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Drought conditions continued to intensify throughout the United States. DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) increased from 66 to 72, while the percent area of D0 (abnormally dry), D1 (moderate drought), D2 (severe drought), and D3 (extreme drought) increased across the country.

Over this past week, above-normal temperatures persisted in the Southeast and the Northeast, while cold fronts swept across most of the country west of the Appalachians. Areas 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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