General Accounting Office shortly after determined that stormwater fees are actually a tax and since the federal...

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