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Drought conditions slightly expanded across multiple regions of the United States this week. The nationwide Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) grew from 82 to 84, as the total percent coverage of abnormally dry (D0), moderate (D1), severe (D2) and extreme (D3) drought conditions all expanded. In addition, exceptional drought (D4) conditions developed in southeastern Colorado and southwestern Kansas. Over this past week, little to no precipitation occurred across regions of the...

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Zebra mussels are back in the news, and as they spread farther into North Texas, Freese and Nichols is helping to address the threat posed by the invasive species.

(Star-Telegram article: Officials bracing for spread of zebra mussels ​)

So far, the major impact of zebra mussels on our clients has been that North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has lost access...

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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...

Read More - DROUGHT RESPONSE: Long-Term Approach to Protecting Water Supply Avoids “Hydro-Illogical” Cycle

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