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Ron Lemons, Nick Lester and Rusty Gibson at the ACEC 2015 OPAL awards gala

Nick Lester, a Transmission and Utilities Engineer in our Fort Worth office, highlighted Freese and Nichols' technical expertise in a Q&A feature in ASCE News, a news outlet of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Nick was interviewed about the Colorado River Municipal Water District's Ward County Water Supply...

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Freese and Nichols University hosted two Drought and Climate Change Seminars in Dallas on September 25, 2014. Speakers included Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, and Tom Gooch, Vice President and Water Resource Planning Group Manager at Freese and Nichols.

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A recent study by Cornell University, the University of Arizona and the U.S. Geological Survey revealed an 80 percent chance of a decade-long drought occurring in the southwestern United States, extending from Southern California to West Texas. Equally troubling, the study also mentioned a 20 percent to 50 percent chance of a 35-year “megadrought” occurring in the region. ...

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Many people, landscape architects and personal gardeners alike, struggle to find flowers that don’t require excessive watering in the summertime. If you find yourself searching for low-water-requiring annual plants, remember the five Ps (pictured above; from left to right, top to bottom):

  1. Portulaca
  2. Purslane
  3. Petunia ('VIP' and ‘Laura Bush’ only)
  4. Perennial Phlox (‘John Fanick’ or ‘Victoria’)
  5. Periwinkle

These sun-loving annual plants tolerate the summer heat and don’t require as much water as other annuals do so you can keep the...

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TagsTips, urban planning, Texas plants, Texas gardening, landscape architecture, gardening, drought,

Despite the recent rains, Texas is still in a severe drought. Municipalities, counties, planning organizations, and regional water districts are increasingly directing their focus on planning and developing strategies for long-term water resources.

In response to this continuing crisis, Freese and Nichols, in collaboration with the City of Dallas, is pleased to host an engaging and informative seminar on the drought, climate change and its implications for Texas, and water supply strategies. This seminar will provide a productive discussion of the current water situation and

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Tuesday, Sept. 24, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approved a water right permit for the Lake Ralph Hall project in Fannin County. The new reservoir will increase available water supplies for customers of the Upper Trinity Regional Water District (UTRWD) by at least 10 billion gallons a year, but permits yet to be approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are required before this project can become a reality. However, TCEQ’s approval – the first since 1985 to allow a water supply reservoir to be permitted – paves the way for the USACE permitting process to...

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As Texas continues to feel the effects of drought, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), and Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) are asking citizens across the state to help them “capture what the drought looks like for them” by sharing photos of their surroundings. The photo campaign launched Aug. 5 on Flickr, a public photo-sharing website, and already has more than 100 photos posted. The departments are also encouraging Texans to post their photos to Twitter and Instagram, using...

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The Texas Water Infrastructure Coordination Committee (TWICC) is holding a drought workshop on Thursday, August 1 at the Abilene Civic Center in Abilene, Texas. The purpose of the workshop is “to provide information about funding and other assistance for public water systems and other entities.” There is no registration fee for this workshop, but space is limited, so sign up today. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, July 30. View the workshop PDF for instructions on how to register and for more...

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