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A construction milestone for the City of Fort Worth’s Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge took place on Monday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m. Construction crews positioned the bridge’s 163-foot-long arch across the Trinity River as the bridge nears completion. The $2.5-million bridge is the first arch-supported stress-ribbon bridge in the United States, and is named for local community advocate Phyllis J. Tilley who helped found Fort Worth Streams and Valleys, Mayfest and numerous other initiatives that have focused on beautifying and revitalizing the Trinity River in Fort Worth.

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Water supplies were dwindling, temperatures were soaring, and record peak day demands were experienced day after day. This is the situation many water utilities experienced during the summer of 2011. During a drought when supplies are limited, what tools are available to a water manager?

Drought Contingency Plans:These plans are more than just regulatory requirements by the TCEQ.  A well-crafted drought contingency plan can be the playbook for water managers as they encounter a drought. Minimally the drought contingency plan should:

  • Define the roles and
  • ...

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Over the last year, Freese and Nichols has hosted half-day and one-hour seminars to discuss Texas' drought with recommendations on how clients can respond. Questions included: How does the Texas drought affect our clients? How does the 2011 drought compare to previous droughts? How long will the drought last? What can our clients do in response to the drought?  Click here to view the February 2012 presentation for the one-hour Freese and Nichols drought seminar.  Click...

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TagsHistorical Drought Information, Drought Response, Drought Outlook, historical drought maps, Drought Index, Current Drought Conditions, Drought Monitor, Forecasts, Water Rights, fast-track project, Climate, La Nina, Drought Contingency,

For much of Texas, the drought of 2011 is the most severe one-year drought on record.  Climatologists predict the drought will continue for the foreseeable future. Additionally, Texas continues to grow rapidly in many metropolitan areas.  These and other factors put pressure on existing water supplies to meet demands. Water Resources Project Manager and Freese and Nichols Principal Rusty Gibson addressed these factors in a recent paper prepared for the American Society of Civil...

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Freese and Nichols is now part of a new InfoWorks Texas User Group (IWTXUG) comprised of other firms and municipalities. The group has developed a website with goals to facilitate:

  • More coordinated discussions with Innovyze
  • Provide links to discussion groups for dealing with modeling issues
  • Identifying training needs and scheduling training
  • Other purposes as they may arise

Thus far, the group has met with Innovyze representatives to discuss the new ICM software, customer support issues, and feature...

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Freese and Nichols is highly experienced in the development and management of large and small CIPs, and over the years we've encountered several common questions among clients who are considering a CIP for their own communities. Following are brief responses to those questions that we hope will be helpful to our readers. However, please do not hesitate to call any of our Ebb and Flow contacts for more information. We're glad to help!

What is a Stormwater CIP?

A CIP is a tool that can be used by a municipality to prioritize which stormwater maintenance or...

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By Guest Author – Brad B. Castleberry, Principal; Lloyd Gosselink Attorneys and Counselors

In addition to drought contingency plans, some owners should consider the stability of their water supplies, especially if the source is surface water. Surface water rights in Texas are governed by the prior appropriation doctrine, which means "first in time, first in right." Drought conditions in 2011 resulted in priority calls in several Texas river basins.  

TCEQ held a stakeholder meeting in August 2011 and a public hearing in December 2011 to discuss implementation...

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In response to the 2011 drought, many water providers were implementing multiple stages of their drought contingency plans for the first time. “Drought Forces Water Contingency Plans Across State,” first published last summer in Freese and Nichols' AquAlert, discusses specific considerations for water providers in developing and implementing a drought contingency plan. It's found on page 2 of the Summer 2011 issue of aquALERT.

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