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Congratulations to Texas Water Development Board Executive Administrator Melanie Callahan, who was named Administrator of the Year by the Texas State Agency Business Administrator's Association (TSABAA). Ms. Callahan was named TWDB's interim executive administrator in March 2011 and executive administrator in December 2011.

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Written by Keeley Kirksey, P.E. and Rachel Ickert, P.E.

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Although drought conditions across most of Texas have improved since October of 2011, the June 19 U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that only 10 percent of the state is drought-free. This spring, reservoir levels increased significantly in many areas of the state, which has caused some Texans to resort back to a state of apathy in the hydro-illogic cycle (discussed in the...

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The North Texas Land/Water Sustainability Forum is organizing a Low Impact Development (LID) design competition in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). The competition includes designs for four professional projects and one student project, all located within the DFW Metroplex. The professional competition features projects in urban redevelopment, green streets, mixed use development and multi-family development while the student competition focuses on urban residential redevelopment.  Contestants are challenged with creating a design for each of these projects using iSWM design techniques for low...

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The Texas Water Development Board is expected to have funds available in the Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF) left from the previous year’s appropriations to implement State Water Plan projects. The deadline to submit applications for this funding is August 1, 2012. Please note that after this funding is spent, no additional funding will be available for this loan without legislative authorization. Although the voters approved a $6-billion debt offering, these funds will not have incentives, discounts or deferrals until the legislature provides a revenue stream for the debt service on those...

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The Texas Water Development Board is expected to have funds available in the Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF) left from the previous year’s appropriations to implement State Water Plan projects. The deadline to submit applications for this funding is August 1, 2012.  Please note that after this funding is spent, no additional funding will be available for this loan without legislative authorization. Although the voters approved a $6-billion debt offering, these funds will not have incentives, discounts or deferrals until the legislature provides a revenue stream for the debt service on...

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Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) is more often recognized for its water supply and flood protection efforts, but the District is also in charge of providing recreation for the beautiful Trinity Trail system. Near the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, accessing the Farmers Branch Creek waterfalls (also known as Airfield Falls) off the Trinity River from the existing trail system has been difficult. To address this issue, Freese and Nichols began design of the Airfield Falls Trailhead for TRWD earlier this year to improve access and enhance the aesthetics and user...

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When much-needed rains soaked many parts of the state, residents and media outlets cheered, “The drought has broken!” The rains were a relief to those areas; however, much of the state remains in a serious drought, and many municipalities in other areas are cautiously maintaining their Stage I, Stage II, or even Stage III drought status.

Fortunately, those municipalities have avoided falling prey to the “hydro-illogical” cycle, where apathy follows rain, and then concern follows a drought, which leads to panic after the drought continues.

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