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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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Eighteen months after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas Gulf Coast , recovery efforts and flood management projects continue as the region improves its resiliency for future events. Although unprecedented, Houston's catastrophic flooding from Harvey was not without foreshadowing. Tax Day 2016, Memorial Day 2015 and other storms had caused similar flooding across portions of the Greater Houston Area.

Hurricane Harvey was an unprecedented storm, resulting in $125 billion in...

Read More - Tunneling Offers a Solution to Houston's Flooding Problems

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Note: This is the first part in a series. Read part two here.

Securing a safe and reliable source of water is a primary goal for any municipality. This is especially so in Texas, which in recent years has experienced record-breaking droughts and population growth.

Currently, Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) population growth estimates predict an additional 12 million people in Texas by 2050. Coupled with the ...

Read More - The Time is Now to Secure Long-Term Resources: Part 1

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March 8-14 is National Groundwater Awareness Week, which promotes the importance of preserving this natural resource. The National Groundwater Protection Association offers many resources on its website , including articles, videos and fliers about being a good steward of groundwater.

National Groundwater Awareness Week is especially important for the state of Texas during the current drought. Groundwater provides an estimated 80% of water for agricultural use and more...

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Photo courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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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