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Now that the Texas Water Development Board has designated 15 flood planning regions , the process of developing a state flood mitigation plan is moving further ahead, and the makeup of regional planning groups should take shape this summer.

The flood planning effort outlined in Senate Bill 8, passed by the Texas Legislature in 2019, represents a new, essential and ambitious undertaking for the state. But the framework looks familiar:...

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Adhering to social distancing protocols enacted to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Center for Watershed Protection's 2020 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference originally scheduled to be held in Austin, Texas, has moved to an online format. Please visit the conference website for more information.

The virtual conference is scheduled for April 14-16. The presentations will center around increasing the resiliency of our communities in response to emerging and persistent threats to...

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Freese and Nichols Tunneling Service Leader Brian Gettinger says the emerging use of computer-controlled large-diameter tunnel boring machines could dramatically improve the outcomes of excavation projects by adjusting quickly to changes in ground conditions.

That's among the insights he shared in Tunnel Business Magazine 's "Industry Outlook 2020" feature. TBM asked four tunneling professionals about emerging trends in the industry and developments to expect in the coming year.

The roundtable gave...

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The public has until Jan. 6, 2020, to comment on Texas’ action plan detailing the use of $4.3 billion for flooding mitigation projects.

The Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced last week the state's action plan detailing the distribution and eligible uses of $4,297,189,000 in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist Texas communities with mitigation projects....

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The Texas General Land Office needs your input to help develop the upcoming Texas Mitigation Action Plan.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Texas $4.383 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds for mitigation activities related to the 2015 and 2016 floods and Hurricane Harvey. HUD rules detailing Texas’ program and allocation requirements will be published in a Federal Register notice in the coming months....

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Join Freese and Nichols in helping shape the future of flood mitigation funding.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking public input for the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) Section 1234: National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), will focus on reducing the nation’s risk by funding public infrastructure projects that increase a community’s resilience before a disaster affects an area.

The public...

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